Use of the new Open Access agreements with the publishers makes a difference
Tuesday 18 April 2023
This year's Open Access Indicator from the Ministry of Higher Education and Science shows that DTU has taken a step forward when it comes to Open Access publishing - publishing with free and unhindered online access.
The proportion of DTU publications published as Open Access has increased by approx. 3% to almost 77% - a somewhat higher increase than in previous years. DTU is thus still in the top three of the Danish universities in Open Access.
Publishing agreements with cost-free Open Access publishing
In recent years, Open Access publishing with no additional cost has been included in several of the agreements with the publishers concerning access to scientific literature that Universities Denmark negotiates on behalf of e.g., DTU.
The first Open Access agreement, with Elsevier, has run for two years now and we can see that it is well used. DTU researchers were corresponding authors on 306 articles under the Elsevier agreement in 2021. This has clearly added to the share of Open Access publications from DTU. The agreement with Elsevier covers articles submitted from 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2024.
Our second one-year-old agreement with Wiley covers accepted articles in the period 2 January 2022, to 31 December 2025. The agreements effect will not be seen until next year´s measurement. We can already now see that this agreement is also being used by DTU's researchers.
New Open Access agreements
This year, similar agreements have been made with both Springer and Institute of Physics (IOP). We hope that you will use these agreements and make your publications Open Access for the benefit of all stakeholders as well as to fulfil the requirements of the grantors.
The agreement with Springer covers Springer Compact and can be used for articles submitted from 21 March 2023 to 31 December 2026. The Nature journals are not part of the agreement with Springer. The agreement with IOP covers articles accepted from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2025.
Always remember to choose DTU as your institutional affiliation and use your corresponding DTU email-address when you want to publish under the Open Access conditions of the agreements.
The post-print version of an article becomes "automatically" Open Access when it is published in DTU Orbit and can, therefore, be counted in the national indicator. Some publishers allow such "parallel publication" of the post-print version (authors accepted manuscript) sometimes with an embargo period.
According to the national Open Access Indicator, DTU is missing 419 post-prints that could have been made Open Access through parallel publication in DTU Orbit.
Thus, it is still relevant that DTU's researchers send the post-print version of their scientific articles to DTU Library. We take care of registration in DTU Orbit and ensure that copyright and embargo periods for the publication are respected.
What do you get out of it? Visibility
The whole point of publishing the post-print version of your article is that we can make it available as Open Access. By having the post-print version uploaded to DTU Orbit, you ensure that your research is disseminated widely and benefits the research environments as quickly as possible. Your research will also be available to those who have not paid for access to the publisher version - the post-print is available to everyone free of charge.
Follow the Open Access figures - for DTU, departments, and sections
DTU Library monitors DTU's Open Access figures with data from DTU Orbit. We have integrated Open Access statistics for DTU publications, DTU Research Output Statistics, in DTU Findit. The statistics are designed to monitor and document inputs to the annual UMV statistics. Open Access statistics are updated every two weeks.
Find the Open Access statistics by logging into DTU Findit, select "Statistics" in the drop-down menu in your profile at the top right. Check "Show Open Access".
By default, the figures for the entire university are shown, but you can find the Open Access statistics for your department or section by selecting the drop-down menu next to “Technical University of Denmark”.
The statistics consist of three categories:
Open Access: publications that can be freely downloaded from DTU Orbit
Embargoed Open Access: publications under embargo
Closed: publications that are not affiliated with an OA-accessible or embargo-covered publisher version or post-print.
If you want to know which publications fall into a particular category, click on the red number. You then get an overview of all the publications. Please note that the DTU Findit overview is "live" and updated regularly - unlike the statistics report's figures, which are locked.
Questions about registration of research output and Open Access can be sent to email@example.com
National Strategy for Open Access
The National Strategy for Open Access published by the Ministry of Education and Research in 2018, dictates that Open Access must be implemented without significantly increasing the costs of publishing scientific results.
An evaluation of this strategy is underway and is expected to be completed before the end of 2023.