To encourage VU and VUmc researchers to publish in Open Access the University Library has made OA arrangements with a number of major publishers thus enabling VU and VUmc scientists to publish their articles OA free of charge (100% APC discount) or with an APC discount (e.g. 15% APC discount) in high quality journals. APC stands for Article Processing Charge. Currently more than 8,000 journals are included in the OA-arrangements, of which more than 4,000 titles have an impact factor with more than 1,000 in the 1st quartile.
Overview of VU/VUmc OA-deals
Below you find an Overview of VU/VUmc OA deals with publishers. Underneath this overview you find concise information about the terms and workflow per publisher.
VU Journal Publishing Guide
Check in the VU Journal Publishing Guide if the journal of your choice allows Open Access publishing/ if there is an OA-deal.
Questions about Open Access?
Please contact our Open Access team through email@example.com
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Corresponding authors of VU and VUmc can publish Open Access free of charge in 57 ACS journals. This does not include the ACS Central Science en ACS Omega journals. Authors wil automatically receive an ACS Author Choice Open Access License.after acceptance of their manuscript. VU and VUmc employees are recognized based on their VU or VUmc e-mail address at submission.
A discount of 15% is available for BioMed Central and Springer Open article-processing charges (APCs) for all VU and VUmc staff. If you submit your manuscript from an IP address at the VU or VUmc the membership discount will be automatically applied. If you submit your manuscript using a non-registered IP address you should choose the option “I believe that I am covered by an institutional membership arrangement” and select your institution from the drop-down list on the APC agreement page. More information can be found on the BioMed Central website.
Corresponding authors from the VU and VUmc can publish Open Access free of charge in 40 journals of Brill in International Law and International Relations. You can state your eligibility and request an Open Access publication during submission in one of the forty selected journals. Corresponding authors have to use their institutional email address or ORCID during submission. Another option is to contact Brill directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to request to make a publication open access. More information about the procedure can be found on the Brill website.
British Medical Journal / BMJ Journals
A discount of 25% is available for article-processing charges (APCs) in all BMJ journals for VU and VUmc staff. During submission, you will be recognized as a corresponding author of VU and/or VUmc by your institutional e-mail address.
Researchers of the VU and VUmc can now publish Open Access free of charge in the journals published by Cogitatio Press, an open access, academic publisher specialized in peer-reviewed journals. Cogitatio publishes four journals, Media and Communication , Politics and Governance , Social Inclusion and Urban Planning. VU and VUmc employees are recognized based on their VU or VUmc e-mail address at submission and will receive confirmation that the fee is paid by the institution.
Cambridge University Press
Researchers of the VU and VUmc can publish open access in 339 hybrid and 17 open access journals of Cambridge University Press.
The APC is waived after the corresponding author indicates his/her affiliation after acceptance. An ‘Apply Discount’ button will appear by which the OA procedure is confirmed. The agreement is valid from 1 June 2017 until 1 June 2020.
On behalf of the Dutch Universities, the VSNU has reached an agreement with Elsevier allowing Open Access publication free of charge in a selection of Elsevier journals. For this selection of journals there is a 100% discount on the Article Processing Charges (APC’s). The selection of magazines has been expanded since July 1, 2019. Please note, journals added by Elsevier on 1 July 2019, the APC discount conditions only apply to articles submitted after that date. When submitting a manuscript, corresponding VU and VUmc authors can indicate their affiliation with a Dutch University and select an Open Access license from a list. VU/VUmc have a preference for the CC-BY 4.0 license.
Corresponding authors from VU and VUmc can use vouchers for Open Access publishing in Emerald journals to which VU has a current subscription. The number of vouchers is finite, the publisher will place a message on the website when the maximum amount of vouchers have been awarded. This scheme is valid until the end of 2020.
How does it work ?
While submitting you can choose the option "yes, I want to publish my article as Open Access and my institution is a prepaid APC voucher" in the Emerald submissions system on the Emerald APC webpage. After acceptance of the article you will receive a message whether you are eligible for a free voucher. After completing and signing the CC-BY license, the Open Access article is published. You can find more information about the workflow here.
Update 18 July 2019: The VU Amsterdam prepayment fund is now exhausted and APCs will not be covered under this agreement until further notice. Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
The University Library has arranged a pre-paid arrangement with Open Access publisher Frontiers for 2019. This means that VU researchers (who did not use this scheme before) can publish in a Frontiers journal free of charge from 1 March 2019. The funding comes from a special VU budget, therefore researchers from the VUmc can not use the scheme. The UL reimburses the Article Processing Costs (APC) as long as there is sufficient budget. The arrangement can only be used (as long as there is a budget) by:
- corresponding authors from the VU University,
- who did not make use of the VU Frontiers 'pre-paid arrangement' in 2018.
- You can only apply for articles that you submit after 1 March (one article per author).
When submitting your manuscript at Frontiers, select under 'VU University Amsterdam'. The Article Processing Costs (APC) for your publication are then automatically fully reimbursed by the library. ACTA researchers with a VU affiliation can make use of the VU Frontiers pre paid Arrangement.
Corresponding authors of VU and VUmc can publish Open Access free of charge in 110 Karger journals. The authors must provide a cover letter at submission referring to their authorized status.
See Kargers website and select Netherlands in the pulldown menu for additional information.
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Corresponding authors of VU and VUmc can publish in Open Access free of charge in 228 hybride Lippincott Williams & Wilkins journals. Full Open Access journals are excluded from this deal. Please use the waiver code UKBOVIDDLD2017 once your article is accepted for publication. The waiver code is valid until the end of 2019.
The University Library has signed an agreement with Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). Corresponding authors associated with the VU and VUmc will receive a 25% discount on the Article Processing Charges (APCs) for Open Access publications. VU/VUmc employees are recognized on the basis of domain and IP address.
Oxford University Press
Corresponding author's from the VU and VUmc can publish Open Access free of charge in approximately 322 journals from OUP. After acceptance of the article, the author can opt for an Open Access license via OUP's online licensing and payment system, Author Services. By choosing refer charges you ensure that the costs are paid from the pre-payment account of the Dutch universities. You will find more information about the procedure on the OUP website.
The University Library has signed an Open Access Membership Agreement with the Royal Society. As a result, from 1 March 2018, VU and VUmc researchers will receive a 25% discount on open access publishing costs for all peer-reviewed journals of the Royal Society.
You can request the discount if you are the corresponding author of the article. When submitting the manuscript, choose "Open Access publishing" and then select "VU University Amsterdam" from the list of Membership Institutions. The discount of 25% is granted by the Royal Society after verification by the library. Always use the e-mail address of your institution when submitting your manuscript.
Corresponding authors of VU and VUmc can publish in Open Access free of charge in 900 journals published by SAGE. This deal is valid from 2017 to 2019.
During submission, you will be recognized as a corresponding author of VU and/or VUmc by your institutional e-mail address. It is therefore important to use the e-mail address of your institution on submission of your manuscript. The publisher will send you a personal message with a request to fill out a form and send it by return mail. The article is made Open Access without cost if SAGE receives the form in a timely manner. Articles cannot be made Open Access after publication.
Corresponding authors of VU and VUmc can publish in Open Access free of charge in ca. 1.850 journals in the Springer Open Choice program. The scheme applies retroactively from 1 January 2018 and runs until 31 December 2021.
If your article is accepted for publication you will be asked to confirm your affiliation (VU University Amsterdam / VU University Medical Center) in the “Special Affiliation” drop-down menu and to agree to the open access copyright and license terms. More information can be found on the Springer website.
Not eligible for this arrangement are the titles of Learned Societies, BioMed Central and Springer Open. The journals from the Springer Open and BioMedCentral program are eligible for a 15% discount. For more information, see also BioMedCentral on this page.
Taylor & Francis en Routledge
Corresponding authors of VU and VUmc can publish in Open Access free of charge in ca. 2300 journals published by Taylor & Francis and Routledge.
During submission, you will be recognized as a corresponding author of VU and/or VUmc by your institutional e-mail address. It is therefore important to use the e-mail address of your institution on submission of your manuscript. You will receive an e-mail once your article has been accepted for publication with confirmation that the costs will be paid by the VSNU agreement. More information can be found on the Taylor & Francis website.
Walter de Gruyter
Corresponding authors of VU and VUmc can publish Open Access free of charge in hybrid journals of Walter de Gruyter. This does not include full Open Access journals. The agreement applies only to journals the VU University Library subscribed to. VU and VUmc employees are recognized based on their VU or VUmc e-mail address at submission.
Additionally VU- and VUmc-employees receive a discount of 20% on the publication costs when publishing in Open Access in one of the more than 500 full Open Access journals in the‘De Gruyter Open Access Institutional Member Scheme’. The discount also applies to book chapters and book series.
Corresponding authors of VU and VUmc can publish in Open Access free of charge in 1400 journals published by Wiley. This deal is valid from 2016 to 2019.
Once your article is accepted for publication you can fill out the ‘OnlineOpen’ form on the Wiley author services page and select VU or VUmc under Funder/Institution Payment. Once your eligibility has been verified, your institution will cover the article publication charge and the article will be made Open Access immediately on publication.
Please note! Wiley also publishes a number of full Open Access journals that are not covered by this deal. More information about the procedure and journal titles can be found on the Wiley website.
The University Library has formed an "Open Access team" that organizes various activities related to Open Access. If you have questions about the above or any other questions regarding Open Access, please contact the Open Access team via firstname.lastname@example.org