Springer Nature Open Access quota has been reached

Published on
October 27, 2021

Springer Nature and the VSNU agreed that Dutch researchers can publish up to 2,080 articles Open Access without extra costs in 2021. The quota has been reached in October. This means that further WUR articles cannot be published OA in Springer Nature journals without having to pay the Article Processing Charges (APCs) in the remaining months of 2021.

We are not sure how Springer Nature will inform you that the quota has been reached. Please be aware that you might receive a message from Springer Nature that you have to cover the costs for publishing Open Access yourself. In this case, please consider the additional options to publish Open Access below.

Publish OA after an embargo period and without an open license

  • Publish your article in 2021 behind a paywall and make it open six months after the first publication, by using the Taverne Amendment (article 25fa) of the Dutch Copyright law. Please check whether you fulfil the Taverne requirements. You can use the Taverne Amendment by filling in the online participation form. This will take about two minutes.
  • Self-archive the Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM). Please email the AAM of your article to WUR Library upon publication, and include the DOI if available. WUR Library will make the AAM full text available in Research@WUR when the publisher’s embargo period expires.

Publish OA upon publication and under a CC license

  • Pay the Article Processing Charges (APCs) yourself.
  • If you submit your article early 2022, you may be able to use the 2022 Open Access fee waivers depending on the result of the new negotiations with Springer Nature.


If you have any more questions, please contact the Open Access team of WUR Library. We are happy to help you.