Making science more open and even more reliable, efficient and relevant to society.

Utrecht University ambition

Utrecht University wants to promote open science as part of its promise to make science more open and even more reliable, efficient and relevant to society. To follow up on the ambition formulated in the strategic plan (pdf), the rector commissioned a task force, supported by a university library work group, to draft an Open Science Programme for the period 2018-2021.

Utrecht University aims to be at the forefront of open science. Therefore the Executive Board has launched the Utrecht University Open Science Programme. A programme that aims to stimulate and facilitate researchers to put open science into practice. Read the most recent version (pdf).

Four topics

The scope of a programme on open science could potentially be very broad. To add focus the UU Open Science Programme is centered around the following four topics:


9 December 2019
The maximum number of articles that may be published open access at Springer for free has been reached. This option will be re-activated from January 1, 2020.
Toga's van hoogleraren. Photo: UU/Dick Boetekees
27 November 2019
Opinion HRM Network Professors
Plan S - Making full and immediate Open Access a reality
27 November 2019
To what extent do journals currently enable Plan S-compliant publishing? Do researchers already publish in ways that fit requirements of Plan S?


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