Open Access: Institutional Agreements

Open Access: Agreement with the Association of Dutch Universities (2019–2025)

Dutch research published open access at no cost to authors

IOS Press 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 current journals (as at the start of the agreement).

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 4.0 license, see Note #1 below) 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 2025. Under the “Read” element, affiliated institutions are granted access to the IOS Press journals as indicated below. 

Which universities or institutes (and eligible affiliated associations) and which IOS Press journals are covered by this Read and Publish agreement?

The institutions covered in the agreement (2019–2025) include:

  • Delft University of Technology
  • 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 (PDF). 


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 (PDF).
  • By default, all eligible articles will be made open access.
  • To be sure that your article will be published open access at the earliest stage following submission and to ensure that your submission is not missed in the workflow of IOS Press, you are requested to send an email to: Please state the article reference number of your submission, the eligible institution you are affiliated with, and 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 4.0 license, see Note #1 below) if the paper gets accepted for publication. The author will be made aware that no payment is required. See Note #2 below.


1. As of January 1, 2023 articles will be published under a CC BY 4.0 license. 

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 inquiries after the paper is published.

[Page last updated: Jan 25, 2023]