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Aalborg university's open access policy

Aalborg University's Executive Management has decided to implement an Open Access policy which will apply to all scientific and academic literature at AAU. This will encourage researchers at AAU to work in favour of free and open access to the University’s research.

Aalborg University has signed the Berlin Declaration and backs up the recommendations made by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation regarding Open Access. AAU endorses the Open Access initiative aimed at increasing effective dissemination and visibility of the University's research.

  • AAU researchers are publishing top quality research and aiming at publishing through the most recognised publishing channels
  • AAU wants to provide free access to the University's research publications without financial, legal or technical limitations.
  • It is recommended that researchers publish in Open Access journals, provided these are of the same standard as the other recognised journals within the academic field.
  • If publishing in an Open Access journal is not an option, the researcher should choose a journal which allows parallel publishing in VBN
  • Researchers who transfer their publishing rights should, as a minimum, retain the right to parallel publish in VBN
  • AAU wants a full text of all the publications to be published in VBN
  • When a researcher uploads a full text to VBN, copyright will remain with the author/authors

The policy was drawn up in cooperation between the Executive Management, AAU's Open Access Committee and the VBN editors.

The VBN editors are responsible for the Open Access Initiative at Aalborg University and are committed to the development and operation of the initiative. The VBN editors are also responsible for providing advice and guidance on Open Access issues to university research environments.

Contact the VBN editorial office via our shared mail: vbn@aub.aau.dk

Aalborg University's open access committee

AAU's Open Access Committee was appointed by the Executive Management and established with a representative from each faculty, nominated by the deans, as well as two representatives from the VBN editors. The Open Access policy was drawn up in cooperation between the Executive Management and Open Access Committee, which has the following members:

Lars Bo Langsted, professor at the Department of Law under the Faculty of Social Sciences.

“Open Access is a self-service facility. Knowledge sharing should be a matter of course, and while my research is readily accessible, I also have easy and quick access to that of fellow researchers. This is possible without compromising academic quality.”

Jakob Stoustrup, professor at the Department of Electronic Systems at The Faculty of Engineering and Science.

"Academic articles are written by academics for academics. They are peer-reviewed by several scholars. Articles are handled by academics, decisions concerning publication are made by academics for journals edited by academics. If the articles are then not made freely available to all academics and others who are interested in their results, this is a serious system failure.”

Thomas Ryberg, associate professor of the Department of Communication and Psychology at the Faculty of Humanities.

"Open Access is an important step in the democratisation of access to research. This applies both to the general public, but is particularly important for researchers in a global perspective; not all countries have the financial capacity to obtain access to the most recent research results. However, this physical access to material should also be accompanied by access to the networks, environments, dialogues and scientific processes in which knowledge is actively created among researchers. "

Else Ramsgaard, librarian at the Department of Health Science and Technology at the Faculty of Medicine.

"Librarians will no doubt always be natural promoters of Open Access, and consequently of the widest possible dissemination of the knowledge produced. But quality and academic integrity must be secured, so reversing publication practices will be a long process. With parallel publishing, the differences between the versions are minimised, so Open Access will not be second-class access. "

Maria Abildgaard Haladyn, development consultant, VBN editors.
Responsible for the development, implementation and operation of the OA initiative at AAU.

Nils Thidemann, functional manager, VBN editors.
Responsible for the development, implementation and operation of the OA initiative at AAU. 

Contact AAU

Contact AAU

If you have any questions about research registration, dissemination or analysis at Aalborg University, you are always welcome to contact:

The VBN Editorial Office
E-mail: vbn@aub.aau.dk