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You share, we take care!

Last updated on 23 July 2021
Would you like to make the publisher's version of your publications available to anyone, free of charge and with no effort?

The ambition of VU Amsterdam is to make all publications accessible for everyone. VU Amsterdam has made Open Access-agreements with many publishers at no extra cost for researchers. However, these agreements do not yet cover all types of publications and journals. Fortunately, Dutch copyright law now offers an alternative: in almost all cases, lecturers and researchers can share their publications openly in the VU Research Portal, six months after initial (non-Open Access) publication.

You share, we take care

The University Library can now support all VU researchers who want to make their publications accessible in this way. We only need your permission to legally share your publications. The library will then automatically deposit published PDF-versions (Version of Record) of your academic publications in the VU Research Portal. The library starts with all publications published after January 1, 2018.

The conditions

If you have an employment contract with VU, you can make use of our Open Access service. These are the conditions for a publication to be included in the service:

  • You are corresponding author or co-author of the publication.
  • The publication is a short scientific work. This includes articles, conference proceedings and book chapters in edited volumes.

Participate now!

Do you want to participate? You can join by using this form to grant the library permission to make your work Open Access. There is no further effort needed from you. You share, we take care!

More information

Do you have questions about the project? Please consult the Questions & Answers for in-depth information or contact us by e-mail (see below).

Open Access publishing: you share, we take care

Open Access publishing: you share, we take care

Jaap van Dieën, Professor of Biomechanics, has been participating in the ‘You share, we take care’  project of the University Library since the beginning of 2019. ‘It's great that I no longer have to upload PDFs myself; the library now does this automatically.’ 

Read the full interview

How to make your scientific work as accessible as possible

Questions about 'You share, we take care'?

Please contact our Open Access specialist at the University Library!