Agreement Association of universities in the Netherlands and publisher Springer

Publishing in Open Access free of charge for the author

The VSNU – Association of universities in the Netherlands have reached an agreement with the publisher Springer on Open Access publishing for (corresponding) authors in 2015 and 2016. Under the Agreement, all articles published by corresponding authors affiliated with a Dutch VSNU or NFU member institution will be published in Open Access free of charge for the author.
The agreement covers around 1500 journals within the Springer OpenChoice program. Journals form Learned Societies, and journals in BiomedCentral and SpringerOpen are not covered by this agreement. The agreement applies to all articles accepted in the eligible journals as of January 1st 2015.

In the new workflow, eligibility to publish your article as Open Access under this agreement will be verified by the library of the institution you selected and Springer during the production process. This will require no extra work for the corresponding author, nor extra time in the publication process.

On all article types and journals covered by the VSNU-Springer agreement are specified.

For questions on the workflow, verification process or institutions covered please refer to or You can also contact the university library for further information.