WUR Open Access policy

The Dutch government, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), and the the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) aim to publish all publicly funded research Open Access. The Wageningen University & Research policy requires staff to publish articles, conference proceedings and PhD theses Open Access.

Currently, more than half of the WUR peer-reviewed articles are Open Access, upon publication. If a journal article is not published Open Access with the publisher, the Library will make it freely available via WUR’s institutional repository, called Staff Publications. The author has to deliver the author version of his/her article, at request of the Library.

On 3 October 2017, the Executive Board approved a policy for the implementation of Open Access at WUR. The policy provides that research output, whenever possible, is freely available via one of the forms of Open Access publishing. In order to meet this policy, WUR authors are required to publish their articles by following the Open Access Quick starter.

There are various funding arrangements with publishers to publish articles Open Access at the time of publication. WUR authors are required to use one of these arrangements, if applicable. For information on Open Access deals with publishers, you can consult the WUR Journal Browser.

Article Processing Charges will be registered by the Library. This applies to costs paid from the WUR budget. The Library will ask you to send us this information. The registration provides information about the costs of Open Access publishing.

WUR Library safeguards the complete registration of peer-reviewed articles by using automatic feeds from Scopus to Pure, the WUR Research Information System. For each article, information on Open Access is added. If the article is not available Open Access, the Green Open Access road (Self-archiving) will be followed. In this case, the author is asked to deliver the author version (also known as ‘postprint’, or ‘AAM’).

All PhD theses of the WUR are already freely available (sometimes after an embargo period) via WUR’s repository. The webpage on PhD thesis submission contains further information. In the future, the WUR Open Access policy will be extended to other publication types such as conference proceedings.