Use your right to open access publication via the VU Research Portal

You are entitled to share your works via the portal six months after their initial publication. The University Library will help you!

01/31/2019 | 9:15 AM

Would you like to make the publisher's version of your publications available to anyone, free of charge? Six months after their publication, you can share them via a repository such as the VU Research Portal. The University Library will arrange this for you, so it won’t take up any of your time. You share, we care!

Use your copyright
In 2015, Section 25fa* was added to the Dutch Copyright Act. As a researcher, this gives you the right to publish academic articles, based on research funded by the Dutch government, on an open access basis following a reasonable period of time, irrespective of the conditions imposed by publishers. You can have your article posted by the University Library in a repository such as the VU Research Portal (PURE). The libraries of all Dutch universities will be helping researchers make the most of their right to open access publication.

What can the University Library do for you? You share, we care!
-    What can the University Library do for you, if you would like to take part? We will automatically post all your 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.
-    What should you do, if you are taking part? You must give the University Library permission to apply the method of working outlined above and send us an overview of your (imminent) publications.

This method of working has been approved by the VSNU (Association of Universities in the Netherlands), the Executive Board of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the portfolio holders of the faculties.

Your publication must satisfy the following conditions:
- The research must have been paid for in full or in part using Dutch public funds.
- You must be the author or co-author and employed by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
- It must be a short academic work: an academic article, conference proceedings or chapter of an ‘edited collection’.

Legal advice and support
The VSNU has obtained comprehensive advice from legal scholars regarding the basic assumptions applied in our use of Section 25fa of the Dutch Copyright Act. If publishers object, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will provide you with legal advice and financial support: ‘You Share, We Take Care!’

Will you join us?
Several dozen VU researchers have already agreed to take part. Would you like to join them? If so, contact Arjan de Rooy, open access specialist at the University Library, via

One of the VU researchers taking part in the project is Ruard Ganzevoort, Professor of Practical Theology and Dean of the Faculty of Religion and Theology. In this interview he explains why.

Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have questions about the project? You can find many answers at or contact Arjan de Rooy, open access specialist at the University Library, via

What can open access publishing do for you?
Analyses have shown that open access publications attract significantly more academic and social attention than publications ‘behind a paywall’. You will be able to reach a wide audience more quickly. With various research funders, you will find that Open Access publication via a repository also satisfies the requirements for open access publication. Together, we are working towards 100% open access by 2020. See also this flyer.

* Section 25fa. This is also known as the Taverne amendment.
On the University Library website you find more information on Open Access publishing.