Open Access

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Open access Publishing

Thanks to national agreements between the VSNU, the association of Universities in the Netherlands, and publishers, corresponding authors can now publish Open Access for free or at a discount in many journals. Most of these agreements concern subscription journals with an Open Access option.

Open Access for free: corresponding UT authors can publish OA for free in these 6600+ journals
Open Access publishing at a discount: corresponding UT authors can publish OA at a discount in these 1300+ journals and e-books
Dutch National Open Access website: how to publish OA for free or at a discount per publisher.

Open access explained on YouTube (8 min)

Open Science Fund University of Twente

The University of Twente provides a fund of  to stimulate Open Access publishing peer-reviewed Open Access journals and to make their research data sustainably accessible in a trusted repository.

To publish in Open Access Journals authors have to pay a fee ranging from € 500 to € 2500.
The Open Science Fund subsidizes part of the Article Processing Charges (APC's) for scientific articles that are being published in a peer-reviewed Open Access journal. The grant only applies to peer-reviewed OA journals registered in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). The grant does not apply to subscription based journals that offer to publish your article in an Open Access format at additional cost.

You are eligible for the OA publishing grant when your article meet all of these conditions

  • You are the corresponding author of the article.
  • The article will state "University of Twente" as your affiliation
  • The article will be published in a quality OA, peer-reviewed journal registered in the (DOAJ)
  • The OA grant is only available in the year that your article was accepted for publication
  • You can receive only one OA publishing grant per calendar year

This grant subsidizes 50% of the APC's and will be awarded on a 'first come, first served' basis. The grant is a reimbursement, so your research group will have to pay the publisher first.

Applications can be done by filling the enclosed form.
For questions and support on Open Access publishing, please contact Marga Koelen, head library ITC.

The Open Access Research data grant

The Open Science Fund subsidizes (part of) the cost of archiving static research data and making these sustainably accessible in a Trusted Repository. University of Twente researchers are advised to use 4TU.ResearchData for technical and natural sciences data storage, and DANS for social sciences and humanities data. Both individual researchers and research groups striving for sustainable access to research data are invited to apply.

You ar eligible for an OA Research data grant when all of these conditions are met:

  • For individual researchers: You were a UTwente employee when the research data were collected.
  • For research groups: Your research group is part of the UTwente.
  • You/your group strives for sustainable access to your (group’s) research data
  • Your static research data are archived and made sustainably accessible via a Trusted Repository, preferably 4TU.ResearchData or DANS
  • The data either belong to one or more publications, or the raw or edited data do not belong to one or more publications, but are important for verification, replication, or reuse.
  • You/your research group selected the data based on clearly described criteria, such as quality of the data, importance of verification/replication, and value for reuse. Besides data, descriptions, and documentation of datasets and, if necessary, the data-collection, data-generation or data-processing instruments are included in the selection.
  • Data, datasets, descriptions, documentation, and instruments are of good quality and meet legal and contractual requirements
  • Other funding possibilities are not available

This grant subsidizes up to €2,500.00 of the cost of making research data sustainably accessible and will be awarded on a ‘first come, first served’ basis

To apply for an OA research data grant from the Open Science Fund, please contact Marga Koelen, head library ITC.

Open access : Who's afraid of Peer Review? - October 2013

A spoof paper concocted by Science reveals little or no scrutiny at many open-access journals.
Read the full text of the article here  Also the "Building Blogs of Science" has an opinion on the matter
titled: Predatoromics of science communication.

Introduction to Open Access

Open Access (in line with the Budapest Open Access Initiative) can be defined as the free availability of research and scholarly outputs on the public internet permitting users to make any lawful and non-commercial use of the research material(s) without any legal, technical or financial barriers other than the acknowledgement of the right of the author(s).

We define open access journals as journals that use a funding/business model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access.

More and more funding bodies require that the results of funded research have to be made publicly available through digital repositories e.g. NWO, KNAW, EU etc.

One misunderstanding about Open Access is that citing Open Access resources is not necessary and that everybody can copy and paste everything without giving credits to the original author. Common practices in academic life have to be followed in the Open Access world as well.

Another misunderstanding is that there are no Open Access journals with an ISI status. On the ITC library website you will find a list with Open Access Journals. Unfortunately the amount of OA journals with Impact Factor is still not the same in every academic discipline but it is growing. One of the reasons is that the big publishers are still hesitant towards Open Access.

Most important to realize is that the intellectual freedom and freedom of science remains important. Research publications should be published based on quality and not because one institute has more money than another institute. It should not affect publication behavior of scientists in developing countries.

Predatory publishers are corrupting open access

Journals that exploit the author-pays model damage scholarly publishing and promote unethical behaviour by scientists, argues Jeffrey Beall. Jeffrey Beall is Scholarly Initiatives Librarian at the University of Colorado Denver.
With the start of open-access publishing also the predatory publishers came into existence.

An article in NATURE with the title “Predatory publishers are corrupting open access” is explaining what these predatory publishers are , what they do and why we have to be careful when we publish with these predatory publishers.

Open Educational Resources OER

From the Delft Technical University this list of Open Educational Resources is a great starting point for finding Open Access Educational Resources. After opening the pdf you can go to the individual websites via the icons with each item.

Open Access Textbooks and E-Books

a number of Open Textbook initiatives

Open Textbook Library
Open Textbook initiative American Institute of Mathematics 
College Open Textbooks

a number of Open E-Book initiatives

The National Academies Press (USA) : Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
InTech Open : multi disciplinary scientific literature
The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository : research and knowledge products on development.
UN Habitat : water and sanitation, the environment, urban management, land and housing, slums, women’s rights.
Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN: all FAO publications full text online
Directory of Open Access Books

Open Access Resources (Research and Publishing network) is a platform for scientific communication.
African Journals Online : Open Access section African Open Access journals
Bioline International : Open access to quality research journals published in developing countries.
Directory of Open Access journals :open access scientific journals that use a quality control system.
The Directory of Open Access Repositories – OpenDOAR : authoritative directory of academic open access repositories that gives a quality controlled list of repositories.
Medknow : Medknow Publications is a publisher for peer-reviewed, online/print+online journals in the area of STM.
CBS Open Data CBS Open Data is a Dutch database where (governmental) data can be downloaded and used.

Open Access Search Engines

OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) is a collaborative initiative to develop and implement a sustainable Open Access publication model for academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The OAPEN Library aims to improve the visibility and usability of high quality academic research by aggregating peer reviewed Open Access publications from across Europe.   

Oalib (Open Acces Library) is working on a new scholar search engine for all scholars worldwide. Without any registration, Open Access Library allows you free access to a database of over 263,385 openly accessible academic-articles, The ultimate goal of Open Access Library is to prompt academic exchange and advancement.




The Lecture by John Mackenzie Owen  titled : Open Access Promises and Pitfalls, at the occasion of the ITC 2010 symposium on Open Acces is still worth watching. ( 35 min) He is emiritus Professor of information Science at the University of Amsterdam.

Introduction : Open Access is a way to eliminate the cost of scientific publications for end-users and their institutions. Open Access could therefore lead to free access to information for all. However, there are many obstacles to achieving this goal, and the road to full open access is not free from pitfalls. In this presentation I shall briefly introduce the concept and background of Open Access, provide an overview of current developments, and discuss some of the major issues, both positive and negative. I shall put special emphasis on aspects that are relevant to developing countries as the possibly chief beneficiaries of Open Access in the long run. 



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