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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 beleid

The Dutch government aims to ensure the open access publication of 60% of scientific publications funded with public money in 2018; for 2020 the goal is set at 100%.

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)

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.

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