A brief introduction to open access

Open access – the simple story


Open access – the full story


Grants to cover the costs of an open access publication

Many research councils have grants to help fund the costs of open access publication.
Researchers in the Netherlands can apply for funding from NWO’s Incentive Fund Open Access.
In Germany, authors and co-authors can apply for funding from their university through the DFG’s Open-Access Publishing Programme.

Predatory open access journals
Open access is a great initiative. But like all good things it is open to abuse. Click here for Beall’s list of potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access journals. The site provides a highly respected and up-to-date critical analysis of open-access publishing.

Copyright and self-archiving policies of major peer-reviewed journals
The SHERPA/RoMEO listings provide detailed information about the copyright and self-archiving policies of the major publishers of peer-reviewed journals.

How to keep the copyright to your scientific paper but still publish
You do not have to give a publisher the copyright to your scientific paper. You can keep the copyright and give the journal a licence to publish your work. Then you are free to choose the journal you publish in but can still meet the obligation from a funding body  to make your peer-reviewed article available in an open-access repository.
Find out how here on the OpenAIRE website of the European Commission.

Horizon 2020 and open access
All publications from Horizon 2020-funded projects must be deposited in an open-access repository. Find out more here.


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