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Agreement for Dutch Universities, Hogescholen, NWO and KNAW with Elsevier

July 1, 2022

Elsevier has entered into an agreement with the Universiteiten van Nederland (Association of Universities in the Netherlands, formerly known as VSNU), 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.

This agreement is effective until the end of December 2024.

Supporting authors in the Netherlands

This agreement supports corresponding authors affiliated with a Dutch participating institution(opens in new tab/window), regardless of the department in which they work.

Find a participating journal(opens in new tab/window)

Authors who publish under this agreement can:

  • Publish their peer-reviewed research open access, at no charge to the author.

  • Publish eligible articles in a wide variety of participating Elsevier journals across disciplines.

  • Rely on high-quality peer-review and experienced editorial support.

Eligibility criteria

Instructions for corresponding authors

  • Once your article has been accepted for publication in a participating journal(opens in new tab/window), you will receive an email containing a link to the “post-acceptance author journey”. Upon selecting the open access publishing option, your affiliation will be validated by your institution, and you will be informed if the APC will be covered by the agreement.

  • Upon publication, your final published open access article will be made freely available on ScienceDirect(opens in new tab/window), the world’s largest publishing platform, under your choice of open access license (CC BY or CC BY-NC-ND).

*If your original article was submitted prior to 1.1.2020 it may still be eligible as part of our previous agreement in the Netherlands. Once your article is accepted for publication and if you are shown the open access option stating your APC will be covered by the agreement, please select the OA option.

Other open access publishing options for authors

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

Learn more about the benefits of publishing open access with Elsevier by visiting our Open Access Author Hub