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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 without restrictions to research for users. In alliance with scientists, funders, academics and other libraries, TU Delft Library is developing applications to make Open Access publishing possible. 

Examples include the TU Delft Repository and the 4TU.ResearchData. Publishing in the TU Delft Repository and in Open Access can offer benefits for academics.

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 (May 2017).

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 STM 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

Quality Open Access Market-QOAM

The quality of scientific results is very important and this also applies to OA publications. To select a high quality OA title for a reasonable price, you can use QOAM. Libraries provide an opinion on the transparency of the websites of open access and hybrid journals. Additionally QOAM also publishes Valuation Scorecards, which allows authors to share their experiences with scientific journals.


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

On average, the author’s fee for an Open Access article is €1500. With certain publishers TU Delft Library arranged special programs or memberships in order to get discounts, which ensures the exposure of your publications without or with less costs.

At the following publishers you can disseminate your Open Access article without a charge or a discount (APC)

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. We have summarized the conditions of TU Delft's main financiers.

For support regarding datamanagement: please contact 4TU.ResearchData.

Hybrid and Delayed Open Access journals

In addition to Open Access journals, there are also some journals that only partially apply the principles of Open Access. These journals include a combination of Open Access articles, paid for by the author, and articles that are accessible on subscription only. A number of journals provide Open Access journals after an embargo period, ranging 6-36 months. These titles can be found at a list of delayed Open Access journals.

Predatory Open access publishers

Some publishers and journals have attempted to exploit the business model of open access publishing by charging large fees to authors without providing the proper editorial and publishing services associated with more established and legitimate journals. We have compiled information about this topic.


 Important open access sources

  • DOAB -platform with access to 7.500 scientific open access books
  • NARCIS -national platform with access to 500.000 open access publications from Dutch Universities and research institutions
  • DART -platform with access to 725.000 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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