In some cases you are required to make your publication open access available. Here you will find what these requirements are and how to meet them.

Several open access requirements

EU requirements

Is your research funded by the EU? Then you are required to make a copy of your publication open access available. The EU accepts an embargo period of up to six months (Sciences) or twelve months (Social Sciences & Humanities).

NWO requirements

Research funder NWO requires you to make a copy of your publication open access available. NWO does not accept embargo periods.

UU requirements

Utrecht University does not impose requirements for open access availability.

Which version to make available?

 Journals often have requirements for making your publication open access available. That is why you need to check carefully which version of your article you are allowed to publish.

  1. On the website Sherpa/Romeo you will find the conditions of the journal you are publishing in. Here you can read which version of your article is suitable for open access publication and which embargo period is imposed.
  2. You can choose for the pre-print version (before peer review), the post-print version (after peer review) or the publisher version.
  3. Is the journal in which you publish not on the list or do the limitations of the journal collide with the requirements of your research funder? Please contact the editors of the journal.

Where can I upload my article?

You just need to register the publication (in the right version) and upload it in Pure, the Utrecht University research information system. By doing so, your article becomes available online in the Utrecht University Repository and in Narcis.

There are also repositories in which you can make your article open access available, often classified by discipline. You will find them via the Directory of Open Access Repositories (DOAR). For EU research also Zenodo is available.