Open Access publishing

Open access aims to make the outcomes of scientific research freely accessible worldwide for everybody. Open access increases the impact of research results. Open access publications are easier to find and are more likely to be cited. Open access also ensures that public organisations and companies have access to the most recent scientific insights.

Since the Competitiveness Council conclusions of 2016 Europe agreed to achieve 100% immediate open access of scholarly articles by 2020. The current Dutch government responded by declaring open access and open science the standard. In 2019, 62% of articles with a Dutch affiliated author have been published open access. The share of hybrid open access big deals has significantly increased in the past years.

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