Open access agreement in the Netherlands

The Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU) and the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW) have established a Transformative Agreement with Springer Nature. This agreement is helping the scholarly community affiliated with the member institutions of aforementioned organisation to access over 2,200 titles and allows authors to publish in over 1,900 Open Choice journals.

The Association of Dutch Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) works towards a strong University sector. With 14 Dutch universities being part of VSNU, they work together for enhancement of academic education, research and valorisation. VSNU is instrumental in opting for digital solution to increase the outreach of scientific resources and open access is one among them. KNAW, founded in 1808, the Academy envision to promote quality in science and strives to ensure that Dutch scholars and scientists are integral towards the contribution to cultural, social and economic progress. The Academy acts as a management body for various national research institutes, representing the full spectrum of scientific and scholarly disciplines.

Authors belonging to an eligible institution connected to VSNU & KNAW are able to publish open access articles in subscription journals that offer the hybrid open access option (Open Choice) and the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY). The CC BY licence allows others to distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon the licensed work, including for commercial purposes, as long as the original author is credited. More information on that and other journal policies can be found here

This agreement also includes access to more than 2,000 of Springer´s subscription journals, at no extra cost to readers and users connected to an eligible member institution of VSNU & KNAW.

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