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Open Access: 96.4% of all VU publications in journals

27 May 2024
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam continues its upward trend in Open Access publishing. From 84.6% in 2021 and 94.2% in 2022, the number rose to 96.4% of all VU publications in 2023. The percentages for 2017-2021 also received a boost as older articles were simultaneously made openly accessible. Open Access articles are read approximately twice as often as articles behind a paywall.

The increase in 2023 is primarily due to the share of 'gold open access,' in which articles are published as Open Access after a fee is paid by the author, the university or the research funder.

Towards 100% Open Access
The increase in the share of Open Access publications from previous years—by an average of 9.75 percentage points!—is due to the VU Open Access policy, which aims to make as many existing and new publications as openly accessible as possible. After six months behind a paywall, the University Library makes publications openly accessible via the VU Research Portal, a method known as the 'green route.' For more information about VU's Open Access policy and the gold, diamond, and green 'routes,' visit

But what about the books?
With nearly all articles becoming openly accessible, where do the biggest challenges lie? According to Anne van den Maagdenberg, Open Access Librarian at the University Library, there is still much to be gained in making books openly accessible. Does she have any tips for researchers who want to publish their books Open Access? "My first advice: look for a Diamond Open Access book publisher. With these publishers, you don’t have to pay to make your work open. A good place to start would be the list of publishers we have supported with the VU Open Access Innovation Fund."

Why open?
Making publications openly accessible is an important aspect of the move towards Open Science. The principles of Open Science are widely supported globally and are also reflected in open publishing. Making your scientific work available through Open Access has several advantages:

  • It ensures equal access to knowledge for everyone.
  • It broadens the visibility and impact of your work.
  • It accelerates the reuse of your work, thereby promoting innovation.
  • It increases transparency and builds trust in science.

Towards 100% Open Access

Towards 100% Open Access

The implementation of an official VU Open Access policy as of 1 January, 2023, made it possible to retrospectively make publications from previous years openly accessible. As a result, an average of 9.75 percentage points more publications became freely available each year. 

Questions about Open Access publishing?

Please contact the Open Access team at the University Library!


Profile photo of Open Access librarian Anne van den Maagdenberg