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Everything you always wanted to know about open access

Some publishers offer a discount for authors. For other publishers, the author's fees have been bought off by the Dutch universities. Click a publisher for more information. 



no fee



BioMed Central: 
15% discount



25% discount

De Gruyter



De Gruyter: ​ 
90% discount



no fee for a number
of journals

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Karger: ​
no fee for
a number
of journals

no fee
for a number
of journals



pre-paid bundle



pre-paid bundle
& discount



no fee
for OpenChoice 



Taylor & Francis: 
no fee for
Open Select journals

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25% discount



no fee for 
OnlineOpen journals


About Open Access:

About open access

How to find trusted open access journals?

How to publish open access?

Important: use your work e-mail!

When you submit an article, always use your work email address from the UMCG or the RUG! 

Add the correct affiliation details to your publication!

It's important that the address field of all UMCG scientific publications contain the following string:

University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Department  …., The Netherlands

The order of this string is crucial for the ranking of the University and the UMCG
The addition of departmental details is recommended. 

Corresponding author
This also counts for publications on which the UMCG has participated with a corresponding author outside the UMCG or the University Groningen. 

Green open access:

Send your article to the library...
and we import it into Pure for you!

Make your article freely available

Researchers from the UMCG and University Groningen, have to add their articles to Pure.

Let the library help:
Send your article to us via the link above and we will take care of the import into Pure.

Learn more about this new policy:

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  • APC / Article Processing Charge / Author's fee:
    Article Processing Charge: a sum that an academic pays for the open access publication of his/her article. Also called author's fee.
  • Big deal contract:
    a bulk contract between universities and a publisher which arranges upfront payment for publishing articles so that individual researchers don't have to pay when choosing to publish in an open access journal from that publisher.
  • Diamond open access:
    diamond open access differs from gold open access in that the costs of editing, peer review, online publication, hosting, etc., are borne by an institution, fund or collaborative arrangement.
  • Double dipping:
    a publisher receives an open access publication fee from the author and also charges customers (libraries) a subscription fee for the same article 
  • Gold open access:
    'pay-to-publish': publications are made available online through the publishers' own platforms. That usually means the publisher is paid in advance to make an article freely accessible immediately.
  • Green open access:
    also called 'self-archiving': archiving a version of the article somewhere other than the publisher’s website where the final version of the article is hosted. E.g. on your profile page via Pure.
  • Hybrid journal:
    some of the articles can only be read by subscribers and some can be read by anyone via open access.
  • Open Access:
    free and open online access to academic information such as publications and data.
  • Open Access journal
    the articles are full-text available to readers at no cost. Instead, the author is charged with a fee (called an APC) for publishing an article. This contrasts with conventional journals for which the reader has to pay for a subscription, usually via a library.
  • Q1 journals 
     the Journal Citation Reports provide yearly rankings of scientific journals. The first quartile (Q1) represents the top 25% journals within a subject category. The library offers lists of Q1 journals per subject
  • Quartile
    In this list of journals that offer a discount every journal has an indication in which quartile it belongs.
  • Self-archiving:
    also called 'Green open access': archiving a version of the article somewhere other than the publisher’s website where the final version of the article is hosted. E.g. on your profile page via Pure.