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Converting to Open Access in January 2019

We are excited to let you know that the Foundation of the Netherlands Journals of Geosciences (comprising the Royal Geological and Mining Society of the Netherlands (KNGMG) and TNO – Geological Survey of the Netherlands) will convert its leading journal, Netherlands Journal of Geosciences, to Open Access from January 2019. All articles submitted after 1 August 2018 will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY), which permits use, distribution, reproduction and adaptation in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. This means that all articles in the journal will be freely available to view, download and share, ensuring that anyone can benefit from and build upon the work.

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Why is the Foundation converting Netherlands Journal of Geosciences to Open Access?  

The Foundation of the Netherlands Journal of Geosciences, supported by its publisher Cambridge University Press, is  committed to the principles of Open Research, of which Open Access publishing is an essential pillar..  The Foundation and the journal’s Editors firmly believe that converting the journal to open access will ensure much greater visibility and impact of the high quality research that it publishes, strengthening its position as a highly influential publication in the field. We also understand that the open access model is preferred by funders in this discipline, with data indicating that authors and institutions are increasingly choosing to publish open access, especially in the Netherlands. In order to read more about the journal and why we are transitioning to Open Access, please see this editorial here. 

"The new OA and online-only model proposed for the Journal will potentially increase the sustainability, impact and outreach of the Journal." says Dr Johan H. Ten Veen, Editor-in-Chief for the Netherlands Journal of Geosciences

What will be the process for submitting articles after 1st August 2018?

Articles will be submitted through the same system as now, and will undergo exactly the same rigorous peer review, with no expected change in acceptance or rejection rates. An Article Processing Charge (APC) will be payable by authors or their funder on acceptance of their primary research article. In the first year of transition, the Foundation of the Netherlands Journal of Geosciences will underpin its commitment to this exciting new phase for the journal by contributing 50% of those APC charges, bringing down the APC amount to £935.

Please note that submissions to the journal prior to 1st August 2018 will not attract an APC.

For most Dutch corresponding lead authors, the APC will be waived because of the Cambridge Open Access agreement in the Netherlands. Recently, the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU) and the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW) have made an agreement with Cambridge University Press, to establish open access publishing in Cambridge journals for publicly financed research articles from the Netherlands and includes access to the most recent Full Journals Collection.

This Open Access agreement covers the Article Processing Charges (APCs) for Dutch corresponding authors affiliated with licensed institutions in Cambridge Open Access journals and subscription-based journals offering the hybrid open access option. Articles submitted by eligible corresponding authors qualify for Open Access publishing under this agreement upon acceptance date from or after 1 June 2017 through 31 May 2020. More information about this deal can be read here.