Q&A open access


The FAQ have been categorized according to the following topics: General questions about open access, Questions about open access for scientists, Questions about negotiations with publishers and the role of other stakeholders, Current status on negotiations per publisher (Elsevier, SAGE, Springer, Wiley, OUP, ACS, Taylor & Francis, Wolters Kluwer and other publishers) and How about LingOA.

Current status on negotiations Springer


What form will the agreement with Springer take?

The Springer contract contains agreements about access rights to journals and about open access publishing of articles by academics attached to Dutch universities.

As a result, individual researchers will no longer have to pay for open access publication. The new contract runs from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. The previous contract containing the same arrangement ran from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2016.

Which journals are covered by the deal with Springer?

An agreement has been reached with Springer about providing open access to the publications of Dutch university researchers in existing journals (around 1,500 titles) and access from universities to a substantial portion of Springer’s international journals (around 1,900 titles). For details on the journal titles for which open access publication is possible without extra charges, and the type of articles, see:

At present, two types of journals are not covered by the agreement:
• Journals owned by third parties (around 400). Most of these are journals published by learned societies. Although universities have access to these journals (right to read), the option of (gold) open access is generally not available.
• Journals / publications in Springer Open and BioMed Central (some 400 journals). These collections are already available on a fully open access basis. Publications will remain freely accessible (right to read) to Dutch researchers, but APCs will be charged for the right to publish in these journals. As with other publishers, these APCs are not part of the agreement because they are currently funded from other sources. As always, researchers can continue to obtain funding from other sources (such as the NWO or EU).


How will the deal with Springer affect APC payments for publications in the journals covered by this agreement? Will my research group still have to pay these costs from its own budget, or will the university library pay on our behalf?

Researchers will not be required to pay APCs for open access publication in Springer journals. This agreement serves to collectively buy off the APCs for individual articles by all corresponding authors at institutions currently entering into the new agreement with Springer. As a result, new articles will immediately become available on an open access basis upon publication.

How does the process of article submission work?

In the Springer workflow, corresponding authors are asked to indicate which institution they are associated with. Springer and the library of the relevant institution will verify this information. This step will take place during the production process for the article and will not take up any extra time. For more information on the workflow and the verification process, see, or contact your university library.

Which authors can now publish their articles with Springer under the new agreement?

The agreement applies to publications where the corresponding author is affiliated to a Dutch university or academic medical centre from the following list:

Last updated on 26-05-2016