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Open Access publishing

Open access is intended to enable unlimited and worldwide sharing of knowledge and information. This includes providing online access to publications without restrictions to research for users. In alliance with scientists, policy makers, publishers and funders, TU Delft Library is developing applications to make open access publishing possible. 

Examples include the TU Delft Repository and the 4TU.ResearchData. Publishing open access offer benefits: more exposure for your work, professionals can apply your findings and higher citation rates for your publications.

Most open access articles can be found in the Directory of Open Access Journals (established in 2003). In this directory you can find 9.500 journals

Ever more important publishers exploit open access journals as part of their business model. Next to pure Open Access publishers as PLoS, Biomed, Frontiers and MDPI major publishers publish their journals as pure open access.

Open Access material originated form TU Delft is also found in great numbers in arXiv, the worlds largest e-print service in the fields of natural sciences. TU Delft is an official supporter of ArXIv 2013-2017



Open Access monitoring at TU Delft

  • Peer review articles open access 2014: 24.8%
  • Peer review articles open access 2015: 29.7%
  • Peer review articles open access 2016: 44.1%

TU Delft deals with Open Access publishers

With certain publishers TU Delft Library arranged special programs which ensures the exposure of your publications without costs.


National open access publisher agreements

On the national level several deals are conducted with publishers as Springer, Wiley, Taylor & Francis, Elsevier, Cambridge University Press and American Chemical Society. As a corresponding author with a affiliation of a Dutch university you can publish open access without cost

International agreements

11 ‘High Energy Physics’ journals, free Open Access publishing, as part of the SCOAP3 project


Funder requirements

More and more funders as NWOP and the European Union require that the results of their funded research should be vissible as OA publications and Open Data in the public domain. 


 Important open access sources

  • DOAB -platform with access to 8.500 scientific open access books
  • NARCIS -national platform with access to 510.000 open access publications from Dutch Universities and research institutions
  • DART -platform with access to 730.000 electronic theses from 590 European universities
  • OpenAire- European platform with access to 19 million publications from 6.000 repositories
  • BASE on of the world biggest open access aggregators contains 109 million documents from 5.400 sources


VSNU's Call for Open Access

For TU Delft and other universities, it is important that research is freely accessible to the public, especially when it is being funded from public resources.

In this letter the VSNU asks scientist to play an active part in the transition to Open Access.

Open Access 101

Watch an animated video:

  • What is Open Access?
  • Why is it important?

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