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Publish Open Access for free or with a discount: Springer

What are the main outlines of the agreement with Springer?

Publishing open access in 2,000 hybrid journals at no cost to the author


  • Articles by corresponding authors from Dutch universities (including University Medical Centers) will be published in open access, at no cost to the author.
  • The agreement applies to more than 2,000 hybrid journals within the Springer OpenChoice programme, with the exception of titles from learned societies, BioMedCentral and SpringerOpen.
  • Publication types that are part of the agreement: original research articles, review articles, brief communication,  continuing education.
  • Make sure that you select the Radboud University/Radboudumc in the drop-down menu. At article acceptance you will be asked to confirm your affiliation by choosing it in the “Special Affiliation” drop-down menu and agree to the open access copyright and license terms. The selected institute will verify your affiliation.
  • Note that this agreement covers a maximum of 2,067 publication per year.


To which journals does this agreement apply?

There is a maximum of 2,067 Dutch publications. Once this number is reached the agreement will terminate and items will no longer be eligible for open access.

Ignore the pop-up about 'Billing' when submitting

When submitting a manuscript to a Springer journal, you may get a pop-up about 'billing' at the end of the form (after a number of screens). This can happen even if it's a Springer’s OpenChoice journal. (These are journals for which RU authors are not required to pay a fee.) 

If you’re using your RU/Radboudumc e-mail address and a computer from the RU or Radboudumc, then you can ignore this pop-up because the publisher will recognize your affiliation with this institution. Even though Springer requires a billing address, you will not be charged. 

What about SpringerOpen and BioMed Central?

The agreement doesn't apply to the journals from SpringerOpen and BioMed Central, but you can get a discount: