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Open Access publishing: Open Access discount

Everything you always wanted to know about open access

Check discount for Open Access journals - the Journal Browser

To support researchers to publish their research Open Access, deals have been negotiated by the VSNU with various publishers. Depending on the deal, UG/UMCG employees i) have a discount on the Article Processing Charges (APC) that need to be paid by the author to publish an article Open Access; ii) can publish open access for free in more than 10.000 journals (i.e. the author doesn't have to pay APCs at all).

Within the tab Act On Acceptance you can find the publisher's workflow ('how does it work') and other details about the deals, including the article types that are covered by the deal.

Nota bene: To make use of the open access deals,

  • the submitting author must be an employee of the UMCG or the University of Groningen.  
  • to be recognized as a member and receive a discount, always submit your article using a UMCG/UG computer and your UMCG/UG email address! Virtual workplaces are functional as well (i.e. "" and ""). 

Please, read our Golden Tips before submitting your article.
For general information about open access, types of open access and the policy of the UG and UMCG, click here

Open Access Journal Browser  (check discount for open access)


Typing the first letter(s) plus * or typing the first word(s) of a journal title will also get you a list of titles starting with these letters or word(s)

Local deals

The UoG and the UMCG have made local deals with these publishers: 

The discount on the journals of these publishers is also included in the Journal Browser.

What if there is no discount for a journal?

If there is no APC discount for the journal you want to publish in, then the APCs for Open access publishing have to be paid by the researchers / research budget.

If you do not wish to pay the APCs, or the journal does not offer open access publishing, then the alternative is to make your article "green" open access:

In short: The author sends the acceptance email (including the accepted version of the manuscript (in Word or pdf format) to the CMB ( The CMB will push the publication in our Pure repository, green open access. The library will check the copyright and place an embargo on the article if necessary.

More information

Quality of open access journals

predatory journalsWatch out for predatory open access journals! Check the DOAJ list.

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