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Two roads to open access publishing

Two roads lead to open access: a gold one and a green one.

Gold road 

Publishing in a freely accessible open-access periodical is often considered the ‘gold road to open access’. Some open-access journals do not ask for a financial contribution to publish an article, but others can ask as much as 3,000 euros.

List of ‘peer-reviewed open-access’ journals

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) provides a complete list of all peer-reviewed open-access journals. There are also hybrid journals, such as PNAS, as well as hybrid publishers such as Springer. Hybrid implies that a subscription is required to view the article, but the author may also choose to make the article available to non-subscribers.

An up-to-date survey of journals in which corresponding authors of Dutch universities and Academic Medical Centres can publish in open access freely or with a reduction, is the Open Access Journal Browser

Green road 

Publishing in a digital repository is often considered the 'green road to open access'. In open archives, also known as digital repositories, the academic research output of an institute (Universiteit van Amsterdam: UvA-DARE), country (the Netherlands: Narcis) or a certain field (physics:  arXiv) are made freely accessible to everyone . Results from UvA-DARE are shown via NARCIS.

Open access publishing in UvA-DARE - the UvA repository

UvA-DARE was set up to benefit the researchers at the UvA. Its aim is that all academic publications (articles, books, chapters, etc.) by UvA researchers will be published in UvA-DARE and will be freely available to everyone.

Via Pure the bibliographic information (metadata) has often been made available already in UvA-DARE. This information may include a preprint (the original version as it was sent to the publisher before review), postprint (the author's final version after the review process) or the publisher's PDF file. The author can therefore choose which version to make available.

An overview of publishers' policies on the basis of ‘copyright transfer agreements' is posted on SHERPA. However, the author is always free to request permission from the publisher.

Article 25fa of the Dutch Copyright Act (Taverne amendment)

According to article 25fa of the Dutch Copyright Act researchers are permitted to publish their work through the university repository on the condition that the work was financed with public funds, that a reasonable time has passed, and that the work is short and scientific in nature. The University of Amsterdam is part of a national pilot project to help facilitate this amendment. For more information please see the website on Open Access.

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The advantages of open-access publishing in UvA-DARE

There are many advantages to storing material in UvA-DARE. If a publication is made freely accessible via UvA-DARE, there are extra advantages aside from those involved in open-access publishing:

  • The publications are available worldwide via the Internet and easy to find with well-known search engines such as Yahoo and Google Scholar.
  • Material stored in UvA-DARE is also stored in the National library of the Netherlands. This e-depot guarantees that the material will be available for at least the next hundred years. The e-depot also continually updates the file format over the years to make it compatible with current standards.

The repositories of UvA

At the moment, the UvA possesses multiple repositories. Each repository holds a specific kind of material:

  • UvA-DARE for publications on academic research.