Taverne: an extra boost for open access

Updated on 24 Sep 2020 | Published on 31 Jan 2019

Today, 31 January 2019, VSNU launched the national pilot project “You share, we take care”. The goal of the project is to give open access another boost by making paywalled publications publicly available six months after publication.

Maastricht University is one of the participating partners in this VSNU project.

The ambition of the Netherlands is to achieve 100% open access by 2020. So far, Dutch universities have made agreements with large publishers about open access publishing. Unfortunately, this is not always possible for all types of publications and journals. Dutch copyright law offers an alternative. Article 25fa of the Copyright Act (Taverne Amendment) allows researchers to publicly share short pieces of scientific work (e.g. articles & book chapters), regardless of any restrictive publishers’ guidelines.


Taverne Amendment

The creator of a short piece of scientific work, based on research paid for in whole or in part by Dutch public funds, shall be entitled to make this work available to the public for no consideration after a reasonable period of time upon first publication, provided that clear reference is given to the original source/publication.

In order to implement this amendment, Dutch universities have decided to start 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 (Pure) if the researcher asks for this.


Taverne Flyer


Conditions for participation

A university library can make your publication available in the institutional repository. The shortened embargo period allowing publication after six months applies under the following conditions:

  • The publication is funded wholly or partly by Dutch public funds
  • The author(s) hold/holds a contract of employment with one of the institutes participating in the pilot; the creator can be both author and co-author
  • 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?

  • At Maastricht University every faculty will approach selected researchers for their participation. If you have not been approached yet, but still want to participate in the pilot, contact Ron Aardening of the library to discuss the possibilities.
  • The university library will verify all conditions with you and will provide additional information on how to make the publication(s) available in our institutional repository (Pure)
  • Your publication is made available in our repository and can be shared freely with researchers and public audiences around the world
  • Should you at any time receive questions, for example from your publisher, the university will reply in your name


The pilot starts today and has a duration of six months.


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