If you can’t immediately publish Gold or Hybrid Open Access, you are allowed to publish the final published version of your work Open Access six months after the first (online) publishing date, through a special article in the Dutch Copyright Act.
Article 25fa of the Dutch Copyright Act, also known as the Taverne Amendment, allows researchers to share short scientific works, regardless of any restrictive publisher’s guidelines. Short scientific works include articles, book chapters or book sections in an edited book and conference publications. Article 25fa of the Dutch Copyright Act states that:
A reasonable period of time is nationally defined as six months after the first (online) publication. Additional information on the Taverne Amendment can be found here.
Conditions for participation
Depending on your employment contract, you need to meet the following conditions to be able to participate:
To open your closed publications in Research@WUR under the Taverne Amendment, you need to authorise WUR Library to do so:
- Please fill in the participation form and select your preference per publication. Primarily, you can select peer-reviewed articles from 1 January 2020 onwards. Later on (2021 – 2022) the form will also include articles from earlier years, book chapters and conference proceedings.
- You can give permission at any time, including upon publication.
- WUR Library will make the full text of the indicated publications publicly available in Research@WUR after a six-month embargo period. From there, the publications will automatically be indexed in major databases and search engines.
- If you want to withdraw your consent, you can fill in a revoke consent form at any time. As such, you will keep full control over which of your publications will be opened under the Taverne Amendment. Additional information can be found here.