Agreement with the Association of Dutch Universities and Academy Institutes

The Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU) and the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW) established an agreement with Springer which includes access to more than 2,000 of Springer’s subscription journals as well as a commitment to rapidly moving toward open access publishing for all publicly financed research results from the Netherlands.

The Open Access agreement with Dutch universities and Academy institutes listed below covers the open access charge for affiliated corresponding authors in subscription-based journals offering the hybrid open access option Open Choice as of January 2015.

Which universities or institutes and Springer journals are covered by the OA agreement?

Click here for a list of all Dutch universities and Academy institutes covered by the Open Access agreement.

Click here for a list of Open Choice eligible subscription-based journals covered by the Open Access agreement with Dutch universities and Academy institutes.

How can I (being the corresponding author) identify myself as affiliated with a Dutch university or an Academy institute?

At article acceptance the corresponding author stays in touch with Springer through My Publication. There you will be asked among others to identify yourself as author affiliated with a Dutch university or an Academy institute and agree to the open access copyright and license terms.
If you as the corresponding author are affiliated with an eligible Dutch university or Academy institute, please confirm the affiliation by choosing it in the “Special Affiliation” drop-down menu.
While the manuscript files are handed over to production for data processing and typesetting, your eligibility to publish your article as open access under this agreement will be verified by the university or institute you selected and Springer during the production process.

Contact: If you have any question e.g. on the verification process or to find out if your faculty is also covered, please get in touch with your university or institute library or refer to

The corresponding author is defined as:

the person who handles the manuscript and correspondence during the publication process – from manuscript correction and proof reading, to handling the revisions and re-submission of revised manuscripts up to the acceptance of the manuscripts. The author has the authority to act on behalf of all co-authors in all matters pertaining to publication of the manuscript including supplementary material. The corresponding author is responsible for obtaining such agreements and for informing the co-authors of the manuscript’s status throughout the submission, review, and publication process. In addition, the corresponding author also acts as the point of contact for any enquiries after the paper is published.

Which article types are covered by the Open Access agreement with the Dutch universities and Academy institutes?

  • OriginalPaper – Standard article, usually presenting new results; articles published under this article type may also be referred to as Original Research, Original Article, Original Paper or Research Paper
  • ReviewPaper – Standard article, interpreting previously published results.
  • BriefCommunication – Short article submitted for rapid publication that exhibits the same structure as a standard article.
  • ContinuingEducation – Article forming integral part of further education (usually medical).