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Open access and the University of Groningen and the UMCG

Open access news

Open access is one of the University of Groningen’s strategic focus areas. For the University of Groningen and the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) it is very important that research results, particularly if the research has been publicly funded, are freely available to the public. This is why the University of Groningen and the UMCG encourage open access publishing.

This is in keeping with both national and international policy. In November 2013, State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science Sander Dekker announced his policy on open access in a letter to the Lower House (in dutch). In this letter he states that research which is funded with public money must be accessible to everyone. The European Commission also regards open access to publications as a matter of great importance, as is shown for example by the fact that the EU sometimes makes research funding conditional on open access publication of the results.

The  Board of the University and the Board of Directors of the UMCG thus decided to ask researchers to deposit the final author’s version of their peer-reviewed article in the University’s research database Pure from 1 January 2017 on.

On these pages you will find information on open access in general, the various forms of open access, what you can do yourself, and how the library can help you.

Attention:  there are also some unscrupulous publishers who offer options for open access publication.

Last modified:05 September 2017 10.31 a.m.
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