Taverne pilot

Open Access @UM

Taverne pilot: You share, we take care!

 

The ambition of the Netherlands and Maastricht University is to achieve 100% open access by 2020. Agreements have been made with many publishers about open access publishing. Unfortunately, this is not possible for all types of publications or journals. However, Dutch copyright law offers an alternative.

Article 25fa of the Copyright Act (Taverne Amendment) allows researchers to share short scientific works (e.g. articles & book chapters), regardless of any restrictive publishers’ guidelines.

 

Taverne amendment

The maker of a short scientific work, the research for which has been paid for in whole or in part by Dutch public funds, shall be entitled to make that work available to the public for no consideration following a reasonable period of time after the work was first published, provided that clear reference is made to the source of the first publication of the work.

The Dutch universities have decided to give open access an extra boost from 2019 by starting a pilot. On the basis of the Taverne Amendment, the publishers’ versions of short scientific works can be made available after six months via the university repository. It is important that the researcher explicitly asks for this.

Conditions for participation

The university library can make your publication(s) available in the repository (Pure, UM Research Publications). The period of publication after six months applies under the following conditions:

  • The publication is funded wholly or partly with Dutch public funds.
  • The maker(s) has/have an employment contract with Maastricht University; the makers can be both authors and co-authors.
  • It is a short scientific work; this has the length of a scientific article or book chapter in an edited collection.
How does it work?
  • Contact your Open Access officer Ron Aardening if you want to participate.
  • We will verify the conditions with you and provide additional information to make your publication(s) available in the repository.
  • Your publication(s) or other short scientific work is made available in the repository and can now be shared freely with scholars and audiences around the world.
  • If you receive questions at any time, for example from the publisher, the university will reply in your name.

The pilot started on 31 January 2019 and will run for at least six months. The results are then evaluated and it is decided whether Taverne will become part of the Open Access policy of Dutch universities,

Taverne Q&A for authors

Why participate in the pilot?

The amendment provides an easy way of sharing your work quickly. This means your work will be available sooner to a broad audience, potentially increasing the attention it receives and its impact.

It can also be a simple way of meeting the requirements of a funder.

Finally, it will contribute to the mutual objective of the Dutch universities of making all academic work available via open access by 2020.

Which version of the article will be used in the pilot?

This will be the published version since this is the one that has been ‘made public’.

This will increase the chance of correct citations (not of the author’s version), while university libraries can simply include the work in the repository whether or not the researcher has access to the correct version (especially if he or she is a co-author).

This makes it easier for researchers to share work without the need to take additional administrative steps.

What are the conditions for the publication to be eligible for participation in the pilot?

The period of publication after six months applies under the following conditions:

  • The publication is funded wholly or partly with Dutch public funds.
  • The maker(s) has/have an employment contract with an institution participating in the pilot; the makers can be both authors and co-authors.
  • It is a short scientific work; this has the length of a scientific article or book chapter in an edited collection.
May I share my work if the publisher has established an embargo period longer that six months?

The provision applies if the research the work is based on was funded wholly or partly with Dutch public funds and if the work meets the other requirements of the Taverne Amendment.

This overrules any requirements a publisher may have, contractual or otherwise. If this applies prior to the end of the embargo period, you may indeed share the work sooner.

If I publish with an international publisher, can I still participate in the pilot?

Yes, you can, if you meet the established pilot conditions set out above.

The majority of the publications of researchers at Dutch universities are published by international publishers. They may perhaps attempt to invoke foreign law, but the Dutch universities assume that Dutch law will prevail.

Where can I turn if my publisher has questions?

Your publisher might have questions about the pilot or could ask you to remove your article from the institution’s repository.

In that case, please contact us immediately. We can provide further information on subsequent steps and/or determine how the university should respond to the publisher in question, so you will not have to do so yourself.

If I participate in the pilot, will I be meeting my funder's requirements?

That depends on your funder’s requirements.

If the funder demands immediate open access, participation will not suffice. If the funder agrees to a six-month embargo period or longer, you will meet the requirements.

If I participate in the pilot, will all my articles be shared or only the most recently published one?

You can decide in consultation with us. We will provide a list of eligible publications and you choose the ones to share.

Why doesn't the library transfer the published version of my article to the repository automatically after six months?

The Taverne Amendment regards a personal right.

You must give the university (library) permission by signing a model licence. In addition, you can indicate whether this concerns your most recently published article or all of them.

How can I get more information on participating in the pilot and its background?

For more information about Taverne and the pilot “You share, we take care”, please contact Scholarly Communications & Publishing Officer Ron Aardening.

 

Ron Aardening

Ron Aardening

Scholarly Communications & Publishing Officer
06 2222 7136 | (043) 38 85100
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Ron Aardening

Scholarly Communications & Publishing Officer
06 2222 7136 | (043) 38 85100
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