The ambition of the Netherlands is to achieve 100% open access by 2020. Agreements have been made with many publishers about open access publishing. Unfortunately, this is not possible for all types of publications or journals. However, Dutch copyright law offers an alternative.
Article 25fa of the Copyright Act (Taverne Amendment) allows researchers to share short scientific works (e.g. articles & book chapters), regardless of any restrictive publishers' guidelines.
The maker of a short scientific work, the research for which has been paid for in whole or in part by Dutch public funds, shall be entitled to make that work available to the public for no consideration following a reasonable period of time after the work was first published, provided that clear reference is made to the source of the first publication of the work.
The Dutch universities decided to give open access an extra boost from 2019 by starting a pilot early 2019. On the basis of the Taverne Amendment, the publishers' versions of short scientific works can be made available after six months via the university repository. It is important that the researcher explicitly asks for this. From January 1, 2020, the VSNU will roll out the use of the Taverne amendment widely within the affiliated universities.
Conditions for participation
The university libraries can make your publication available in the repository. The period of publication after six months applies under the following conditions:
- The publication is funded wholly or partly with Dutch public funds.
- The maker(s) has/have an employment contract with an institution affiated to the VSNU; the makers can be both authors and co-authors.
- It is a short scientific work; this has the length of a scientific article or book chapter in an edited collection.
How does it work?
- Contact your university library if you want to participate.
- The university library will verify the conditions with you and provide additional information to make the publication available in the repository.
- Your short scientific work is made available in the repository and can now be shared freely with scientists and audiences around the world.
- If you receive questions at any time, for example from the publisher, the university will reply in your name.
- From January 1, 2020, the VSNU will roll out the use of the Taverne amendment widely within the affiliated universities. Contact your own local contact point (see below) for more information about conditions and implementation.
Erasmus University Rotterdam: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maastricht University: Ubemail@example.com
Radboud University Nijmegen: firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Groningen: email@example.com
Delft Technical University: OAdealsfirstname.lastname@example.org
Eindhoven Technical University: email@example.com
Tilburg University: firstname.lastname@example.org
Leiden University: OpenAccess@library.leidenuniv.nl
Open University: email@example.com
University of Twente: firstname.lastname@example.org
Utrecht University: email@example.com
Universiteit of Amsterdam: firstname.lastname@example.org
Free University Amsterdam: email@example.com
Wageningen University & Research: firstname.lastname@example.org