Am I required to publish open access?
Already in 2013 the Dutch government took the position that research funded by public means should be freely available. The aim is to have all Dutch scientific publications published open access in 2020. This year a result of sixty percent should be achieved.
Major research funders require open access publishing
Is your research funded by the European Union? In that case you are obliged to make a copy of your publication open access available. The EU accepts a maximum embargo period of six months (Sciences) or of twelve months (Social Sciences & Humanities).
- Horizon2020 / Horizon Europe
Information about Horizon Europe
- European Research Council
In the case of ERC subsidies that are granted within the framework of Horizon 2020 work programmes (from 2014 onwards) open access is required for peer-reviewed publications. This is also true for monographs.
More information about the ERC and open access
Also Dutch research funders have guidelines on open access.
Research funder NWO requires you to make a copy of your publication open access available. NWO does not accept embargo periods. Publications include (peer-reviewed) articles, books, monographs, edited volumes, proceedings and book chapters. NWO prefers the golden route. If that is not possible, NWO allows authors to archive their publications in a repository (also known as self-archiving).
Read the NWO guidelines.
ZonMw states as a condition that project results will be made open access 'as soon as possible'.
Read the grant conditions here.
Contact us for questions about meeting your funder's open access requirements.