Dutch Universities will facilitate authors in making their closed academic works available to the general public six months after publication, through the universities’ repositories – in our case, UT Research Information
Following the example of the Dutch rectores magnifici, including the University of Twente’s Thom Palstra, more researchers are joining the Taverne pilot, agreeing to make their most recent scientific freely available online for the public. BMS’ portfolio holder research Ellen Giebels was one of the first to also participate, and a few additional articles of her (like Deciding to help) are now accessible via UT Research Information.
This project is in keeping with the goal in the Netherlands to be 100% open access by 2020, and is a part of the pilot ‘You share, we take care’, that aims to make publications Open after six months. This is possible because of changes made to Article 25fa of Dutch copyright law in 2015, also known as the Taverne amendment. Under certain conditions, researchers are able to share their publications in open access after six months, without having to make a specific agreement with the publisher: The scientific research on which the work is based must be financed in whole or in part by Dutch public funds and the author must be employed at a Dutch institution. It must also pertain to a brief academic work, the length of a scientific article or chapter in an edited collection.
For the UT, the pilot is a continuation of the university’s policy on open access. Scientific staff is supported by the University Library, for instance when they want to deposit their publications in UT Research Information, or apply to the UT Open Science Fund to receive a reimbursement for the publication fee of publishing open access. From 2020 onwards, the aim is to exclusively publish open access.
Want to join?
Researchers who would like to participate in the pilot and make their closed publication(s) accessible can contact Peter Noort, information specialist of BMS.