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. In order to follow up on the ambition formulated in the strategic plan (pdf), the Rector Magnificus 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. In order to add focus, the UU Open Science Programme is centred around the following four topics:


19 February 2020
On February 13, the 10,000th open access article was administered published in 2019 within the national agreements with publishers.
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19 December 2019
In 2020 researchers can publish open access in all Elsevier journals. Also open access to these journals is guaranteed.
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.


19 February 2020 15:00 - 17:00
Do you want to enhance your R skills, meet other R programmers or ask questions related to R? Take your laptop with you and come to the R Cafe!
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2 March 2020 14:30 - 16:00
The workshop gives an insight into all aspects of improving online visibility for researchers and their research.
5 March 2020 12:00 - 17:00
Learn about Open Science from your peers!