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), the UKB (Dutch Consortium of University Libraries and Royal Library), NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research), and the NFU (Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres).

This agreement helps authors affiliated with member institutions of these organisations to publish their research open access in Elsevier journals without having to pay an APC. The cost of publishing open access is covered under the terms of the agreement.

Use our journal search tool to find eligible titles.


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

* If your article was submitted prior to 1.1.2020 it may still be eligible as part of our previous agreement in The Netherlands. If you are shown the open access option stating your APC will be covered by the agreement during the author journey, please select the OA option.

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.

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).

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.