Open access costs

Open access publishing may involve costs, Article Processing Charges (APCs). This depends on the conditions set by the journal in which you want to publish.

In the UU Journal Browser you will find in what journals you, as a Utrecht University researcher, can publish for free or against a discount.

I have to pay, what to do?

The available options for reimbursement of open access costs depend on the funder of your research project. Below you will find information for each funder about reimbursement of your costs.

1. Utrecht University or UMCU without external funding (the first flow of funds)

Is it not possible to pay for the APCs from your research funding and is a journal in which you publish for free not an option? Maybe your faculty can take care of the funding.

Funding options per faculty

Below you will find the funding options for each faculty as far as they are known. Is your faculty missing? Please ask your faculty if funding options are available.

2. Dutch research Council (NWO) and ZonMw (Dutch Organisation for Health Research and Health Innovation) (the second flow of funds).

You can pay for the costs of open access publishing from the project budget of the funder. Publishing in a full open access journal is a condition for reimbursement.

In addition NWO has a separate fund for open access books.

More about funding by NWO and ZonMw.

3. European Union (third flow of funds)

You can pay for the costs of open access publishing from your project budget. This applies to articles in full open access journals and hybrid journals, but also to open access books.

In the case of projects that are part of the Horizon Europe programme costs of articles in hybrid journals can no longer be paid from the project budget.

More about the EU as research funder.