Utrecht University Repository: the green route to open access

Following the green route to open access publishing means depositing your article(s) in the Utrecht University Repository, the online scientific archive of Utrecht University.

The contents of the archive are searchable via the Netherlands Research Portal, part of the European OpenAire. All publications in the Utrecht University Repository can also be found via search engines Google Scholar and BASE.

How does it work?

Your publications are included in the repository if you add them to Pure, the research information system used by Utrecht University.

Publications from the current and previous year

The library searches for the full text and checks, even if an embargo period* is imposed, if the publication can be made open access​.

Publications older than two years

The library searches for the full text and checks, even if an embargo period* is imposed, if the publication can be made open access​.

Print publications, articles from print journals or (chapters from) books

The library checks if the publications can be made open access​.

Rights Retention strategy

From 2021 onwards, authors receiving funding from a cOAlitionS funder (which includes NWO and ERC) are obliged to make their publications openly available without an embargo period. For articles published in closed journals, you can still meet this requirement by making use of the Rights Retention Strategy. RRS allows authors to share their work in the final author's version (Author Accepted Manuscript) immediately and under a CC-BY license, even if the publisher places restrictions on this. 

* Up to six-months embargo thanks to 'Taverne amendment'

In 2019 the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) organized the pilot project ‘You Share, We Take Care!’ in which scientists were invited to give the university permission to make their publications freely available after a six-month period in the repository. This can be done because of a change in the Dutch Copyright Act which offers scientists the right to make publications publicly available, irrespective of embargo periods imposed by publishers. This also goes for embargo periods longer than six months, when you co-authored a publication, or if your work is published by an international publisher.

As of 2020, the 'Taverne amendment' has been implemented by all Dutch universities.

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Why archive your publications in the Utrecht University Repository?

  • You promote the visibility and findability of your publications​
    Publications in the archive are visible in the Netherlands Research Portal and can also be found via search engines Google Scholar and BASE. An automatic link will be made between your profile page on the university website and the publication in the archive.
  • You increase the impact of your research​
    Where possible publications are made freely accessible (open access). By open access your publication will be read more often and there is a greater chance the publication will be cited.

Other repositories

There are several repositories where you can make your publication open access. These repositories are often arranged by discipline. You will find them in the Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR). You can also use Zenodo for research funded by the European Union.


About Pure: please ask your faculty administrator responsible for Pure (intranet).

About the Utrecht University Repository: send an email to Library.publishingsupport@uu.nl.