Since 2015, corresponding authors affiliated with Dutch Universities, University Medical Centres and the KNAW institutes can publish Open Access in many Springer journals without costs. The number of free open access publications under this consortium deal is limited to 2,080 per year. In 2022, this maximum number has been reached on November the 21th.
Researches who want to stay informed about the status can sign in for an ‘notify-me service’. This service can also be used to receive updates about other publishers with a maximum amount of open access publications.
What are the consequences?
If your manuscript is accepted between the moment the cap is reached and 1st January 2023, Springer will still offer to publish your article Open Access, but the costs will no longer be covered by the consortium agreement and you will receive an invoice. Authors who want to share their Springer publication in open access and expect the publication to be approved between November and December, are advised to contact their library.
The current contract will be continued in 2023, including maximum of 2,080 open access publications. Manuscripts that are approved on January 2023 or later can make use of the deal until the maximum is reached.
Dutch National website providing information for academics about the advantages of open access to publicly financed research