Results of publicly financed research need to find their way into education, to researchers and to the professional field unhindered. The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) wishes to aspire to a 100 % Open Access policy.
The aim is to make the content of AUAS publications available to all, from scientists to society (the general public and business). To achieve this, it will become necessary to store all AUAS publications in the AUAS digital archive and, wherever possible, make these publicly accessible. In addition, AUAS will launch a fund to offer financial support to Open Access publishers. AUAS will also put together a digital publication series making all AUAS publications available to anyone, without costs to the author.
The AUAS Executive Board noted in their AUAS 2015-2020 Strategic Research Policy at the beginning of 2015, that the Open Access principle should apply to all publications from the AUAS 'publishing house'. This would be in line with the Berlin Declaration on Open Access which the various Dutch universities of applied sciences have jointly signed. This declaration states that the various parties’ research should be made available to everyone, free of charge, enabling research results to contribute to knowledge creation and knowledge circulation. Open Access also indicates that the publications can be freely quoted from and that the publications' content is free to reuse, by either educational institutes or third parties. AUAS' 2015 ambition of realising 100% Open Access by 2024 has now been brought forward to 2020, after European ministers responsible for research and innovation earlier this year decided that all scientific articles should be freely accessible by that date.
To realise the ambition of 100% Open Access by 2020, AUAS has now detailed its Open Access vision in concrete measures.
Dutch National website providing information for academics about the advantages of open access to publicly financed research