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Go green: be read

Go green: be read
Go green: be read

More than 6,000 times a day, publications by University of Groningen or UMCG authors are downloaded from the University’s research database Pure.

Want your research to be widely noticed?

Go green open access: Deposit your publications in the University’s research database Pure and make them freely accessible. The University of Groningen Library and the Central Medical Library handle all copyright and licensing issues for you.


Public access to publicly funded research

The annual publication corpus of academic staff of the University of Groningen currently amounts to some 8,000 scientific publications. Unfortunately, a vast majority of these publications is hidden behind a paywall. Only 39,000 publications of the total 218,000 publications are freely downloadable via the University’s website. Despite this low number of publicly accessible publications, on average 6,000 publications per day are downloaded by individual readers. If we could add full-texts for all other publications that are eligible for green open access, the daily amount of downloads would grow to a much larger number and a much larger readership could be reached.

Green open access and the VSNU ‘big deals’

Lately, many researchers from Dutch universities have started to benef from the open access deals made by the VSNU, which open up many journals for ‘gold’ open access publishing. But still only a minority of journals are involved in these deals, and it remains to be seen how financially sustainable they will be in the longer run. Therefore, archiving the final author’s version of your research publications in the institutional repository, which will in due course make them available in green open access, remains an important additional way of reaching a much larger readership.

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Last modified:20 September 2017 07.45 a.m.