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You share, we take care! (Taverne) | Open Access

Sometimes you can’t publish an article Open Access. Maybe you forgot or couldn’t afford it. Whatever the reason, the Dutch Copyright Act (Taverne amendment) allows you to share your paywalled articles and make them accessible to the world.

And even better. The University Library does this for you! You only need to send in the consent form and from that moment on, the library will ensure that the full text (PDF) of your past and future paywalled publications that are registered in Pure are disclosed correctly via Maastricht University | MUMC+ Research Publications, 6 months after publication. And from there with all the major indexes and search engines. And if you want to make an exception for certain titles, just let us know.

1. You share

You can now legally share your publications with the world. Even if they are published behind a paywall.


2. Opt-in for Taverne

All you have to do is opt-in for the VSNU initiative “You share, We take care!”.

3. We take care

Maastricht University Library takes care of sharing your publications registered in Pure with the world on your behalf.

About the “You share, we take care” initiative


The ambition of Maastricht University and other Dutch universities is to achieve 100% open access to publicly funded research results. Agreements have been made with many large publishers about the costs and discounts. So today, UM and MUMC+ scholars receive a 100% discount on the APC from many publishers and journals.

Unfortunately, open access is not always possible. However, Dutch copyright law offers an alternative to share paywalled publications resulting from Dutch research.

When a publication is a result of research that has been (partly) financed by Dutch public funds, the Dutch Copyright Act allows authors to share short scholarly works (e.g. articles, conference papers & book chapters) free of charge regardless of any publishers’ guidelines.

The Taverne Amendment in practice


VSNU and the Dutch universities decided to give open access a boost by implementing the Taverne Amendment as “You share, we take care!” in 2019. Based on the Taverne Amendment, the publishers’ versions of short scientific works can be shared via the university repository. To act on behalf of each scholar, we need you to opt-in for this service by submitting the consent form.

After sending in the consent form, the library will start monitoring your publications registered in Pure and published behind a paywall. If an article falls within the scope of Taverne, we will add a PDF of the published version to the Pure repository and disclose the article 6 months after online publication via UM Research Publications (Pure). We also will add and disclose the PDFs of previous paywalled articles you published during your employment at UM.


More information and questions


For more information, see the FAQ section.


Want to participate?


If you are interested in participating in “You share, We take care!” (aka Taverne), start sharing, and we’ll take care of the rest.

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Click the button to go straight to the consent form in the UM Intranet. We will use your Intranet user information when you sign the form.

FAQ – You share, We take care

Why should I make my publications Open Access?

The general idea is that results of research that was (partly) funded with public money, should be (at least) accessible to the public.

As a scholar working at Maastricht University, you are expected to take every opportunity to share [your] knowledge and experience by means of Open Access. Together, we are working towards 100% OA.

Analyses have shown that OA publications attract significantly more academic and social attention than publications ‘behind a paywall’. You will be able to reach a wide audience more quickly!

Why do I have to sign an online agreement?

Dutch Copyright Law grants you a personal right to publish your work Open Access. The library needs your permission to publish your work for you.

When you leave Maastricht University, the license ends, but all your publications disclosed during your employment at UM stay in UM Research Publications (Pure).

The online agreement also warrants full legal backing (see other FAQ). You can use this UM Intranet form to give permission. You can at any time exclude publications from the Open Access permission using this UM Intranet exclusion form.

Do I need permission from my co-authors?

No, Dutch law gives you a right to share your work Open Access irrespective of the rights of co-authors.

Of course, it is polite to inform co-authors that the work has been made public. They may also want to participate and share their other closed publications.

What is article 25fa Dutch Copyright Act (Auteurswet)?

Article 25fa is an amendment to Dutch copyright that was passed in 2015, also known as the Taverne amendment.

The law grants individual researchers a personal right to share their short scientific works irrespective of the right of publishers and/or co-authors. The publicly shared research should be at least partially funded by Dutch public funding.

The verbatim text of article 25fa Dutch Copyright Act (Auteurswet):

‘The author of a short scientific work funded either wholly or partially by Dutch public funds is entitled to make that work publicly available 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.’


What is the VSNU guideline?

The guideline is an implementation of section 25fa of Dutch copyright law.

The text of article 25fa Dutch copyright is at some points vague and needed clarification for functional purposes. In 2019 all Dutch universities participated in a successful pilot to test practical guideline for this law. Publications of hundreds of researchers have been made available using these guidelines, without any legal objections from publishers.

The guideline is officially approved and sanctioned by The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU). Employees of Dutch Universities can use the direction to publish their work in any non-commercial repository or on their website. VSNU has approved the guidelines and has pledged a guarantee for full legal backing for all researchers at Dutch Universities who publish according to these guidelines.

Maastricht University Library will use the conditions of the guideline to publish your work in UM Research Publications for the ‘You share. We take care!’ initiative.

VSNU guideline:


  1. The work will be shared in its definitive, published version (VoR).
  2. A reasonable period of time‘ will be uniformly interpreted as six months, regardless of discipline.
  3. First publication’ is the date on which the published version first becomes available online.
  4. Short scientific work‘ includes journal articles, as well as conference papers and individual chapters in ‘edited collections’. It does not include monographs or chapters of monographs.
  5. Applies regardless if a publisher appeals to foreign law and/or only a (small) fraction of the co-authors has been funded by Dutch public funds. The inclusion of a researcher as a co-author is apparent evidence that his or her contribution is of substantial value to the final product.


Are there any legal guarantees in case a publisher objects?

The legal basis of the guideline was thoroughly researched and tested in a nationwide pilot. No legal objections were raised by any publisher. However, in case a publisher should object, Maastricht University guarantees full legal backing.

In the event of an objection, the publisher (or another party) will address the sharing platform, ie UM Research Publications. Should the publisher address you personally, it is important to notify us as soon as possible.


What about the contract I signed with a publisher?

Dutch law gives you the right to share your own work Open Access irrespective of the rights you agreed on with a publisher.

This particular section of Dutch law takes precedence over any contract you signed and takes precedence over foreign law.


Which version of the article will be used ?

The publisher’s version PDF (Version of Record – VoR) will be uploaded to UM Research Publications (Pure) with a clear reference to the source publication.

By using the Version of Record and correct reference to the source we ensure correct citation.

The Version of Record will be presented with a link for easy sharing on for instance Research Gate or social media.

Can I use the VSNU guidelines to share my publications on Research Gate or Academia?

No, we advise against posting publishers versions PDF’s on Research Gate or Academia.

Research Gate and Academia are commercial organisations. The law only allows you to share your work for no consideration, sharing through a commercial organisation is therefore not allowed. You can, however, post a link to the publication reference page on UM Research Publications, or to the publisher’s version PDF in UM Research Publications.


Do my publications meet Plan S requirements when published with the Art. 25fa VSNU guidelines?

No, if you receive Plan S funding you are required to retain your copyright, and publish without any embargo under a CC-BY license. This cannot be achieved with art. 25fa.

Plan S requires that all publications resulting from research that is funded by funders participating in cOAlition S will be published Open Access. In the Netherlands, the Dutch Research Council (NWO), including ZonMW, are participating in Coalition S and will implement Plan S from 2021 onwards.

However, a substantial amount of research at Dutch universities is not Plan S funded and can be shared using the guidelines if not published Open Access via a publisher.

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