Open Access

Wageningen UR stimulates authors to publish according to the Open Access Principle. On 10 May 2005, the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge was signed by the board of Wageningen UR.

In its mission of disseminating scientific knowledge, Wageningen UR aims to make as much publications as possible open access via the institutional repository Wageningen Yield. This is a database in which all publications by Wageningen authors are described. Wageningen UR does not oblige authors to publish in Open Access journals, because in the choice of journal impact prevails over open access.

The Cost of Open Access

More and more scientific publications are becoming available in Open Access. Wageningen UR is one of the frontrunners within the Netherlands in this area. However, Open Access is not necessarily synonymous with "free". Where production costs and dissemination in the classical publication model are billed to the user, i.e. the Library, these costs in the Open Access model are mainly borne by the authors and producing institutions. The costs for production, review and dissemination are charged when the article is accepted.

Look out for predatory publishers

So-called “predatory publishers" want to get their piece of the successful Open Access journals. Some OA journals are financed by author contributions that are charged when an article is accepted. PloS and BioMedCentral are examples of publishers that have successfully tested and applied this model.
Several dubious publishers are trying to exploit this model without delivering scientific quality. They are publishing articles without adequate peer review and are filling their journals' editorial boards with renowned names in the research field without the researcher's knowledge. If you receive emails from an unknown publisher to publish with them, check to see if they’re on Beall's list of predatory publishers.