When you publish open access, the peer-review process and often even the journals are the same as for traditional publishing. The difference lies in the number of people who have access to your publication. The advantages of open-access publishing are enormous for researchers and research. And chances are that you can publish open access for free in top journals in your field, thanks to agreements between Dutch universities and publishers.
Your closed publications can only be read by those who pay a one-time fee per article or who’s employer pays for a subscription to the journal. You transfer the exploitation rights of your closed article to the publisher, and are no longer allowed to share your work as you please.
Your Open Access publications can be read by anyone with an Internet connection. You remain the copyright holder of your own work and are allowed to share your published article as you please. This increases your article’s visibility, downloads, citations, and impact.
The University of Twente is in strong favour of open access to the results of publicly funded research, and its goal for open access is in line with the policy of the Dutch government:
The university’s stand on open access is expressed in the UT Open Access Policy.
Before submitting your article to any scientific journal, it is wise to evaluate the journal and publisher of your choice based on criteria for scientific quality, such as intrinsic quality of articles in the journal, scope and audience, selectivity, peer-review process, writing quality, editorial committee, and availability and visibility. Think. Check. Submit. offers a checklist for identifying trusted journals for your research.
Additional criteria can be taken into account when evaluating open-access journals and publishers. As a rule of thumb, publishers belonging to the Open Access Scholarly Publishers’ Association (OASPA) and journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) tend to be more reputable. DOAJ is an online directory that indexes peer-reviewed open-access journals.
The above-mentioned quality measures are not meant as a harsh cut-off point, but as a starting point. You should always decide for yourself if the journal is suitable for your article.
Publishing is never free, of course. But thanks to national agreements between the Dutch universities (VSNU) and publishers, corresponding UT authors can publish open access at a 100% discount in almost 10.000 high-quality journals.
UT Journal Browser: journals in your field with discounts for UT authors
The UT Journal Browser presents almost 35.000 scientific journals. It lets you search for (terms in) journal title or scope, and select journals based on costs for open-access publishing.
The open-access logo on the right indicates the type of journal:
- an orange logo (‘OPEN ACCESS’) means that you automatically publish open access in this journal;
- a blue logo (‘OPEN REQUEST’) means that you can choose to publish open access in this journal.
Underneath this logo, you’ll see costs and discounts for open-access publishing. ‘100% APC discount for UT authors’ means that when you submit an article to this journal as a corresponding UT author, you can publish it open access at no cost.
To find out how to make use of an agreement, click on the journal’s title, and then click on ‘More information on this [name publisher] deal’:
In any case, use your utwente email address when you submit your article, make sure that your affiliation on the article contains ‘University of Twente’, and when asked, indicate that you do want to publish open access.
When you published behind a paywall, there are two ways to open up your publication after all:
- You can share the author version after an embargo period set by the publisher.
- You can share the final published version 6 months after it was first published online.
Sharing the author version
Most publishers allow you to open up the author version of your publication in UT Research Information, usually after an embargo period of up to 48 months. The author version has the same content as the published version (i.e., after changes based on peer review and editorial comments), but not the layout of the publisher.
To add the author version of a closed publication to UT Research Information, simply upload it to Pure Research Information. When you do so, the University Library will perform a copyright check. After a possible embargo period, your publication will automatically be openly available to anyone with an Internet connection, and easily findable through search engines such as Google Scholar. This increases the visibility and impact of your research.
Sharing the final published version
Researchers who are employed by a Dutch university can make their closed publications openly available after six months, through the universities’ repositories – in our case, UT Research Information. This is possible thanks to Section 25fa of the Dutch Copyright Act, also known as the Taverne amendment. This amendment has been translated into concrete principles.
Are you employed by the UT and is your scientific article, conference paper, or individual chapter in an edited collection based on research that was not primarily funded with private funds? Then you can open up your publication in UT Research Information six months after its first online publication. To do so, please contact the information specialist of your faculty.