Get an APC discount on publishing Open Access through the VSNU's Open Access deals

Read the VU Journal Publishing Guide to discover the options in your field.

05/23/2019 | 2:38 PM

‘In 2018, around 48% of the publications at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam were published Open Access. The authors often used the VSNU's Open Access deals with discounts (up to 100%) on the Article Processing Charge’, said Arjan de Rooy, open access specialist at the University Library. arjanderooykleiner ‘We are glad to assist any researchers at VU Amsterdam who would like to make use of the VSNU's Open Access deals. Our website  for example provides an overview of Open Access Agreements and the VU Journal Publishing Guide.’

9,000 quality journals
‘The VSNU's Open Access Agreements cover over 9,000 quality journals from publishers including Oxford University Press, Springer, Wiley, Taylor & Francis and Elsevier. In addition, VU Amsterdam has concluded a number of Open Access deals with other publishers.’

VU Journal Publishing Guide
‘The VU Journal Publishing Guide shows you at a glance whether the VSNU's agreements involve any journals from your discipline. In the online guide, you can see the key journals of your field with their impact and metrics, whether a journal allows Open Access publishing, whether VU Amsterdam or the VSNU have concluded an Open Access deal with a journal and to what the resulting discount on the Article Processing Charge amounts.’

Corresponding authors with a VU Amsterdam/VU University Medical Center affiliation
De Rooy: ‘Taking advantage of the VSNU's Open Access deals is possible if you are the corresponding author of the publication and you have been appointed at VU Amsterdam or VU University Medical Center. On submitting an article, always enter your work email address at VU Amsterdam or VU University Medical Center (never enter your private email address). In this way, the publisher's computer system will immediately recognise you as an author from VU Amsterdam or VU University Medical Center. The University Library website contains information about how to submitting your article to any of the publishers.’

Plan S and the VSNU's Open Access deals
‘While Plan S is still far from settled at the moment, what is certain is that you will meet its criteria if you publish in one of the journals covered by the VSNU's Open Access deals during the transition period (until late-2021).’

Questions about Open Access? Contact the University Library!
‘If researchers have any questions about submitting their article or doubts about being reimbursed for their costs, they should contact the University Library's Open Access team. They can do so on +31 (0)20 598 5200 or at openaccess.ub@vu.nl. Alternatively, I am happy to drop by at their department and present them with options for Open Access.’

Identifying predatory journals
‘The University Library website also provides a checklist when publishing Open Access, including areas for attention. Among other things, it offers tips for identifying “predatory journals”.’

2018: Half of Dutch scientific output published Open Access
About half of the Dutch scientific output was published Open Access in 2018. Authors mainly used the VSNU's Open Access deals to do so.