For the time being, Wageningen UR authors do not yet have to pay for Springer Open Choice. In 2007, the library cooperative UKB and publisher Springer signed a declaration of intention on Open Access. The agreement stated that all publications from authors associated with a Dutch university and published in a Springer journal in 2007 would be made accessible through Open Access free of charge. In 2007, Dutch universities published 1162 articles in Springer journals. In the meantime, this pilot has been expanded to a maximum of 1250 articles for 2008 and 2009. After reaching this quota, $1500 per article will have to be paid. If an external subsidizer pays for the admission to Open Choice, this publication will not count towards the maximum number of articles. Articles are entered in Open Choice in the order in which they are received.
If an author has submitted an article to a Springer journal and the article is accepted, he/she receives a screen with the notice of acceptance that explains the complimentary admission to Open Choice. The screen also allows the author to register the publication for Open Choice. The university libraries will also be notified if an article has been accepted, so that they can register it in the Institutional Repository.