Current situation

A chronological overview of important Dutch open access and open science successes.

22 October
Open access campaign VSNU kicks off

The Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU) has taken the initiative for a publicity campaign on open access. The campaign focuses on Dutch researchers. By 2020, all publications of Dutch researchers must be available in open access. A number of PhD candidates and renowned scientists from Dutch universities participated in the campaign. They are shown on the posters and banners that can be downloaded from under the "References" - "Promotional Materials" tab.

10 October
Open science and open access in Dutch Coalition Agreement 2018 - 2022

In the Dutch Coalition Agreement "open science" and "open access" are normative for scientific research in the Netherlands.  The title of the agreement is "Vertrouwen in de toekomst" which means "Confidence in the future".

22 May
100% open access agreement with Cambridge University Press

From June 1 2017 researchers at Dutch universities will be able to publish in open access in 339 CUP hybrid journals and 17 CUP full open access journals, without any additional costs for them.

16 May
Start Dutch campaign 'Open up to open access'

The campaign aims to inform researchers about the possibilities on publishing in open access. The Dutch uinversities have made arrangements with publishers to make it easier for their researchers. Open access gives new opportunities to science because it makes the results of reserach visible worldwide for everyone.

30 March
500,000 open access publications accessible via NARCIS

Since March 2017 the scholarly portal NARCIS gives access to over 500,000 scholarly open access publications from the repositories of all the Dutch universities, KNAW, NWO and a number of research institutes.

14 October
Overview of publisher deals launched

Via the page Publisher agreements, gives insight into the open access deals arranged between Dutch universities and publishers of academic journals.

27 May
Open access in deal with American Chemical Society

The Association of universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) reached an agreement with the American Chemical Society (ACS) about open access publishing. Starting 2017 all new articles submitted b y an author connected to a Dutch university with ACS will be published open access without extra charges.

03 February
Open access agreement with Wiley

The Dutch universities and Publisher John Wiley and Sons Inc. have reached an agreement which gives researchers of the universities the possibility to enjoy unlimited open access publication in approximately 1,400 journals of this publisher, without paying publishing charges levied at the article level.

11 December
Principle Agreement with Elsevier on Open Access publishing

The 3-year agreement starts in January 2016.

01 December
NWO tightens conditions granting OA publishing

NWO will only grant OA publishing fees if publications will be made open access immediately from the moment of publication onwards in a fully open access journal. OA publication of articles in hybrid journals will be no longer paid for.

09 October
Open access week 2015

A lot of Dutch academic institutes organize special activities from 19-23 October.

You will find an overview in our newssection. 

12 October
LingOA launched

Linguistics offers free access to academic publications and manages its own journals.

31 August
2015 completely overhauled

The national website on open access has been completely revamped. It now has a new, up-to-date look and is more interactive.

10 July
Amendment to Copyright Act

In the wake of the Dutch House of Representatives, the Senate has also adopted the amendment proposed by MP Taverne (in Dutch). The Dutch Copyright Act now provides the legal basis by which academic authors can make their research results available worldwide in open access.

07 July
UKB signs The Hague Declaration on open science

UKB, the consortium of 13 university libraries and the National Library of the Netherlands, has signed and therefore endorsed the aims of The Hague Declaration.

05 July
Agreement with SAGE

SAGE publishers and Dutch universities have signed a two-year agreement on the transition to open access. This agreement enables researchers to publish in open access in SAGE’s academic journals.

16 April
Wiley takes a step towards open access

Publisher Wiley and Dutch universities take step towards open access.

19 March
TU Eindhoven opts for green route

The Executive Board of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) opts for the green route towards open access.

06 March
400,000 open access publications in NARCIS

NARCIS, the main national platform for academic information in open access publications, has reached a new milestone. There are now 400,000 open access publications accessible, including 66,000 doctoral theses and 165,000 articles.

17 February
First open access dataset deposited with DANS

In line with the new DANS policy, the first fully open access dataset has been made available in EASY by Dr Victor de Boer (VU) and Dr Jurjen Leinenga (Huygens Institute for Dutch History). This policy now makes it easier for researchers to share their research data.

20 December
Agreement with Springer

In December 2014 the Dutch universities reached an agreement with the publisher Springer on open access publishing for Dutch (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.

17 April
SCOAP3 supported by Dutch libraries

On 12 February 2014, the UKB has promised her support to the SCOAP3 project. With the SCOAP3-initiative, CERN is converting a number of key journals in the field of High-Energy Physics available in open access.

25 March
Participation Knowledge Unlatched

Universities in the Netherlands are taking part in the worldwide Knowledge Unlatched Pilot, in which books in the humanities and social sciences are made available online through free worldwide open access immediately after publication.

The pilot is supported by some 300 libraries from 24 countries and 13 academic publishers, including Brill, Cambridge University Press and De Gruyter. The books are published on the OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) platform.

14 January
First article published in open access with Springer

The article "Reeb-Thurston stability for symplectic foliations" of two Dutch mathematicians has become available as first in open access in accordance with the understandings made with publisher Springer. One of the two authors is Ion Marcut of the department of Mathematical Physics. After verification by the universities, publications on Springer's website become rapidly available for everybody in the world. More information about the Springer Agreement 2015-2016.


13 April
Directory of Open Access Books launched

OAPEN is pleased to announce the launch of the Directory of Open Access Books (, a discovery service for peer reviewed books published under an open access license. DOAB provides a searchable index to the information about these books, with links to the full texts of the publications at the publisher’s website or repository.


09 September
OAPEN-NL publishes first books

OAPEN offers publishers, research institutes and libraries effective new ways of disseminating scholarly work.

The first books subsidised by the OAPEN-NL project are now available online in the OAPEN Library. These first books are by the publisher Brill, and cover subjects ranging from medieval markets to Bedouin language. In total fifteen books received funding in the first round of OAPEN-NL.


31 August
Website renewed

1 September 2015: the website is renewed, with new looks and fresh content.

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