You share, we take care

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 allows researchers to share short scientific works (e.g. articles & book chapters), regardless of any restrictive publishers' guidelines.

Taverne Amendment
The law states: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 have decided to give open access an extra boost from 2019 by starting a pilot. On the basis of the Taverne Amendment, the publishers' versions of short scientific works can be shared after six months via the university repository. It is important that the researcher explicitly gives consent.

Conditions for participation
TU Delft Library will share  your publications via the TU Delft 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 author(s) has/had an employment contract with the TU Delft, which participates in the pilot. Authors can be corresponding- as well as co-authors.
  • It concerns a short scientific work; this has the length of a scientific article or book chapter in an edited collection.

How does it work?

  • The faculties of Industrial Design Engineering, Architecture and the Built Environment, Aerospace Engineering and Civil Engineering and Geosciences have been selected for the pilot. This selection took place through a national benchmark. Researchers of these faculties will be approached to participate.
  • Do you work at another Faculty? Contact the TU Delft Library if you want to participate.
  • When participating, you sign an agreement in which it is agreed that TU Delft will share your publisher's version via the TU Delft Repository.
  • TU Delft Library will verify the conditions with you and provide additional information to get the publication in the TU Delft Repository.
  • Your short scientific work will be placed in the TU Delft Repository and can now be freely shared with scientists and audiences around the world.
  • If you receive questions at any time, for example from the publisher, TU Delft will take care of the correspondence for you.
  • The pilot started at the beginning of February 2019 and will last six months. The outcomes of the pilot will then be evaluated. After the pilot the articles will be available online.

As a result of the pilot, 300+ articles have already been published in TU Delft Repository, including some articles of our Rector Magnificus Tim van der Hagen.

More information and contact
You can find more background information and Q&As.
TU Delft contact person: Just de Leeuwe, TU Delft Library | Research Support.

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