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Open Access Deals and discounts

Local deals and support

In addition to the national VSNU agreements, the UG and the UMCG have negotiated a series of agreements in their own right:

  • Cogitatio Press - Submitting authors affiliated with the UG and the UMCG can publish their articles open access at no extra cost in all journals by Cogitatio Press.
  • PeerJ - The UG can cover the cost of APCs for publication in PeerJ's journals. Please contact openaccess or openaccess for more information.
  • SpringerOpen - Submitting authors affiliated with the UG and the UMCG get a 15% discount on APCs in SpringerOpen journals.
  • BioMed Central - Submitting authors affiliated with the UG and the UMCG get a 15% discount on APCs in all BioMed Central journals.
  • MDPI - Submitting authors affiliated with the UG and the UMCG get a 10% discount on APCs in MDPI journals.

Support for open access initiatives

Besides these arrangements, the University of Groningen Library financially supports various open access initiatives:

  • ArXiv – Open access repository for Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science and Quantitative Biology.
  • DOAJ – Community-curated list of open access journals that use an appropriate quality control system.
  • Open Commons of Phenomenology – Not-for-profit scholarly association whose mission is to provide free access to all relevant materials related to phenomenology.
  • Open Library of Humanities – Charitable organization dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no APCs charged to the author.
  • Open Book Publishers – Not-for-profit and academic-led open access publisher of academic monographs. UG/UMCG staff and students can download e-books for free and get a discount on the purchase of print-on-demand titles from the OBP catalogue.
  • Punctum Books – Not-for-profit open-access book publisher in the humanities. Punctum Books does not charge Book Processing Charges (BPCs) and is funded via a library partnership subsidy model, subscriptions and individual donations.
  • SCOAP3 – Partnership of over 3,000 libraries, funding agencies and research centres in 44 countries and 3 intergovernmental organizations. Working with leading publishers, SCOAP3 has converted key journals in the field of high-energy physics to open access at no cost for authors.
  • SciPost – scholarly-led, not-for-profit, open access publication portal focused on Physics. SciPost is now expanding also to the fields of Mathematics, Astronomy, Biology and Chemistry. Publishing in SciPost does not involve author-facing charges. SciPost is financially backed by national granting agencies, universities, foundations and individuals.
  • Sidestone Press – Open access book publisher focusing mainly on archaeology, anthropology and history. The UG has access to all Sidestone Press e-books. UG/UMCG staff and students can claim a 25% discount on printed books.

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Do you have questions on open access that are specific to your discipline? Contact one of the open access ambassadors at the University's faculties.

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