May 17, 2022

Netherlands: New Platform Offers Open Access Refuge for Dutch Academic Journals, Based on “Diamond” OA Model


The KNAW has started building and setting up an Open Access magazine platform: The platform offers Dutch magazines an infrastructure to easily switch to digital open access publishing.

NWO finances the realization of the platform, which should be rigged by the end of 2020. By doing so, KNAW and NWO want to stimulate open access, particularly in the social sciences and the humanities. Many journals from these areas are small and do not have the means to independently switch to open access publishing. However, this is required for all journals in the nearby future. The Dutch government aims for 100% Open Access by the end of 2020 and coalition S, to which NWO and ZonMw have joined, makes open access publishing compulsory from 2021.


The publication project is based on a so-called “diamond” Open Access model. That means no Article Processing Charges (APCs) are asked from authors or editors, or otherwise financial barriers are imposed on researchers. The necessary funds are raised through “a stakeholder contribution model”, such as NWO, the universities and university libraries.

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