Connecting and unlocking knowlegde

“Ideas originate through inspiration and often also by coincidences. Therefore sparring with fell
ow scientists and experts within own field and beyond will get you further. Whether you are a lecturer, student or researcher. Sharing your findings and insights will again get others further. Scientific journals were originally set up as a way to wider spread private correspondence between scientists. This is what open access is all about – access to and reuse of existing relevant knowledge. In the Netherlands we, as knowledge institutions, are in a privileged position  – via subscriptions knowledge is made available in journals for academic staff and students. And everything they produce themselves, finds its way along the same fenced off road. We want to remove these barriers through our open access policy. Everyone has the right to advance on the basis of available knowledge, especially when this knowledge has been achieved with the support of public funds.”


Wilma van Wezenbeek Director TU Delft Library & Project manager Open Access VSNU

“Sharing your findings and insights will get others further.”

Opening the road to Open Access

TU Delft fully underwrites the importance of sharing scientific results as widely as possible amongst fellow scientists, experts, and interested parties outside the academic world. This form of publishing is what we call ‘open access’; free and unlimited access to scientific information. It has become a widely accepted way of sharing knowledge by scientists, policy makers, politicians, financiers such as NWO and the European Union and the universities themselves. TU Delft has had an open access policy since May 2015 to stress the importance of ‘open access’. Statistics show a clear upward trend of open access articles published. The aim is to have 60% open access articles by TU Delft in the year 2018. This is in line with the national ambitions.


The principles of open access create a shift of financial expenses from end users, the readership, to authors, libraries and scientific funds. One way or another you still need money to publish and disseminate scientific information. TU Delft wants to charge researchers and their departments as little as possible.

How are open access costs for researchers paid for?

Financiers such as H2020 and NWO require that researchers share their results in an open access publication. Part of the research funds will have to be reserved for that.

TU Delft has bought out a lot of open access costs at publishing houses. This is arranged on a national level as part of VSNU agreements or directly between TU Delft and publishers.

For nearly 8,000 journals open access agreements have been arranged in such a way. TU Delft researchers can usually publish open access in these journals with a 100% discount. The past 2.5 years 1,000 TU Delft articles were financed. A great result, but there is room for improvement, as not all options are being optimally used.

Besides collective agreements with publishers TU Delft also has its own open access fund. The fund has already sponsored 380 publications. Researchers can apply for funding on an individual basis. The main condition is that the article must be published in a journal with an open access business model.
Getting open access funding step by step



More information:

Wilma van Wezenbeek –
On Open Access Funding:  Just de Leeuwe –

Author: Just de Leeuwe

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