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Open Access Week 2018: universities are making strides towards 100% Open Access

Open Access will be on the international agenda from 22 to 28 October 2018. Dutch Minister for Education, Culture and Science Ingrid van Engelshoven says she is proud the Netherlands is in the vanguard of the Open Access movement. ‘Publicly funded research should also be publicly accessible. That is why this cabinet hopes to achieve 100% Open Access in 2020.’

As reflected in the current coalition agreement, ‘Open Science’ and ‘Open Access’ will become leading in scientific research. The ambition to achieve 100% Open Access in 2020 is strongly endorsed by the University of Leiden. According to Rector  Magnificus Carel Stolker, Open Access is important for the university, for researchers, government and society. Open Access is not an isolated phenomenon but is part of the Open Science movement. Two Leiden researchers, Koen Caminda and Elizabeth de Lange, explain in this short video what Open Access means for them.

Leiden Repository

The Leiden Repository  provides you with an easy means to make publications Open Access, and the increase in the number of uploads that we have seen over the past years indicates that Leiden researchers are more and more willing to use to the Repository. In the graphs that we show below you can see that last year more than half of all Leiden articles was deposited in the Repository. When we look at all publication types  (including monographs and edited volumes) more a third  has an upload. The numbers for 2018 are promising, but not yet complete. However, we are confident to see a continuation of the increase in uploads of the past years.

Percentage of all Leiden publications with an upload to the Repository: 2018 has not yet been finalized.
Percentage of all Leiden articles with an upload to the Repository: 2018 has not yet been finalized.

Leiden University's Open Access Policy

As of December 2017, the Executive Board asks all Leiden researchers to upload their peer reviewed articles into the Leiden Repository. All Leiden researchers are requested to deposit their articles into the  Leiden Repository via LUCRIS.  This applies both to articles published in Open Access and to articles which are currently behind a paywall. Publishers responsible for academic journals generally allow their authors to provide open access to an author’s version of the publication. This can be either a postprint or a preprint. Archiving your publication in the Leiden repository enhances the visibility and the accessibility of your publications. Additionally, it ensures the long term availability of your research outputs.

In which journals can I publish Open Access without additional costs?
Researchers and authors at Leiden University can benefit from the many open access agreements that have been reached with ca. 8.0000 academic high quality journals. In these journals, corresponding authors can generally make their articles freely available, without any additional charges. You may consult the Journal Browser Journal Browser to check whether a deal with one of your favorite journals has been made. You may also browse through an overview of all Open Access agreements with publishers.

More information
If you have any questions about Open Access, please contact us via: cds@library.leidenuniv.nl.

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