Often costs are charged by publishers for open access publishing (the Publication Fee or Article Processing Charge - APC). 

Ask yourself the three following questions about funding your open access publication:

1. Have funding agreements been made with the publisher?

2. If not: does the researcher funder reimburse my publication fees?

3. If not: can I use the Utrecht University open access fund?

1.Have funding agreements been made with the publisher?

 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.

Big Deals

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. Have a look at the national open access agreements, including an up-to-date list of journals within these deals.

At the moment national agreements have been made with the following publishers

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Elsevier
  • Emerald
  • Karger
  • Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Sage
  • Springer (see also the discount for  SpringerOpen journals)
  • Taylor & Francis
  • De Gruyter
  • Wiley

Discounts

In addition to the national agreements Utrecht University has entered into discount agreements with a number of publishers:

 

Biomed Central

Authors get a 15 % discount on the publication costs in one of the almost 300 open access journals of Biomed Central. The discount will be automatically taken into account by the publisher. More information on this discount can be found on the website of Biomed Central.

BMJ Journals and case reports

Authors get a 25% discount on publicaton fees. The discount will be automatically taken into account by the publisher.

Microbiology Society

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. You will find more information on the website of Microbiology Society.

Springer

Authors get a 15% discount on publication costs in one of the over 200 full open access journals of Springer. The discount will be automatically taken into account by the publisher. You will find more information about this discount on the website of Springer.

2. Does my research funder reimburse my publication fees?

  • 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

Horizon2020

The Horizon2020 project by the  European Commission reimburses the following open access publications:

  • Articles in full open access journals
  •  Articles in hybrid journals
  •  Monographs

 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.

3.  Can I use the Utrecht University Open Access Fund?

Check if you can apply for a reimbursement from the Open Access Fund.