Netherlands: “Dutch Universities Published 82% of Their Peer-Reviewed Scientific Publications Open Access in 2021”
From Utrecht University:
Dutch universities published 82% of their peer-reviewed scientific publications Open Access in 2021. This is an increase of nine percentage points compared to 2020. For UU, the percentage is 80.7%.
Jeroen Sondervan, open access expert of the University Library at our university:We believe that everyone – not just the big western knowledge institutes that can afford expensive journal subscriptions – should have full access to and benefit from research funded by public means. This is not out of philanthropy, nor something we pat ourselves on the back for. It is as much self-interest, because we know that if we want a sustainable future, we will have to share and collaborate with others.
Dutch universities continue to work towards 100% Open Access publishing. Achieving this requires stronger national cooperation with all knowledge parties, broader monitoring of all scientific output and more supporting laws and regulations. Universities of the Netherlands (UNL) has sent a letter to the Minister of Education, Culture and Science on this subject.
The nine percent increase in Open Access publications in 2021 is stronger than expected. This is mainly due to a large growth in so-called gold publishing (journals with only Open Access publication options) and better support in green publishing (implementation of the Taverne amendment, where researchers deposit their work in an open repository).
Universities remain committed to achieving the ambition of 100% Open Access. In doing so, universities are making a stronger commitment to:
- Removing barriers to create, read, reuse and evaluate all Dutch output;
- Joint investments by knowledge parties and government in a fair and sustainable Open Access policy;
- Strengthening the various Open Access routes leading to a better guidance by the academic community;
- Further strengthening collaboration with civil society parties.
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