Unabhängig von anderslautenden Regelungen in einem Verlagsvertrag können belgische Wissenschaftler in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften nach einem Jahr ihre öffentlich finanzierten Zeitschriftenartikel frei zugänglich machen.
„The author of a scientific article resulting from publicly funded research shall retain, even if, in accordance with Article XI.167, he has assigned his rights to a publisher of a periodical or placed them under a simple or exclusive licence, the right to make the manuscript freely available to the public for free access after 12 months for the human and social sciences and 6 months for the other sciences, after the first publication, in a periodical, provided that the source of the first publication is mentioned.
The publishing contract may provide for a shorter period than that fixed in the first paragraph.
The King may extend the time limit set out in paragraph 1.
The right provided for in the first paragraph may not be waived. This right is mandatory and applies notwithstanding the right chosen by the parties as soon as a connecting point is located in Belgium. It shall also apply to works created before the entry into force of this paragraph and not in the public domain at that time.“