Maastricht University promotes and facilitates Open Access publishing as part of her Open Science policy to further strengthen the connections with our environment regionally, nationally and internationally. Therefore Maastricht University requests all researchers to make their publications Open Access, either by publishing in an Open Access journal or depositing the work in the institutional repository (Pure).

The Maastricht University Library’s research support team informs and advises you on everything related to Open Access and Open Science in a broader sense. Feel free to contact us. If you are looking for information on Open Data and Research Data Management, please visit our RDM portal first.

Publishing Open Access

Open Access publishing with a publisher can entail a publication fee (APC, on average € 2,000). Publishing costs are considered research costs. We have no central publishing budget at the University Library.

You can overcome publishing costs early by including these costs when applying for a research grant. Or you can also choose to publish in a journal that does not charge APCs (see Directory of Open Access Journals).

Publisher Deals

The University Library has already covered the publication fees for most journals of renowned publishers in so-called Publisher Deals. UM and MUMC researchers can publish Open Access with these journals free of charge (discount available).

Authors are responsible for making financial arrangements to cover the costs of OA publication in journals that are not part of these agreements. From their research budget or faculty, for example.

Open Access policy

All short scientific works published by Maastricht University researchers, not directly published OA via a publisher, can automatically be made publicly available through the Institutional Repository and the UM/MUMC Research Information portal in the publisher’s version after a 6-month embargo. This policy is based on Article 25fa of the Dutch Copyright Act (Taverne Amendment).

Authors are advised to opt-in (once) for the University Library’s Green Open Access service: You share, we take care.

More information

For more information contact the Open Access team