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Maastricht University

Maastricht University embraces the concepts of open access and open science to further strengthen the connections with our environment regionally, nationally and internationally.

Open Access also contributes to our international societal engagement. Open access publications can be used in education without any restrictions. Sharing research results under open-access arrangements is all about creating value for society at large.

The Executive Board is proud of the scholarship and science being conducted at our university. Of course, we want to share it with the world. The larger the audience, the greater the impact our work will have. Making research output Open Access empowers fair sharing of scientific evidence amongst all stakeholders contributing to the advancement of science and society. So, therefore, we call upon everyone: Open Up to Open Access!


Maastricht University Library

UM Library commits to the Maastricht University policy on Open Access and Open Access publishing. We are happy to advise and facilitate you.


Universal Open Access creates the rocket fuel that is essential to undertake cross-cutting investigations to accelerate scientific discovery, strengthen communities, and improve human health and well being.

Dr. Michel Dumontier - Distinguished Professor of Data Science at Maastricht University



For PhD candidates, the Dutch negotiations with publishers have made it possible to publish Open Access more easily and without costs. We do research in the public interest and are very excited to make our results freely accessible. By publishing Open Access, we can make our work more visible and thereby increase its impact!

UM PhD Candidates Platform 

UM PhD Candidates Platform members Marith Dieker (FASoS), Constantijn van Aartsen (FL), Bart Kleine Deters (FHS), Ulrike Thürheimer (SBE), Angela Mengelers (FHML), and Christine Resch (FPN). Far right, UM Rector Prof. dr. Rianne Letschert


Open Access


What is Open Access?
Open Access developments in the Netherlands
Pros and cons of Open Access
Troubled by misconceptions?
Look out for questionable OA publishers!
OA publishing channels
Types of Open Access: What to choose?
What are APCs?


Journals & publishers

OA journals and publisher policies

OA journals and publisher policies
How to select the right journal?
What about your copyright?

Open Access Netherlands

Check here if the journal allows Open Access articles for free

Information about all Dutch OA agreements with individual publishers can be found on 

For the current overview of journal titles with a nationwide Open Access discount: please use the button below to visit the UKB Journal Browser to discover the National and UM applicable agreements or visit the overview  compiled by SURFmarket. 


 UKB OA journal browser 


Individual publishers

Individual publishers free of charge

Check here UM agreements with individual publishers



Contact & Support

For questions or information on OA (advice, copyright, implementation, advocacy, etc.), use the web form below to contact OA consultant Coen van Laer (85110).

Contact OA consultant Coen van Laer


Releated services

Library services and pages related to Open Access


Releated news

Library news and events related to Open Access

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NWO ends Open Access Incentive Fund as of 1 January 2018

PLEASE NOTE: Until 1 January 2018, researchers will still have the opportunity to submit requests for these funds. Prior financial commitments made to the fund remain valid. ... Keep reading
Mindel van de Laar warmly welcomes Open Access

Mindel van de Laar warmly welcomes Open Access

Mindel van de Laar of the UNU-MERIT/Maastricht Graduate School of Governance warmly welcomes Open Access. Read the interview here ... Keep reading
Publications via Open Access available for all general practitioners

Publications via Open Access available for all general practitioners

Interview with Jean Muris, UM Professor of Family Medicine, on making materials available to GPs via Open Access: a viable solution, both from a cost-cutting and professionalism perspective ... Keep reading
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Open Up to Open Access: we introduce ten UM key proponents

Meet UM’s Open Access key proponents: as of today, you will find their posters and images on screens all over Maastricht University. These colleagues give you their personal statements on Open Access ... Keep reading

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