Open Access: Agreement with the Association of Dutch Universities


IOS Press has entered into an agreement with the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU) to support Open Access publishing in its journals for publicly financed research articles from the Netherlands and includes access to all the current journals.

This is a “Read and Publish” agreement. The “Publish” element covers the Article Processing Charges (APCs) for corresponding authors affiliated with the licensed Dutch institutions listed below in all IOS Press Open Access journals and hybrid journals. Articles will be published as Open Access (under a CC-BY-NC 4.0 license) with no associated cost for the authors. This agreement for unlimited Open Access publishing to authors at the eligible Dutch institutions commenced in 2019 and will run until the end of 2021. Under the “Read” element, affiliated institutions are granted access to the IOS Press journals.

Which universities or institutes (and eligible affiliated associations) and which IOS Press journals are covered by the Read and Publish agreement?
The ten institutions covered in the initial agreement include:
-Eindhoven University of Technology
-Erasmus University Rotterdam
-Leiden University
-Maastricht University
-Radboud University
-Tilburg University
-University of Amsterdam
-University of Groningen
-University of Twente
-VU University Amsterdam

The journals covered by this agreement include the entire current catalog of IOS Press journals. A full list can be found here

How does it work?

  • If you are a corresponding author based in the Netherlands, first check if you are affiliated with an eligible institution; the current list of eligible institutions, email domains, and IP addresses can be found here.
  • Submit your paper to the IOS Press journal of your choice and then, preferably from an institutional email address, send a message to: In this email message, please state the article reference number of your submission and inform IOS Press as to which eligible institution you are affiliated. It is requested that you include “NL Agreement” In the subject line of this email.
  • Once IOS Press has verified the affiliation, the article will be designated as Open Access (under a CC-BY-NC 4.0 license) if the paper gets accepted for publication. The author will be made aware that no payment is required.

NOTE #1: Any corresponding authors from eligible Dutch institutions who have submitted and/or had their research published in any of the IOS Press journals since Jan 1, 2019 and prior to June 1, 2019 will be notified about this agreement.

NOTE #2: If the author needs to purchase extras, such as color figures, print issues and/or PDFs, these are not covered in the agreement. A fee form will need to be filled out. In such a case:
-under Article Publication Fee, select: “This is an additional order”
-under Open Access select: “An Open Access option has already been agreed upon”

The corresponding author is defined as:
The person who handles the manuscript and correspondence during the publication process – from manuscript correction and proof reading, to handling the revisions and re-submission of revised manuscripts up to the acceptance of the manuscripts. The author has the authority to act on behalf of all co-authors in all matters pertaining to publication of the manuscript including supplementary material. The corresponding author is responsible for obtaining such agreements and for informing the co-authors of the manuscript’s status throughout the submission, review, and publication process. In addition, the corresponding author also acts as the point of contact for any enquiries after the paper is published.

[Page last updated: Oct 29, 2019]