Participants wanted for the open access Taverne project

Making published articles and book chapters available in open access is important to share academic results with society. While most publishers handle an embargo period of a year or longer, according to Dutch law a ‘reasonable’ (i.e. shorter) period is possible.

The university library is looking for researchers who would like to participate in a nation-wide pilot promoting open access through the UM repository after six months.

Making your published articles and book chapters available in an online repository is an important way to increase open access publishing and to share your academic results with society. Most publishers handle an embargo period of a year or longer before this can be done, whereas the Dutch law reads this can be done within a ‘reasonable’ term. The Dutch University Association (VSNU) and the National Platform Open Science argue that in most cases open access should be possible six months after publication.

The university library is looking for researchers who would like to participate in a nation-wide pilot promoting open access through the UM repository after six months and testing the reaction of publishers. The library will provide administrative and legal help to researchers who receive complaints by publishers (‘You Share, We Take Care’ principle).

Are you interested to participate in this pilot? Please contact Thomas Conzelmann and/or Merle Achten.

Science Guide articles on the topic: Nederlandse rectoren maken eigen publicaties openbaar beschikbaar and Repository route is een belangrijke loot aan open access boom.