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Temporary stop free of charge Open Access publishing Springer in 2023

9 November 2023
Up to and including December of 2023 it is no longer possible to publish articles Open Access free of charge under the national agreement with publisher Springer Nature. The maximum number of free open access articles under this consortium deal has been reached. Make sure you do not receive the bill unintentionally.

Since 2015, corresponding authors affiliated with Dutch Universities, University Medical Centres and the KNAW Institutes can publish Open Access in many Springer Nature journals without costs. The number of free open access articles under this consortium deal is limited to 2,080 per year.

During the suspension of the agreement, you can choose to publish closed access (free of charge) or open access through own financing. In the last case you will have to provide for the APC-payment yourself. There is no central Open Access VU fund to which claims can be made.

Alternative for VU authors: automatically open access after 6 months
The VU Open Access policy ensures that the publisher’s version of your work will be made available through the VU Research Portal after an embargo of 6 months. This regulation applies to all authors of the Vrije Universiteit (VUmc excluded) on the basis of article 25fa of the Dutch copyright law. Should you wish to exclude your publication from being made Open Access, you can opt-out.

Alternative for Amsterdam UMC, VUmc authors
Authors of the Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc, can share the author accepted manuscript (AAM) version of their article in open access after an embargo of 12 months through the Amsterdam UMC Research Portal.
Please send the AAM version of your work to Tristan Coco / Medical Library, Amsterdam UMC:

Demands research funders
If you research funder (f.e. NWO or Horizon Europe) demands you to share your work in open access immediately (without embargo), and under an open license, please contact the Open Access-team of the University Library.

And next year?
From the 1st of January 2024 on, corresponding authors can once again make use of the new APC-discounts. 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.

Do you have questions or are you looking for an alternative way to publish your article open access? Please contact

Questions about Open Access publishing?

Please contact the Open Access team at the University Library!


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