Pilot for Open Access publishing via VU Research Portal is a success

One hundred VU Amsterdam researchers have published over 300 publications in open access via the VU Research Portal.

01/20/2020 | 3:18 PM

Plans are currently being made for a broad implementation of Section 25fa of the Dutch Copyright Act.

The VSNU pilot ‘You Share, We Take Care’ , in which researchers made the publisher’s version of their publications available through open access (six months after the initial publication date), was a success. The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and the National Plan Open Science (NPOS) have therefore decided to pursue a broad implementation of Section 25fa of the Dutch Copyright Act (also known as the Taverne Amendment) in 2020.

This means that all Dutch researchers who want to make their publications open access via a repository based on the NPOS principles (see below) will receive support from their institution. Over the course of 2020, the University Library will be launching a project to support VU researchers. Further details will follow in the near future.

Total of 2,800 open access publications shared via the repositories
Around 600 researchers from Dutch universities took part in the pilot. More than 2,800 publications were made available in open access format via university repositories. The majority of these publications (75%) were peer-reviewed articles. Conference proceedings and book chapters from edited collections were shared as well. No legal problems arose during the pilot.

100 participating VU academics
At the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, a total of 100 academics participated and over 300 publications were made open access via the VU Research Portal. VU researchers Jaap van Dieën and Danielle Posthuma led the way with 32 and 28 publications, respectively. Because VU researchers from all faculties took part in the pilot, the University Library was able to gain extensive experience in supporting all the different publication cultures.

Publishers with the most publications shared
The three publishers with the highest percentage of shared publications were Elsevier (28%), Wiley (12%) and Springer/Nature (10%). Many participants wanted to share recent publications as well as material from one or more years ago. For more information, see the public version of the evaluation report.

More information or questions?
- Contact Arjan de Rooy, open access specialist at the University Library, via green.open.access.taverne.ub@vu.nl
- Read: Use your right to open access publication via the VU Research Portal

NPOS principles for broad implementation of the Taverne Amendment

a.    The work will be shared in its definitive, published version (Version of Record, VOR).
b.    A ‘reasonable period’ will be taken to mean a uniform standard of six months, regardless of the field of study.
c.    ‘Initial publication’ means the date on which the article in its published version was first made available online. This is often prior to the publication date of the volume/issue.
d.    Short scholarly work refers to both articles and conference papers, as well as individual chapters in edited collections. Monographs and chapters of monographs are therefore not considered short scholarly works.
e.    The national principles shall also apply if the publisher invokes foreign law and/or only some of the co-authors are financed via Dutch public funds. Listing a researcher as a co-author is considered evidence that he or she has made a significant contribution.
f.    The aforementioned principles shall apply to all academic researchers whose work is financed wholly or in part using Dutch public funds, irrespective of how copyright may have been arranged between the researcher or researchers and the employer.