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Open-Access publishing

When an article is published Open Access (OA), anyone can read it without financial, legal, or technical barriers. The peer-review process is the same as for traditional publishing, but the author – and not the publisher – gets to decide where and how to share the article after it is published. These advantages of OA publishing increase your article’s visibility, downloads, citations, and impact.

Find out below how to publish OA at a discount or even for free, how to publish OA in high-quality journals, what’s in it for you, and how to make your research sustainably available and your non-OA publications openly available after all (UT Research Information).  

Do you have any questions or would you like guidance in publishing your work OA? The information specialists of the University Library offer support to UT authors who wish to publish OA. They will gladly help you to make your research more visible to the world.

Towards 100% open access at the UT: Attend our meeting on February 21!

The University of Twente cordially invites you to attend its meeting ‘Towards 100% Open Access at the UT’ on Wednesday, February 21!

The UT wants to achieve 100% Open Access (OA) in 2020. Last year, we reached 41%. What do we need to get to 100%?  

Keynote speakers Ingrid van Engelshoven (Minister of Education, Culture, and Science) and Leo Waaijers (OA advocate and former university librarian) will share their views on how to facilitate the full transition towards open access in the Netherlands.

An important part of this two-hour meeting is a discussion in which experienced journalist Frénk van der Linden will explore the OA needs from varying perspectives represented by a discussion panel and the audience. Thom Palstra, rector magnificus, will present awards for OA heroes at the UT. Further discussions can take place during drinks afterwards.  

Attend our meeting and tell us what you need to get to 100% open access!

When: February 21, 2018
Where: Vrijhof (Amphi / Agora), University of Twente
Time: 15:30 – 17:30, followed by drinks
Highlights: Keynote speakers Ingrid van Engelshoven and Leo Waaijers, discussion and awards

We look forward to welcoming you on February 21.

RSVP here.

How to publish OA for free or at a discount

Thanks to national agreements between VSNU (the association of universities in the Netherlands) and publishers, corresponding UT authors can now publish OA for free or at a discount in many journals. Most of these agreements concern subscription journals with an OA option. To ensure participation, use your utwente email address and affiliation when submitting your article, and when asked, indicate that you do want to publish OA.

Corresponding UT authors can also apply for an OA-publishing grant from the Open Science Fund: The University of Twente subsidizes 50% of the cost of publishing in a peer-reviewed OA journal, provided that the criteria are met. Corresponding UT authors whose research was funded by NWO can apply for an NWO Incentive Fund that covers the cost of OA publishing.

  • OA publishing for free | corresponding UT authors can publish OA for free in these 6900+ journals
  • OA publishing at a discount | corresponding UT authors can publish OA at a discount in these 1300+ journals and e-books
  • National OA website | how to publish OA for free or at a discount per publisher
  • Open Science Fund | corresponding UT authors can receive a 50% reimbursement of the cost when they publish in an OA journal
  • NWO Incentive Fund OA | corresponding UT authors whose research was funded by NWO can receive up to €6.000,00 per research project for the funding of OA publications
How to publish OA in high-quality journals

You can definitely publish OA in journals with a high impact factor and in high-quality journals.

Concerning impact factors, more and more OA journals have one. Journal Citation Reports lets you search for OA journals with high impact factors in your field. On the other hand, more and more subscription journals with high impact factors offer an OA option. See ‘How to publish OA for free or at a discount’ above and search in the Excel file ‘OA publishing for free’ to find journals in your field.

To recognize high-quality OA journals, consider the standard criteria for evaluating any scientific journal, such as intrinsic quality of articles in the journal, scope and audience, selectivity, peer-review process, writing quality, editorial committee, availability, and visibility. When an OA journal is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals, it meets strict quality criteria, and even stricter ones when it received the DOAJ Seal of Approval. You can search the directory for journals in your field.

Why OA publishing helps researchers

OA publishing increases the visibility of your research. More people have access to your work, so more people download your publication. This means that more people cite your work, which increases the impact of your research.

When you publish OA, you remain the copyright holder of your work. This means that you can share your own work as you wish, for instance by offering it OA in Pure Research Information.

Why University of Twente | Research information helps researchers

No matter where you published your work, always make sure that your publications are uploaded to Pure Resarch Information. By doing so, you:

  • provide OA to your non-OA publications in UT Research Information, and increase the visibility of your work that will now be found by search engines such as Google Scholar;
  • make your publications sustainably available in the National Library of the Netherlands; and
  • abide by the University of Twente’s OA policy.

If your work was originally published OA, then upload the final pdf of your publication. If your work was originally published non-OA, then upload the author version as well. That is the final version of the text (after changes based on peer review and editorial comments), but without the layout of the publisher. Why? The University Library is only allowed to offer OA to the author version of non-OA publications, with a possible embargo period of up to 48 months during which OA to your work is not allowed. Don’t worry about this when you upload your work: The University Library will perform a copyright check and set an embargo period for your publication when necessary.


Do you have any questions or would you like guidance in publishing your work OA?

More information

Are you looking for background information on OA publishing? This pdf describes:

  • Gold and green Open Access
  • Non-OA, hybrid, and OA journals
  • Why publishing in OA journals is preferred over publishing in hybrid journals
  • Why OA publishing is preferred over non-OA publishing
  • What you may not realize concerning cost and copyright
  • When you published non-OA: Copyright and self-archiving policies of publishers and funders
  • Other ways to evaluate OA journals

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