Open Access policy at Aarhus University

Open Access Policy at Aarhus University

Aarhus University supports the idea of the national Open Access strategy and strives to create free access for all citizens, researchers and companies to research publications produced as part of research conducted at AU. The University's researchers are encouraged to ensure that the public has unrestricted digital access to peer-reviewed research articles.

Research freedom, and an absolute assurance of quality, still apply. AU's policy on OA or the ambitious goals of the national strategy do not, therefore, place restrictions on the individual researcher's free choice of publication channel.

This has the following implications for the University’s researchers:

That peer-reviewed research articles and, as far as possible, other research publications, are archived as a full-text version in Pure, together with a link to any simultaneous archiving in another academic archive on the Internet, stating whether this is an Open Access version of the publication, and any embargo period details.

Aarhus University has chosen the so-called "green path" within Open Access (OA)

This means that, as a researcher at AU, in parallel with your usual publication, you archive a version of your research publication in Pure and/or a subject-specific repository. This version is often the accepted manuscript. The archived version will thus be freely accessible to anyone interested. Read more about Green Open Access.

AU Library assists with the practical work regarding Open Access (Open Access enrichment).

Read more about the various routes to Open Access and how to publish via Open Access.

The importance of Open Access for you and for AU

Open Access (OA) ensures a greater dissemination of your research. Your publications will be read by a greater number, and a greater diversity, of people as OA does not, for example, require a subscription to a journal or payment for e-book access.

New readers could, for example, be researchers outside the established research environments, including researchers from third-world countries, general practitioners, lawyers, employees in private companies, higher-education teachers, politicians, journalists and private individuals.

Your research will thus become more visible, and you also contribute to making research at Aarhus University more visible.

There are also many foundations and research councils that recommend, or stipulate as a condition for the allocation of research funding, that research results be made available via Open Access.

Read more about the benefits of Open Access and how foundations regard Open Access.

Find out more about Open Access

Make your publication accessible via Open Access in Pure

Contact AU Library’s Open Access support

If you have any questions about Open Access, you are very welcome to contact AU Library's Open Access support: