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Publish Open Access - the agreements with publishers: Open Access discount

Everything you always wanted to know about open access

Check discount for Open Access journals

To support researchers to publish their research Open Access, deals have been negotiated by the VSNU with various publishers. Depending on the deal, a discount is provided for the author on the Article Processing Charges (APC) that need to be paid by the author to publish an article Open Access. In some cases the author doesn't have ta pay Article Processing Charges at all.
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

Publish in a Springer Nature journal?  Read: limit 2018 Open Access articles without APC reached (Dec 11, 2018 - Jan 1, 2019)

Open Access Journal Browser  (check discount for open access)


e.g. nature, science, "clinical microbiology", dent* AND pathol*, cancer journal, oncology, pathol*, pa*

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)

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:

  • Upload a pdf of the final author version of your manuscript. The library will take care of the registration in Pure, the research database of the University. The library will make the final author version publicly available via Pure, immediately or after an embargo period (depending on what is allowed by the publisher). 

    More information
  • Read more about Green Open Access
  • Check the Research database of the RUG/UMCG. Publications that are open access, can be recognized by the open access logo. The fulltext of these articles can be directly accessed. The publications in the research database can also be found by search engines. 

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.

Quality of open access journals

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

Check a publisher for discount



no fee

BioMed Central

15% discount


25% discount

Cambridge UP

Cambridge UP

no fee for most journals

De Gruyter

90% discount


no fee for some journals


no fee for some journals



no fee for some journals



pre-paid bundle


pre-paid bundle & discount



no fee for OpenChoice journals

Taylor & Francis

Taylor & Francis

no fee for Open Select journals


25% discount


no fee for OnlineOpen journals


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