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Agreement with the Association of Dutch Universities and Academy Institutes 

The Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU) and the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW) have made an agreement with Cambridge University Press, to establish open access publishing in Cambridge journals for publicly financed research articles from the Netherlands and includes access to the most recent Full Journals Collection.

This Open Access agreement covers the Article Processing Charges (APCs) for Dutch corresponding authors affiliated with licensed institutions in Cambridge Open Access journals and subscription-based journals offering the hybrid open access option. The agreement for unlimited Open Access publishing will commence on 1 June 2017. Articles submitted by eligible corresponding authors qualify for Open Access publishing under this agreement upon acceptance date from or after 1 June 2017 through 31 May 2020. The agreement for access to the Full Journals Collection will be dated retroactively from 1 January 2017.

Which universities or institutes and which Cambridge journals are covered by the OA agreement?

Click here for a list of all Dutch universities and Academy institutes covered by the Open Access agreement.

Click here for a list of eligible Open Access and subscription-based hybrid journals covered by the Open Access agreement.

How can authors identify themselves as being affiliated with a Dutch university or an Academy institute?

On acceptance, the corresponding authors should complete and submit the journal’s copyright or licence-to-publish form and indicate that the article is to be published as Open Access.

During a subsequent procedure in Rightslink, corresponding authors should enter their affiliated institution at the required stage. This will then begin the agreed process for affiliated Dutch authors.

Contact: If you have any question e.g. on the verification process or to find out if your faculty is also covered, please get in touch with your university or institute library or refer to

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.