Since 2015, an amendment to Dutch Copyright Act, the Taverne Amendment, allows authors of scientific publications to make their work available free of charge regardless of any restrictive guidelines from publishers.
The Dutch university libraries and the UNL have established concrete guidelines to bring Taverne in practice:
The work will be shared in its definitive, published version.
A 'reasonable period' is considered to be six months after the work was first made available online.
The amendment applies to articles, conference papers and chapters in edited collections describing research performed at Dutch Universities.
The principles apply to all academic researchers, corresponding authors and co-authors, and is irrespective of how copyright may have been arranged and/or transferred.
To make it easier to provide Open Access to publications, TU/e facilitates researchers in exercising the legal right to share and automatically provides access to eligible publications, as established in the TU/e Open Access Regulation.
If you have compelling reasons for not wanting to share your publications on the basis of the Open Access Regulation, you can request an opt-out, stating a motivation. If your request is approved, TU/e still expects you to make your publication Open Access.
In case your TU/e employment ended before 1 May 2023, your publications will not automatically be made Open Access, unless you request the library to apply the Taverne Amendment to your publications that are available in Pure.
If you have any questions about the regulation or receive queries from publishers or co-authors, please check the FAQ on this regulation or contact the Open Access helpdesk.
Please note, Open Access via the Taverne amendment is not sufficient to meet the terms of Plan S-funded research. Both timing and publication license do not match the requirements of Plan S funders. If you want advice on how to comply with Plan S Open Access requirements, please check our information on funder requirements or get in touch with the Open Access helpdesk.