Publishing Open Access: the future of science
Open Access is based on the free and unhindered sharing and reusing of scientific literature and teaching materials. Every year, more TU authors choose to publish their work in open access, while retaining copyright. Since 2018 a majority of the peer reviewed articles are published open access. Increasingly, TU Delft material is quoted, translated and reused worldwide via open access. It strengthens the position of a strong partner in scientific collaboration. And open access accelerates the progress of science and the application of science to society. Open Access is one of the pillars of Open Science Programme 2020-2024
Open access has a long history at TU Delft, since 2003 the TU Delft Library facilitates open publications through the Institutional Repository. In 2005 the TU Delft signed the 'Berlin Declaration' that states that open access is the best way to spread knowledge around the world as fairly as possible. The TU Delft Open Access policy states that authors must at least publish their authors version in the TU Delft Repository.
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In the coming years, TU Delft will expand its open access activities from peer-reviewed academic articles to books, conference procedures, book chapters, reports, reviews, and educational resources. The project provides policy and adjustments to the infrastructure of the Library as the platform TU Delft OPEN Publishing that are crucial to the openaccess process.
Open Access Funding
TU Delft focuses on national and institutional agreements with publishers to change the existing subscription models to a status where open access is dominant. This is done on a national scale under the leadership of the VSNU and at the local level where many agreements have been made. These agreements also concern publishers who have a 100% Open Access business model.
When there are no publisher agreements to publish open access researchers can use the Open Access Fund to (partly) cover their APC costs (Article Processing Charge, paid to a publisher to make an article openly available).
Every year, efforts in the area of open access are monitored. Both the totals and the variety of open access (Green, Gold and Hybrid) are important to consider. In the 2019 measurement, 66.3% of TU Delft’s peer-reviewed articles were published open access.