The VU Open Access Innovation Fund supports journals, publishers and infrastructure that are committed to ‘Diamond Open Access’, where researchers do not have to pay to publish. The fund focuses on initiatives that are run by academics themselves (scholarly-led and non-profit), which can offer an alternative to the increasingly expensive and non-inclusive commercial publishers who charge a high fee for publishing Open Access. In its first year of existence, the fund distributed € 75,000 to 30 Open Access initiatives.
VU Open Access Innovation Fund
Computational Communication Research (CCR)
Computational Communication Research (CCR) is a peer-reviewed, open-access, community-owned journal founded from the ICA Computational Methods Division and published by Amsterdam University Press. CCR publishes articles that further the understanding, development and application of computational methods in communication research.
Engaging Science, Technology and Society (ESTS)
Engaging Science, Technology and Society (ESTS) is a peer-reviewed Diamond open access journal that cultivates, evaluates, and shares cutting-edge research in the social studies of science, technology, and medicine in transnational contexts.
European Journal of Empirical Legal Studies (EJELS)
European Journal of Empirical Legal Studies (EJELS) is a full open access journal in the field of Empirical Legal Studies which is being established in 2024 with the support of the VU. EJELS is dedicated to advancing the empirical examination of law and legal systems. They are committed to fostering a methodologically diverse, intellectually inclusive, and interdisciplinary academic journal.
Family & Law
Family & Law is a multidisciplinary, open access, multilingual, double-blind peer-reviewed online journal in the field of legal social and behavioural science research related to family, children, personal law and the protection of vulnerable adults.
Journal of Coastal and Hydraulic Structures (JCHS)
Journal of Coastal and Riverine Flood Risk (JCRFR) is a completely free, open, community-based, peer-reviewed journal where research and engineering results about coastal and riverine flooding issues (including those that are transdisciplinary in nature) are published.
Journal of Coastal and Riverine Flood Risk (JCRFR)
Journal of Coastal and Riverine Flood Risk (JCRFR) is a completely free, open, community-based, peer-reviewed journal where high level engineering science results focused on the field of coastal and hydraulic structures are published.
Maandblad voor Accountancy en Bedrijfseconomie (MAB)
Maandblad voor Accountancy en Bedrijfseconomie (MAB) is a renowned scientific journal that informs readers about theoretical and practical aspects of, and developments within, accountancy. She focuses on scientifically trained accountants, controllers and business economists (and those who study for this) and on anyone who has a professional interest in the topics covered.
On_education is a diamond Open Access journal fostering robust public and academic debate. It serves as a forum for the international research community and the broader public, presenting short, well-argued, and scientifically informed pieces on current education topics.
Pedagogische Studiën is the scientific peer-reviewed open access journal of the VOR (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Onderwijsresearch) and VFO (Vlaams Forum voor Onderwijsonderonderzoek) and aimed at making results from educational and educational research conducted within the Dutch language area.
Research Data Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences (RDJ)
This fully open access and peer-reviewed journal is designed to comprehensively document and publish deposited datasets and facilitate their online exploration. It aims to contribute to the transparency of research, accelerate dissemination and foster the reuse of scholarly data.
Tijdschrift Sociologie is an independent, Dutch, peer-reviewed fully (diamond) open access online academic journal in which various types of publications on social and sociological issues appear. The editorial staff consists of Sociologists working at various universities in the Netherlands and Belgium.
Publishers and platforms
MIT Direct2Open makes 90 books per year Open Access, to allow all authors to publish Open Access, irrespective of their affiliation or finances. Are you publishing a book with MIT? Ask MIT to consider your book to be made Open Access under Direct2Open.
Mattering Press is an academic-led Diamond Open Access publisher and UK registered charity, that publishes high quality, peer-reviewed books within relational research on science, technology and society.
Meson Press publishes experimental, innovative, multi-format open access books on digital cultures and networked media. Its publications challenge contemporary theories and advance key debates in the humanities today.
Open Book Publishers
Open Book Publishers (OBP) is an award-winning, scholar-led, non-profit press that publishes widely across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and has a growing number of titles in STEM subjects.
White Horse Press
White Horse Press is a small independent family-run press specialising in environment and society from a humanities and social sciences perspective. They have published books and journals for over 30 years.
arXiv is a free distribution service and an open-access archive for 2,334,769 scholarly articles in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics.
bioRxiv is the preprint server for biology, operated by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a not-for-profit research and educational institution. BioRxiv gives researchers the opportunity to share early results ahead of formal peer review and publication.
ChemRxiv is a free submission, distribution, and archive service for unpublished preprints in chemistry and related fields. ChemRxiv gives researchers across the chemical sciences the opportunity to share early results ahead of formal peer review and publication.
MedRxiv is a preprint-server for biology, operated by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a not-for-profit research and educational institution. MedRxiv gives researchers the opportunity to share early results ahead of formal peer review and publication.
PsyArXiv is a free preprint service for the psychological sciences, which gives researchers the opportunity to share early results ahead of formal peer review and publication.
Open Library of Humanities
The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is an award-winning diamond open access publisher of 30+ journals. OLH plays a leading role within a growing ecosystem of scholar-led digital publishing, that combines cutting-edge technology with community governance and not-for-profit principles.
On ResearchEquals you publish your most recent research steps before a manuscript is even submitted. This way the process is the primary output, instead of the final results. All steps get a DOI, are published free open access, and include structured citations.
SciPost is a complete scientific publication portal managed by and for scientists. It offers free, open, global and perpetually accessible science. They offer the next steps in the publication process for preprint shared on Arxiv.
Zenodo is an online digital academic repository that allows you to share both your scientific publication and your data.
Infrastructure and services
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a service that indexes peer-reviewed scientific fully Open Access journals and helps you find reliable Open Access journals.
Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)
The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) is a service that indexes and offers scientific and peer-reviewed Open Access books and helps you find reliable book publishers.
Knowledge Unlatched (KU) makes scholarly books freely available to everyone and contributes to the further development of the Open Access infrastructure. Ask your publisher is your book can be submitted with KU to be “unlatched”.
MathOA promotes and supports initiatives concerning Open Access publications in the field of mathematics in the broadest sense. The foundation supports editorial boards in their negotiations to switch an existing journal to an Open Access model or to create a new journal.
Want to know more about MathOA? Join us for the Open Access Week event: A Diamond Future of Open Access Publishing on October 26th!
Openjournals.nl is a support team and the Dutch platform for publishing scientific, peer-reviewed (diamond) Open Access journals.
Peer Community In
Peer Community In (PCI) is a non-profit and non-commercial organization of researchers offering peer review, recommendation (to make them complete and citable) and publication of scientific articles in open access for free.
Sherpa Romeo is an online resource that provides you with information on publisher open access policies, and provides summaries of publisher copyright and open access archiving policies on a journal-by-journal basis.
STORK offers a platform for reseachers in sport and exercise science, and relates disciplines, with the common goal of improving research quality in our fields. They provide the SportRxiv preprint server and a diamond Open Access journal to support this mission.
Looking for biomedical literature? Europe PMC is a database of research articles that were created with the help of a grant from a research funder such as Horizon or NWO.
Questions about Open Access publishing?
Please contact the Open Access team at the University Library!