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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Corresponding authors of VU and Vumc can publish Open Access free of charge in more than 60 ACM journals & conference proceedings.
When submitting your manuscript, clearly indicate your VU or VUmc affiliation and use your VU / VUmc e-mail address. After acceptance of your manuscript, you will receive a link to the ACM Open Author eRights platform of the journal. Select the desired Creative Commons license under "Institutionally Paid Open Access / Permissions Release". The article will then be published Open Access free of charge.
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.
Researchers from VU Amsterdam and VUmc can publish Open Access free of charge in more than 300 journals published by Brill . When submitting an article in one of these journals, corresponding authors can specify that they wish to publish their article as Open Access. When submitting an article, the author must use the university email address or his/her ORCID. Authors can also request to publish Open Access via email@example.com.
For more information about the agreement visit the Information for Authors.
British Medical Journal / BMJ Journals
Corresponding authors of VU and Vumc can publish Open Access free of charge in 64 BMJ journals.
Please use the institution's email address when submitting your manuscript. When submitting, select the appropriate affiliation (university) from the drop down menu. After verification of the affiliation by BMJ, the submitted article will be considered for free open access upon acceptance.
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 until December 31st 2020.
Researchers of the VU and VUmc can 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
The Company of Biologists
VU and VUmc researchers can publish Open Access free of charge in the journals Development, Journal of Cell Science and the Journal of Experimental Biology. Corresponding authors must choose the Open Access option when submitting a manuscript and indicate their affiliation with VU or VUmc. Use of VU or VUmc e-mail address is mandatory. More information about the procedure can be found on the website of The Company of Biologist.
Please note ! The titles Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open are excluded from this regulation. Free Open Access publication is not possible in these journals.
Corresponding authors from VU Amsterdam and VUmc can publish Open Access free of charge in a selection of more than 2,000 hybrid and full open access Elsevier journals.
You can find out whether or not a journal is included in the selection by looking it up in the VU Journal Publishing Guide. When doing so, ensure that you note the conditions imposed with regard to the submission date, as this varies by journal and is indicated separately for each title. Articles submitted before this date do not qualify for free open access publication.
If the article is accepted, you will receive an email with a link to Elsevier’s authoring system, where you can specify that you are affiliated with a Dutch university and select the Gold Open Access option. You can also select a Creative Commons licence. VU Amsterdam’s preference is for the CC-BY 4.0 licence.
More information about the procedure can be found on Elsevier’s website. Please note that the procedure may be subject to changes.
Corresponding authors of VU and VUmc can make use of a limited number vouchers for Open Access publishing in Emerald journals to which VU has a current subscription.
Note: The details of a new agreement with this publisher are currently being worked out. The open access agreements from the previous agreement will be continued for so long, but the selection of journals in which this is possible may have changed as of 2021. Contact the VU Open Access team for more information.
During submission, you can choose the option "yes, I want to publish my article as open access and my institution is elligible for a prepaid APC voucher" in the Emerald submission system on the Emerald APC web page. After acceptance of the article, you will be notified whether you are eligible for a free voucher. After completing and signing the CC-BY license, the Open Access article will be published. Read detailed information from the publisher about the workflow here.
Corresponding authors (staff and students) of VU and VUmc can publish articles open access free of charge in all hybrid and full open access titles of IOS Press.
When submitting your manuscript, use the email address of the VU or VUmc. When submitting the article, also send an email (preferably from an institution email address) to firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure that the open access request is not overlooked in the workflow of IOS Press. In the email text, state the 'article reference number' of the submission, the name of your affiliated institution and put 'NL Agreement' in the subject line.
Karger 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 Amsterdam and VUmc can publish Open Access free of charge in more than 200 hybrid Lippincott Williams & Wilkins journals. Full Open Access journals are excluded from this deal. When you submit your manuscript, LWW will inform you of the options for free Open Access publication and refer you to VU’s Open Access team . Here, you can request a waiver code that you can then use in LWW’s payment system to cover the publishing charges.
Corresponding authors associated with the VU and VUmc will receive a 10% 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
The details of a new agreement with this publisher are currently being worked out. The open access conditions from the previous agreement will be continued for this time.
Corresponding authors of VU and VUmc can publish Open Access free of charge in approximately 300 hybrid journals of OUP. With the VU Journal Publishing Guide you can find out in which journals you can publish for free.
After acceptance of your article, you choose an open access license in the 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 VU.
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.
Royal Society of Chemistry
Corresponding authors of VU and VUmc can publish Open Access free of charge in 37 hybrid and 3 Open Access journals of the Royal Society of Chemistry. You can find out which titles these are in the VU Journal Publishing Guide.
Always use the VU or VUmc email address when submitting the manuscript. The author of an accepted publication will receive an email with a link to the RSC licensing system. In this system, you are automatically identified via your e-mail address as an author of an institution that is entitled to Open Access publishing free of charge. Then you choose the "Gold open access publication". For more information, see the publisher's documentation.
Corresponding authors of VU Amsterdam and VUmc can publish Open Access free of charge in around 900 journals published by SAGE. During submission, your institutional email address will identify you as a corresponding author of VU Amsterdam and/or VUmc. Make sure, therefore, that you use the email address of your institution when you submit your manuscript. The publisher will send you a personal message asking you to fill out and return a form to make the article Open Access free of charge. The article will only be made Open Access free of charge if SAGE receives the form in good time. Once it has been published, the article can generally no longer be made Open Access.
For the 160+ SAGE Pure Gold open access journals a 20% reduction on open access publishing costs is offered. A special code is required for to claim this discount. To request the 20% discount for publication in SAGE's Pure Gold Access Journal, a special code is required. You can ask the library for this code. The code is requested at the time of payment of the APC. Depending on the journal, the author must answer the payment email with the code stating the VSNU agreement or, if the system allows, enter the code into the payment system and automatically apply the code. After publication, the discount can no longer be claimed.
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 Amsterdam and VUmc can publish Open Access free of charge in more than 300 hybrid journals published by Walter de Gruyter. This does not apply to full Open access journals. You can find out whether or not a journal is included in the selection by looking it up in the VU Journal Publishing Guide . VU Amsterdam and VUmc employees are recognised by their VU/VUmc email address.
Corresponding authors receive a 20% discount on publication in 500 full open access peer-reviewed journals and OA books in the ‘De Gruyter Open Access Institutional Member Scheme’. The discount also applies to book chapters and book series.
Please note ! The details of a new agreement with this publisher are currently being worked out. The open access agreements from the previous agreement will be continued for this time. Corresponding authors of VU Amsterdam and VUmc can publish Open Access free of charge in around 1,400 journals published by Wiley. To take advantage of this deal, once your article is accepted for publication, you must select VU Amsterdam or VUmc on the ‘author services’ page in the ‘Funder/Institution Payment’ menu. This indicates that the charges will be paid under the VSNU agreement. Please note: Wiley also publishes a number of full Open Access journals. These journals are not covered by this deal. Further information on the procedure and the journal titles can be found on the Wiley website.