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Open access: what and why?

The objective of open access is to provide free online access to academic/scientific information. When you make your work available in open access you maximize the availability and accessibility of your own publications resulting in a positive impact on the number of citations. Some research funds now request or even mandate to make research available in open access for full exposure. 

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What is the open access policy of Hasselt University?

Hasselt University supports an open access vision based on the 'green road', whereby an institution’s own publication output is managed in a repository. UHasselt promotes its own open access database, Document Server@UHasselt, for this purpose. The Board of Governors approved this open access policy on April 12, 2016. The implementation starts on October 1, 2016.

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What is expected of each UHasselt author?

Each UHasselt author is expected to upload the author’s version of her/his peer-reviewed publications from journals and proceedings in the Document Server@UHasselt. The uploading of other publications is strongly encouraged. Hasselt University Library will lend UHasselt authors its full support.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions and answers: What is the difference between the 'green road' and the 'golden road'? What is the UHasselt policy concerning 'gold open access'? Will you still be able to publish in a journal of your choice? An increasing number of open access journals is available; how can you know which ones are good? etc.

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Useful links

Useful links to a number of important and interesting websites, resources and tools that can provide additional information about all possible open access related topics. 

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Contact information

Hasselt University Library lends UHasselt authors its full support in uploading their publications to the institutional repository. Do you have a specific question or do you experience some problems? We are ready to help you! You can always contact the University Library for assistance (email: open.access@uhasselt.be - tel: 011/26.81.25).

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