As a UT author, you can publish open access at a 100% discount in almost 10.000 high-quality journals, and easily open up your closed publications. This increases the visibility, downloads, citations, and impact of your publications. The University of Twente is in strong favour of open access to the results of its research. By 2030, publishing open access must be the norm for all UT authors.
How to publish open access for free as a UT author
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.
* For the publisher, this is the author who submits the publication and corresponds with the publisher during the publication process. So for each publication, only one author can apply for the discount.
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.
Choosing a Creative Commons licence for your open-access publication
When you publish open access, you need to choose a Creative Commons (CC) licence to inform readers under which terms they can share your publication. For practical guidance and more information, please visit the national page on Creative Commons Licences.
How to easily open up your closed publications
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.
For an explanation of the author version and the final published version, please click here.
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), 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.
Why publish open access?
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 so you are allowed to share your publication as you please. Others can also share it on your terms, for instance for educational purposes. This increases the visibility, downloads, citations, and impact of your research.
UT Policy on open access
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 Dutch government and its partners in the field are determined to reach 100% Open Access in 2020. It is great to see the university of Twente's commitment to this goal.Ingrid van Engelshoven, Minister of Education, Culture and Science
The university’s stand on open access is expressed in the
Funder policies on open access: Plan S
Plan S is an initiative of cOAlition S, an international group of research funders including NWO and the European Commission. Publications that result from funding given by cOAlition-S members as of 2021 must meet Plan S’s demands for open-access publishing. For more information, please visit the national page on Plan S.
How to assess the quality of open-access journals
Before submitting your article to any scientific journal, it is wise to evaluate the journal and publisher. Think. Check. Submit. offers a checklist for identifying trustworthy journals for your research.
Additional criteria apply to 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.
Be extra careful when you receive an invitation to publish in an unfamiliar journal: You may be dealing with a predatory publisher that won’t properly peer review your work, but will charge high APCs for publishing your work open access. The journal names often sound familiar, but are usually of very low quality. To find out if a publisher is predatory, do the check on Think.Check.Submit and see if the publisher is listed on Beall’s list of journals and publishers that are potentially predatory. If you’re still in doubt after these checks, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll gladly help you determine the integrity of a journal or publisher.
Publishing your book open access
The OAPEN OA books toolkit is a free toolkit for authors of academic books. It offers trustworthy and easily findable answers, and guides authors in the process of publishing a book open access.
The international, informal OA Books Network is a community for authors, publishers, University Libraries, and everyone else who is interested in publishing books open access. The network uses Humanities Commons, a non-profit Academic Social Network.
When you publish an open-access book based on NWO funding, NWO’s Open Access Book Publication Fund can cover the cost (up to €10.000).