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What do we mean by open access and why is it necessary?

Open access is free online access to scientific information. Open access ensures greater visibility and availability of own publications, with a positive impact on the number of citations. Some financiers require publications to be offered in open access.

Find out more about open access at the website of the university library.


What is the open access policy of Hasselt University?

Hasselt University shares an open access vision based on the 'green road' - the management of its own publication output in a repository. For this purpose, the Hasselt University institutional open access database, Documentserver@UHasselt,  is being promoted. The Board of Directors approved this open access policy on 12 April 2016. It entered into use on 1 October 2016.

Please click here to read more about the open access policy of Hasselt University.


What is expected of each author affiliated to Hasselt University?

Each Hasselt University author commits himself/herself to upload the original version of his/her peer-reviewed journal articles and proceedings papers in the DocumentServer@UHasselt. Submission is strongly encouraged for other publications as well. The University Library ensures maximum support.

Follow this link and find out what we expect from you as an Hasselt University affiliated author..


Frequently Asked Questions regarding open access

What is the difference between the 'green road' and the 'golden road'? What is the opinion of the Hasselt University on the 'golden road'? How do you know whether your publication can be made accessible in open access? There are more and more open access journals, how do you know which are the good ones? etc.

You will find the answers to all these and a range of other questions regarding open access at the website of the university library.


Useful links

Useful links to a number of important and interesting websites, sources and tools that provide you with additional information on all possible open access related topics can be found on the website of the university library.



The University Library wishes to fully support Hasselt University authors in submitting their publications in the institutional repository. In case you encounter problems or have specific questions, do not hesitate to contact us, either by e-mail open.access@uhasselt.be or by phone (011 / 26.81.25). We are happy to help!