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Open access Funding, deals and discounts

Local deals and support

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

  • BioMed Central - Submitting authors affiliated with the UG and the UMCG get a 15% discount on APCs in 295 BioMed Central journals. Please check the journal browser to see if the discount is available for a specific BMC-journal.
  • 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.
  • Company of Biologists - Submitting authors affiliated with the UG and the UMCG can publish their articles open access at no extra cost.
  • Future Science Group - The agreement covers mainly journals in the medical field. UG- and UMCG-affiliated corresponding authors can publish open access free of charge in 36 journals. Read more
  • John Benjamins - UG-affiliated corresponding authors can publish open access free of charge in all John Benjamins’s journals. Read more
  • MDPI - Submitting authors affiliated with the UG and the UMCG get a 10% discount on APCs in MDPI journals.
  • PeerJ - The UG can cover the cost of APCs for publication in PeerJ's journals. Please contact openaccess@rug.nl or openaccess@umcg.nl for more information.
  • Portland Press - Submitting authors affiliated with the UG and the UMCG can publish their articles open access at no extra cost in Portland Press journals.
  • Rockefeller University Press (RUP) - UG- and UMCG-affiliated corresponding authors can publish open access free of charge in RUP’s three hybrid journals: Journal of Cell Biology, Journal of Experimental Medicine and Journal of General Physiology. Articles will be published under a CC-BY license, directly deposited to PubMed Central (PMC) and subsequently to Europe PMC, and archived in LOCKSS/CLOCKSS and Portico. Read more
  • 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.
  • SpringerOpen - Submitting authors affiliated with the UG and the UMCG get a 15% discount on APCs in SpringerOpen journals.

Besides these arrangements, the University of Groningen Library financially supports various diamond open access initiatives and open access infrastructures.

Diamond OA initiatives

  • Direct to Open (MIT Press) - Initiative aimed at realizing a sustainable transition to open access for books.
  • 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.
  • Open Library of Humanities - Charitable organization dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no APCs charged to the author.
  • 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.
  • SCOAP 3 - Partnership of over 3,000 libraries, funding agencies and research centres in 44 countries and 3 intergovernmental organizations. Working with leading publishers, SCOAP 3 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.

OA infrastructures


Open access support: openaccess rug.nl | openaccess umcg.nl

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

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