Often costs are charged by publishers for open access publishing (the Publication Fee or Article Processing Charge - APC). Ask yourself the following three questions about the funding of your open access publication.
At best your publisher is part of a Big Deal. This means that you usually don't have to pay for your open access publication. In addition, the University Library has obtained discounts with a number of publishers.
The VSNU (Association of universities in the Netherlands) has reached agreements with several large publishers about Open Access: the Big Deals. Large packets of electronic jounals that are bought by many Dutch universities are part of the Big Deals
In (a selection of) journals of the following publishers no open access costs are involved:
- American Chemical Society (ACS)
- Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
- Royal Society of Chemistry
- Springer (see also the discount for SpringerOpen journals)
- Taylor & Francis
- Walter de Gruyter
Have a look at the national open access agreements, including an up-to-date list of journals within these deals.
Authors get a 15% discount on the publicaton costs in one of the almost 300 open access journals of Biomed Central. The discount is applied automatically by the publisher. You will find more information about this discount on the Biomed Central website.
BMJ Journals and Case Reports
Authors get a 25% discount on the publication costs. The discount is applied automatically by the publisher.
Authors get a 15% discount on the publication costs in one of the journals of the Microbiology Society, and even a 50% discount on the publication costs in JMM Case Reports. More information on the website of Microbiology Society.
Royal Society of Chemistry
A limited number of vouchers to make publications open access without publication fees is available at the University Library for researchers whose articles have been accepted in a journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry. For more information, please contact the Science subject librarian Maartje Leenders.
Authors get a 15% discount on the publication costs in the over 200 Springer full open access journals. The discount is automatically applied by the publisher. More information about this discount on the Springer website.
Open Access funding by NWO
The NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) funds open access publications of:
- Articles in a full open access, peer reviewed journal
- Peer reviewed books or monographs published by academic publishers or in academic series
Please note: there is a maximum of €6,000 per research project and you can ask for a reimbursement up to six months after publication.
More information about the incentive fund open access.
Open Access funding by the EU
The Horizon2020 project by the European Commission reimburses the following open access publications:
- Articles in full open access journals
- Articles in hybrid journals
Please note: the costs are only reimbursed for the duration of the project. No maximum amount has been fixed, but the costs must fit within the budget of the project.
More information about Horizon2020 of the European Commission.
Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
The FP7 of OpenAire reimburses the following open access publications (after the project has finished):
- Articles in a full open access journal
- Open access books
Please note: the publication fees are refunded up to two years after the end of the project and there is a maximum of three publications per project.
Read more about FP7 of OpenAire.
You could appeal to the Utrecht University Open Access Fund till the end of 2016. At this moment it is not yet known if the Open Access Fund will be continued in 2017. Till further notice invoices for Open Access publishing will still be processed and 50% of the costs will be refunded to the faculty/department where the (corresponding) author is employed.
We will inform you as soon as more details are known. Any questions? Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Access Fund applications
Please apply for reimbursement by filling in the Open Access Fund form (in Dutch only), and attach a scan of your invoice. If your application meets the following requirements, 50% of the costs will be refunded to the faculty/department where the (corresponding) author is employed. Your application will be confirmed.
Please note: payment from the Open Access Fund is paid in arrears. The invoice must be paid first.
Conditions Utrecht University Open Access Fund
- The corresponding author is employed by Utrecht University or the University Medical Center Utrecht.
- You do not receive a publication grant from NWO or other parties.
- You publish in a full open access journal of high quality. The journal is in the Directory of Open access Journals (DOAJ).
- Open access books must meet the demands as made in the Directory of Open access Books (DOAB). This means that the book is published under an open access licence (such as a Creative Commons licence) and that peer review has taken place before the publication.
- The full text of the publication must be placed in the Utrecht University Repository as soon as possible after its publication
Questions about the Open Access Fund
Any questions? Please send an email to email@example.com