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Effective 1st January 2016, authors from an institution affiliated with the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU) may publish primary research and review articles in open access in any of De Gruyter’s OnlineOpen journals at a discount of 90% of the APC price.

The article's corresponding author must be from an eligible university and the article must have been accepted on or after 1st January 2016.

The university must have an active subscription to the hybrid journal in which the author wishes to publish.

Eligible Authors may include and make available the final version (Publisher PDF version) in the institutional repository of the Institution and on the personal web pages of the employee concerned. 

Articles are made available under the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 or the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 License.



Teaching and research staff employed by or otherwise accredited to one of the Institutions as well as students enrolled or accredited to one of the Institutions.

In case of articles published by multiple authors, the corresponding author will be the Eligible author. Corresponding author shall be the author who signs the publishing agreement.

Authors are only eligible once they have signed the then current open access publishing agreement with the Publisher. Currently this agreement refers to the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 or the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 License for a few journals.


The following standards have to be met by the open access articles:

  • Articles have to be original and not infringe on any law and/or third party right and meet ethical standards.
  • Original Paper – Standard article, usually presenting new results; articles published under this article type may also be referred to as Original Research, Original Article, Original Paper or Research Paper
  • Review Paper – Standard article, interpreting previously published results.
  • Brief Communication – Short article submitted for rapid publication that exhibits the same structure as a standard article.
  • Continuing Education – Article forming integral part of further education (usually medical).
  • Case Reports – Articles in medical journals.


Submit Your Article to the De Gruyter journal editors with a request to publish in hybrid Open Access. Instructions on how to submit are specified on each journal webpage under the Submission of Manuscripts tab.

De Gruyter Editorial refers your paper to the Open Access Contact of Dutch Academic Libraries who checks your affiliation with the Institution Payment Administrator (IPA) and the eligibility of the journal.

If eligible, no upfront APC is payable. ARM issues a Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 and the article is published in Open Access.

That's it! Once your eligibility has been verified, your institution will cover the article publication charge.

Your article will be made open access immediately on publication.

For any questions, please contact Magda Dolińska-Rydzek, Open Access Funding Manager, at Magda.DolinskaRydzek[at]degruyteropen.com.
Most communication about national Open Access deals in the Netherlands with publishers, including Walter de Gruyter, are now channelled and communicated through openaccess.nl, the national website of open access in the Netherlands.

Another valuable source is VSNU, Association of universities in the Netherlands, formed by the fourteen Dutch research Universities.