Publishing in Open Access

Erasmus University and an increasing number of research sponsors require research results to be made available in Open Access. Following these steps will ensure that you comply with their requirements.

Step 1: Establish the requirements of employer and/or research funder

The official policy of Erasmus University is to have all scholarly articles registered in Metis and made available in Open Access via the institutional repository RePub. In addition sponsors of your research effort can have their own requirements regarding Open Access. Make sure you gather all necessary information to prevent surprises and unforeseen costs.

Step 2: Select the most appropriate journal

Obvisously you will do this primarily on the basis of your professional and scholarly assessment. But do take the Open Access policy of the journal of your choice into consideration, as well as:

  • Differences in Article Processing Charges: the average APC’s are circa 2000 €.
  • Ownership of Copyright: Gold Open Access publishing imply that there is no transfer of copyright. Everyone has immediate and free access to your article and you can do with the article as you see fit.
  • Choices:
    • Using a 100% Gold Open Access journal means that you have to make sure the APC’s are covered the moment you submit an article.
    • Using a ‘hybrid’ journal means that you can decide upon acceptance whether you will pay the APC’s or deposit the manuscript in the repository (“Green self-archiving”) 

Step 3: Check whether the Article Processing Charges (APC’s) are covered

The Association of Universities in The Netherlands (VSNU) has contracts with many important publishers. These contracts arrange for the payment of Article Processing Charges. Always check the Erasmus Journal Browser to see whether the journal you want to use is covered by one of these ‘big deals’. Thus you will prevent incurring unnecessary costs, but you will also not miss a chance to publish in Open Access “for free”.

If APC’s are not covered by other resources or subsidies, you can ask for support from the library’s Erasmus Open Access Fund.

Step 4:  Make your choice: pay or “go (free) Green”

Your choice can depend on a variety of parameters. For example: it can be important to have an article available in Open Access without any delay, because you are applying for a grant and want to refer reviewers to the article.

More information
For more information contact Hans Brandhorst and Leonidas Pakos via: openaccess.library@eur.nl