Agreement for Universities, Hogescholen, NWO and KNAW in the Netherlands

As of 2020 Elsevier has established a new agreement with the VSNU - Association of Universities in the Netherlands – and UKB – the Dutch Consortium of University Libraries and Royal Library, NWO – the Dutch funding organisation for research, and NFU - The Dutch federation of University Hospitals. This agreement helps authors affiliated with member institutes of the VSNU, Vereniging Hogescholen, NWO and KNAW to publish in Elsevier journals and make their research open access.

These researchers can publish gold open access in applicable Elsevier journals. The costs of publishing in these journals is covered under the terms of the agreement.


  • The corresponding author must be affiliated with the VSNU, NFU, NWO, KNAW and Vereniging Hogescholen participating institutes
  • The article must have a submission date between 1.1.2020 and 31.12.2024

On publication, the final published article will be made freely available on ScienceDirect under the author’s choice of open access license (CC-BY or CC-BY-NC-ND).

How to publish your article open access?

Once your article is accepted for publication in an applicable journal, you will be presented with the open access publishing option.

Green open access

Dutch authors can continue to choose to publish under the subscription model and self-archive their manuscript in line with Elsevier’s sharing policy.