Publishing Open Access

Open Access publishing means that you make your publication freely accessible online to everyone without restrictions. The Vrije Universiteit believes that government-funded research should be available free of charge to as many people as possible. In order to stimulate Open Access publishing via the Golden Route, the VU (often in the VSNU context) has concluded OA agreements ('OA deals') with a large number of publishers.

You can publish Open Access via the Golden, Hybrid or Green Route. Consult the VU Journal Publishing Guide if you want to publish OA.
Always check the Open Access Tips and Checklist and the information about Predatory Journals before you submit your article. Any questions? Mail us via

Research funders and Open Access
An ever growing number of research funders such as NWO, ZonMw and the EU, demands that research publications that can be attributed to a specific research project that they fund are published Open Access. Some give a reimbursement of the costs for Open Access publishing. In many cases, you have to apply for a budget with your research application. 
Check the Open Access grant conditions of research funding agencies.

Overview VU Open Access deals with publishers
When a VU Open Access deal (APC discount) is applicable, you can publish OA in that particular journal free of charge (100% APC discount) or at a discount (for example at a 15% APC discount).
> Overview VU / VUmc OA agreements with publishers

The VU Journal Publishing Guide
Consult the VU Journal Publishing Guide if you want to publish OA. The guide shows you:
- the most important journals in your field plus their impact & metrics
- whether OA publishing is possible in the journal
- whether the VU has an OA deal with the journal (an APC discount or waiver)

Publishing Green Open Access via the VU Research Portal (PURE)
You can always make the full text of your publication freely accessible via the VU Research Portal by uploading it to PURE. There are no costs associated with this. Always check SherpaRomeo for the 'self archiving' policy of your publisher.

Publishing Open Access is easy:
1.    Check in the VU Journal Publishing Guide if the journal of your choice allows Open Access publishing / if there is an OA-deal
2.    Submit your article
3.    Indicate when submitting that you wish to publish Open Access

Ouestions about Open Access?
Please contact our Open Access team through

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