Why open access?
Open access is a broad international academic movement which aims at free, online access to scientific information, such as publications and data. Open science and open access will become the norm in scientific research. One of its major goals is to have the whole of society benefit from research funded by public means. This principle is also subscribed by the Dutch government and Utrecht University wants to be at the forefront of these developments.
From the strategic plan 2016-2020
In Europe, Utrecht University operates at the forefront of open science. The university is convinced that scientific research can contribute to better solutions to complex problems if knowledge is shared as widely and as quickly as possible.
Utrecht University makes the results of its research activities accessible to the public with the aim of contributing to the dissemination and use of this knowledge. In 2020 the Utrecht University Repository gives access to all publications of the university. Utrecht researchers are part of interdisciplinary communities in which it is common practice to collect data together, and to analyse and share them.
Nationaal Plan Open Science (NPOS)
Open access falls within the broader context of open science, an approach to the scientific process based on new ways to spread knowledge with the help of digital technologies and new collaboration tools. In the Nationaal Plan Open Science (PDF, in Dutch only) you can read why and how the Netherlands promote open science.
PlanS, launched in 2018, is an initiative by eighteen European research funders and three charitable funds to accelerate the transition to 100 % open access. PlanS relates to publications that are funded by the participating research funders, including NWO and ZonMw.
Increase your research impact
Open access offers free access to scientific information, making it easier to share and disseminate results of scientific research. As a result your article will be read more widely. And the more often your article is read, the bigger the research impact.