May 28, 2022

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) Tightens Requirement From ‘As Soon as Possible’ to ‘Immediate’ Open Access

From the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO):

NWO will tighten its granting conditions in the area of Open Access with effect from 1 December. In concrete terms this means that all publications emerging from a ‘call for proposals’ published by NWO after this date must be immediately accessible to everybody from the moment of publication.

To make a contribution to the broad international movement towards Open Access, NWO is tightening up its granting conditions in this area with effect from 1 December 2015.

Worldwide NWO is the first national research council to take such a step. With this the organisation is contributing to the objective of the State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science in the Netherlands. The State Secretary has stated that in 2024, 100% of publications funded with public money must be Open Access. The stricter granting conditions apply to all calls for proposals that NWO publishes after 1 December 2015.


For some time now, NWO has already asked researchers to make their publications accessible via Open Access. With the stricter granting conditions, publication in Open Access is now a formal requirement. Each year thousands of scientific publications from research funded by NWO are published and the Open Access conditions will now apply to these.

NWO supports the transition to Open Access financially. The possible costs or publishing Gold Open Access articles and books are therefore subsidisable via NWO’s Incentive Fund Open Access Publications. Project leaders of research funded by NWO can apply for up to 6000 euros per project to publish via the Gold Open Access route.

Read the Complete NWO Blog Post

See Also: Questions and answers on NWO and Open Access (via NWO)

See Also: Open Access Policy Explanation (via NWO)

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