Rectores Magnifici share scientific articles in open access

Rector Vinod Subramaniam participates in UL-project ‘You share, we take care’.

03/11/2019 | 1:18 PM

The most recent scientific articles from the Rectores Magnifici of Dutch universities – amongst whom VU- Rector Magnificus Vinod Subramaniam - will soon be available online to the general, international public for free. By doing so, the rectors aim to set a good example for all researchers in the Netherlands. The articles will be shared via the university repositories.

This is in keeping with the goal in the Netherlands to be 100% open access by 2020 and is a part of the pilot “You share, we take care”.  Open-access sharing of the articles across the world is possible due to changes made to Article 25fa of Dutch copyright law in 2015, which is also known as the Taverne amendment.

Sixty participating VU researchers
At VU Amsterdam sixty researchers are already participating In the pilot project
‘You share, we take care’, amongst whom VU- Rector Magnificus Vinod Subramaniam. The University Library supports the participating researchers by automatically posting all their academic publications dated after 1 January 2018, subject to the condition that the research was funded by the Dutch government, in the publisher’s version (version of record) in the VU Research Portal six months after their initial publication date.

A good example results in good practices
VU- Rector Magnificus Vinod Subramaniam: "Science that is paid from public funds must be available to everyone. An important new step has been taken with this amendment to the Dutch Copyright Act. All Dutch rectors magnifici take the lead. We make our recent publications available in open access and hope that many researchers will follow our example."

Under certain conditions, researchers are able to share their publications in open access after six months, without having to make a specific agreement with the publisher. The scientific research on which the work is based must be financed in whole or in part by Dutch public funds and the author or co-author must be employed at a Dutch institution. It must also pertain to a brief academic work, the length of a scientific article or chapter in an edited collection. 

Would you like to participate?
Researchers who wish to participate can get in touch with the University Library.

More information
More information on the “You share, we take care” pilot and contact details for the parties involved at the universities can be found at the UL website.