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).

 Also Dutch research funders have guidelines on open access.

  • NWO
    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
    ZonMw states as a condition that project results will be made open access 'as soon as possible'. 
    Read the grant conditions here.

Other research funders

Are you funded by other parties? Check the SHERPA Juliet database to find out what conditions are set by your open access funder.

To the SHERPA Juliet database


Contact us for questions about meeting your funder's open access requirements.