Self-archiving (Green Open Access)

Green Open Access - also known as self-archiving - refers to the practice of providing Open Access to a version of an article published in a closed-access (subscription) journal, by depositing it in an institutional repository. Research@WUR is the repository of Wageningen University & Research. For journal articles that are not published Open Access, WUR authors must deliver the 'author version' of their manuscript to the Library for making it available via Green Open Access. Besides journal articles, other scientific output (e.g. PhD theses, conference proceedings) can also made freely available via Green Open Access.

How to self-archive the author version of an article

You can make the digital draft of your article Open Access after it has been peer reviewed, but before it is published. The 'author version' is also called the 'postprint' or 'AAM'.

1. Check if the publisher of your article allows you to file the 'author version' (example) in the repository, by looking up the journal in the WUR Journal Browser. By clicking on the journal title, you will find the information in the Green Open Access tile.

2. Send the author version to the Library. Please be sure to include the DOI when available. The Library will add a cover page and makes the author version available through Research@WUR. The cover page includes information on sharing, citing and the DOI.

3. Publisher’s policies may delay deposition for Open Access for an embargo period specified for each journal. This can range from a few months to several years. The Library will take this embargo period in account so that the article will be made available Open Access after the embargo period.

WUR staff has to publish peer-reviewed articles, conference proceedings and PhD theses OA according to the Wageningen University & Research Open Access policy.