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Open Access Publishing & Copyright

Leiden University policy requires researchers to make all their Leiden-affiliated peer-reviewed articles available.

Open Access publishing

Leiden University has an Open Access policy. Our policy requires researchers at Leiden University to make all their Leiden-affiliated peer-reviewed articles available via LUCRIS and Scholarly Publications.

Open Access provides free online availability of research output without restrictions. Open Access increases the visibility of a publication enormously. Leiden University also has numerous deals with publishers that will offer our submitting corresponding authors Open Access without additional costs and guarantee high quality. When the publications have been issued in Open Access by the publisher, you can easily make a straightforward upload to Scholarly Publications. When the publications have not been issued in Open Access, in almost all cases, you can use the Leiden University Open Access policy based on Article 25fa of the Dutch Copyright Act (‘Taverne Amendment’). This article allows researchers with an employment agreement with Leiden University to share their Leiden-affiliated short academic and professional publications six months after online publication, regardless of any guidelines set by publishers. External PhDs without an employment agreement can only use this policy after contacting the Open Access team. If you need more information or need help choosing and deciding, please visit our trainings, website or contact the Open Access team at the Centre for Digital Scholarship.


Leiden University has a Copyright Information Office. A lot of information on its website is meant for PhDs who teach. What are the copyright rules and pitfalls concerning using the electronic learning environment Brightspace, tools such as FeedbackFruits, making web lectures available to students and copyright on teaching materials? It also contains information applicable to all PhDs, such as copyright for authors and copyright regarding your PhD thesis. If you need more information, wish to attend a training, or need help reviewing a contract with your publisher, contact the CDS Copyright Expert at auteursrecht@library.leidenuniv.nl

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