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Open Access

The Centre for Digital Scholarship is dedicated to support Open Access publishing by means of policy, training, support, and services available to all researchers of Leiden University.

Open Access provides free online availability of research output without restrictions. Open Access  increases the visibility of a publication enormously.

Leiden University's Open Access Policy

The Executive Board asks Leiden researchers to make their publications Open Access by means of an upload into the Leiden Repository. When the publications have already been issued in Open Access by the publisher, you can easily make a straightforward upload. If they are not (yet) Open Access, you can read on our webpage 'Publish Open Access in the Leiden Repository' how you can best proceed.

You can find more information on the page 'Leiden University Open Access Policy'.

Flowchart How to publish Open Access at Leiden University

Flowchart How to publish Open Access at Leiden University

In this flowchart you will find a step by step explanation on how you can publish your article Open Access. The consortium of university libaries (UKB) provides a useful overview 'how to get to the PDF' to find the articles.


Agreements with publishers

Leiden University has numerous deals with publishers that will offer our corresponding authors Open Access without additional costs and guarantees high quality.

Browse the Journal Browser for the possibilities to publish Open Access listed per journal. If you only wish to see the journals that will offer you a (large) discount, you may consult this list of 11.000 titles.


Many researchers use Creative Commons licenses to share their publications in open access. In this video, Leiden Professor of Intellectual Property Law Dirk Visser explains copyright in relation to Open Access and the various licenses that authors can apply for their users.

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Leiden Repository

You can upload your publication via LUCRIS easily into the Leiden Repository and make your research publicly available without any costs.  We explain how to proceed on the page 'LUCRIS and the Leiden Repository'

Open Access coaching

The Open Access team at the Centre for Digital Scholarship offers advice, presentations en workshops; we are happy to answer your questions on Open Access via: openaccess@library.leidenuniv.nl

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