In December 2014 the Dutch universities have 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. The agreement covers around 1500 journals within the Springer OpenChoice program. Journals form Learned Societies, and journals in BiomedCentral and SpringerOpen are not covered. 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 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.
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 the Springer website or get in touch with the OA contactperson at your university library (see Want to know more?) for further information.
Dutch National website providing information for academics about the advantages of open access to publicly financed research