International Open Access Week 2022

The theme for this year’s OA week is Open for Climate Justice: “Climate justice is an explicit acknowledgement that the climate crisis has far-reaching effects, and the impacts are ‘not be[ing] borne equally or fairly, between rich and poor, women and men, and older and younger generations”, as the UN notes.

Internationally, different life and online events are organised around the chosen theme. We will report later on some of the events. For more information and a complete overview of activities, visit the International Open Access Week website.

Open Access week in Maastricht

Open Access has been the default for research output at Maastricht for several years and is no longer an exclusive library theme. OA is part of the UM Open Science (OS) policy, and we are on our way to 100% open access.

As UM is about to roll out its updated OS policy and we give OA attention throughout the year – just last week at the Nutrim PhD Introduction Days and in early November, we will present the FAIR coffee lecture – we do not organise any significant events during OA week itself. Instead, the OA team is paying extra attention to updating the OA portal and adding new services and tools.

Through the OA portal, you will find all the info and support you need to publish and share research results. From setting up a publishing strategy, via (free) OA publishing using our APC deals to creating and sharing your own OA output. We also offer support in publishing an academic journal and publishing books through our OA book fund and the new Maastricht University Press.

Please let us know what information you think is missing via And if you have specific OA questions, please get in touch with us for support via Ask Your Librarian.

How Open Access are you?

OA is not just about publishing in an OA journal. Open Access touches on all forms of research output and research communication. So make sure you have a good starting position via the five steps below.


  1. Register, use and connect your ORCID with Pure
    ORCID stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID. It is a unique and persistent identifier, connecting you and your research activities throughout your career.
  2. Check our OA publishing checklist
    Check the actions to take during the successive steps of your research to use our APC discount arrangements and comply with funder requirements.
  3. Use our OA Journal Browser
    The UM Open Access Journal Browser contains all OA journals and the APC arrangements for UM and MUMC+ scholars.
  4. Sign up for Taverne
    Taverne (Dutch Copyright Law) makes it legal for the library to share your paywalled articles (Green OA) with the world via UM Research Information (Pure).
  5. Sign up for our OA Update
    Find all the essential OA updates for UM scholars periodically in your mailbox.

More information

Want to know more about our actions this week? And also stay up to date?
Then sign up for our OA Update to ensure you get all the need-to-know info in your mailbox periodically. Of course, next week, you will receive our themed newsletter about Open Access Week 2022.

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