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Rectors share scientific articles in open access

The most recent scientific articles from the rectors of Dutch universities will soon be available online to the general, international public for free. By doing so, the rectors aim to set a good example for all researchers in the Netherlands.

Thom Palstra, Rector Magnificus of the UT, has also joined this initiative. Five of his six publications in 2018 were already openly accessible via UT Research Information. The sixth will follow in April.

The rectors’ action 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 at making publications openly accessible after six months. This is possible due to changes made to Article 25fa of Dutch copyright law in 2015, also known as the Taverne amendment.

A good example results in good practices
Universities strive to make publicly funded scientific work freely accessible. Recently, Dutch universities have been able to make agreements with many publishers regarding open-access publication. Unfortunately, this has not been successful every time. For this reason, universities now invite their researchers to make use of this new possibility in the copyright law. The rectors hope that many researchers will follow suit.

For the University of Twente, the pilot ‘You share, we take care’ 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.

Conditions
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. 

Would you like to participate?
Researchers who would like to participate in the pilot and make their closed publication(s) accessible can contact the information specialist of their faculty.

More information
For more information about the pilot ‘You share, we take care’, please visit www.openaccess.nl.