Open access (OA) provides free, digital access to the results of academic research. If you would like to know more about open access, please visit The University Library offers the following support and services in the field of open access.

Open Access Publishing

The University Library gladly advises researchers on open access publishing, for instance:

In addition, we make open access preservation possible via the Utrecht University Repository.

If you, as a Utrecht University researcher, would like to start your own open access journal, you can make use of the publishing service Uopen Journals.

Open Access Fund

Since 2012 researchers at Utrecht University may call on our Open Access Fund to have their Article Processing Charges (APCs) reimbursed. The fund covers 50% of the open access charges, provided the application meets our criteria.


With our Copyright Information Office  we support researchers, lecturers, employees and students in solving all kinds of copyright issues. Because, partly as a result of open access and digital developments, copyright has become increasingly important but also more complex.

Research data management

Making research data accessible for reuse generates several positive effects. On the Research Data Management portal you will find tools and information about managing, describing and disclosing (open) research data.

Open Science

Open access is only one of the many aspects of open science: the process of making the entire scholarly communication cycle more accessible and transparent. Other subjects such as open peer review and altmetrics (alternative metrics) are evolving rapidly as well. The library is closely following these developments and welcomes discussions with researchers. If you have any questions about open science please contact us via