Open Access Policy

Open Access Policy

In its current form, the open access policy is limited to A1 publications, while other publications fall outside the scope for the time being. The policy applies to both the INBO and the INBO's own capital (EV INBO) in the case of publications in which our researchers are the initiators of the article (e.g. as first or last author).

What is Open Access?

Open Access (OA) is a broad international academic movement that strives for (cost-)free online access to scientific information, such as publications and data.

If everyone can read, download, copy, distribute, print, index, use the content in education, search in and search for it, or use it in any other way within the legal framework, the publication is called open access. There are no financial, legal or technical barriers to reading the information.

Why Open Access?

  • Scientific results are known more quickly and more widely = benefit for users and authors
  • Impulse for science, the knowledge economy and education
  • More just for publicly funded research
  • Long-term cost savings
  • More sustainable in the long term
  • Aarhus Convention (2001) on access to environmental information and public participation in environment-related decision-making
  • INBO has endorsed the Bouchout declaration (2014) that aims to promote free and open access to data and information about biodiversity.
  • Increasingly a requirement of research funds (EC, Horizon2020)


Why Open Access for INBO research?

By means of an open access policy, INBO aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Making INBO research output freely accessible to other stakeholders within policy, science or society
  • Making available to the public INBO research output paid by the public
  • Making INBO research output compliant with requirements of certain funds
  • Make INBO research output more visible in the context of policy, science and society.
  • Increasing transparency of INBO research
  • Increasing the number of citations and also in the likelihood of being cited

The INBO Open Access Policy

The policy applies to all A1 articles where an INBO/EV INBO researcher is the initiator of the research output (which usually translates as first or last author).

  • A researcher will select, on the basis of his or her research criteria, the journal in which he or she wishes to publish
    • INBO strongly recommends to include open-access magazines in this selection.
    • If a researcher chooses a subscription magazine, OA policy is subject to the following condition:
      • Green road OA for postprints within 2 years after publication must be allowed.
  • If a researcher opts for an open-access journal, OA policy will be subject to the following condition:
    • The magazine must be included in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
    • The magazine must allow publication under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license.
  • If the researcher publishes in a subscription magazine, he/she will deposit the article via green road OA:
    • Immediately after publication compulsory deposit in the institutional repository PURE
    • Deposit a minimum of postprinting and, if possible, publisher's version (no pre-prints)
    • PURE makes the article available in accordance with the publisher's conditions (e.g. after embargo).
  • If the researcher publishes in an OA magazine, the OA cost can be borne by INBO.
    • a budget has been set aside for article processing charges (APC) that can be deployed throughout the organisation, flexibly and with responsibility for the research teams
    • Immediately after publication compulsory deposit in PURE
  • There is no financial contribution from the INBO or EV INBO for hybrid OA.
  • There is (pro)active support of researchers from the library and the data management team on OA policies.

This page is published under a Creative Commons Attribution license. You can cite it as: Goossens B, Desmet P, Du Seuil D (2017) Open Access Policy. Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek (INBO).


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