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Background and policies

Open Access provides direct, free and online availability of research output without copyright restrictions by publishers.

Open Access policies & requirements

In November 2013, Mr. Dekker, the Dutch State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science declared his policy for Open Access in a letter to the ‘Tweede Kamer’. He aims to realise a development towards 100% Open Access within 10 years. This implies a 60% Open Access output within 5 years’ time.

On 15th July 2014, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) sent out a letter to all members of the Dutch academic community: ‘Open Access to publications’ dealing with the latest developments and their implications for researchers.

Open Access of publications is also of great importance to the European Commission and may be a requirement for funding in Horizon 2020 projects.

Gold road to Open Access

Publishing in a freely accessible Open Access periodical is often considered the ‘gold road to Open Access’. Some Open Access journals do not ask for contributions, but others do. Please keep these costs in mind when writing a grant proposal.

Find out whether the journal of your choice is an open access journal in the DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)

NWO has an incentive fund for current NWO financed research projects.

Green road to Open Access

Green Open Access is a combination of a publication in a (traditional) journal and depositing a copy in an Open Access digital repository, such as the Leiden repository.

A link has been established between LUCRIS, the research registration system, and the repository. When you register your publication in LUCRIS, you can submit your full text article to the repository with just a few extra clicks. All Dutch repository output will be assembled in the Narcis portal.

You can check the copyright policies of journals and publishers for Green OA at the website: SHERPA/RoMEO. Or contact the Copyright Information Office.