Use the Taverne Amendment to make your work available to the public free of charge.
You are allowed to make the final published version (PDF) of your short scientific work open access available six months after publication, by using the Taverne Amendment. This is free of charge and provided that you fulfill certain conditions.
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. For additional information on the Taverne Amendment, see the national Open Access website.
Different workflow for WU and WR authors
Due to legal requirements, different workflows for WU and WR authors apply. For WU authors, the opt-out route is set in place. For WR authors, the opt-in route is available. WUR Library will inform WU and WR authors by email when one of their publications is shared open access through the Taverne amendment
WU authors | open access by default | opt-out route
The publisher's version of your eligible short scientific works, published after 1 January 2023, will be shared open access in the WUR repository Research@WUR by default. You do not need to give permission for publications to be made public. You however have the right to opt-out and exclude one or more of your works from open access availability. The regulation for WU authors was adopted by the Executive Board on 27 November 2023 after prior approval by the WUR Council. See the Open Access procedural regulation (English) or the Open Access procedureregeling (Dutch). WUR Library will inform WU authors by email when one of their publications is shared open access through the Taverne amendment.
WR authors | permission needed | opt-in route
To open your closed publications in Research@WUR under the Taverne Amendment, you need to authorise WUR Library to do so:
- Please, fill in your personal participation form and select your preference per publication. You can select peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and conference proceedings published from 1 January 2020 onwards.
- You can give permission at any time, including upon publication.
- WUR Library will make the full text of the indicated publications publicly available in the WUR repository 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. For additional information, see the national Open Access website.
Conditions for participation for WR authors
At least one author is or has been employed at Wageningen Research during the creation of the work. The author is a corresponding or a co-author.
Short scientific work
Peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters in edited collections and conference contributions.
The research on which the publication is based, is funded partly or entirely with Dutch public funds.
The publications are made open access available in the WUR repository Research@WUR. Because the copyright remains with the publisher, you're advised to always use the link to the publication in Research@WUR to share it.
WUR guarantees support
The legal basis of the Taverne Amendment has been thoroughly researched and tested in a Dutch pilot. During this 2019 pilot and the 2020 implementation of the opt-in workflow, no legal objections were raised by any publisher. Should a publisher nevertheless still object, you can contact the Open Access support team: firstname.lastname@example.org, they will also involve the Department of Legal Affairs and other stakeholders. WUR guarantees the researcher full legal and financial support and will take over the correspondence with the publisher. This guarantee applies to both WU and WR corresponding and co-authors.
Plan S funding
The Taverne opt-in and opt-out route do not meet the requirements of Plan S funders, such as NWO and Horizon Europe. See the FAQ below.