Today the VSNU announced that the Dutch universities have published 73% of their academic articles Open Access in 2020.
This is apparent from the Open Access Monitor, which was published yesterday and is published here on openaccess.nl. This is an increase of 11 percentage points compared to 2019 and this is the strongest increase since the start of the measurements in 2016.
In order to realize the ambition of 100% Open Access, the stakes have to be even higher and even more paths have to be explored. The VSNU has sent a letter to the Minister of Education, Culture and Science about this. Feasibility studies show that a different strategy is needed to grow towards 100% Open Access at the national level. These include:
The aim of Open Access is to ensure that publicly funded research benefits society as a whole. The corona crisis has made it extra clear how relevant it is that scientific knowledge is accessible to science and society (see, for example, this page specially set up for this purpose).
Source: VSNU press release
Dutch National website providing information for academics about the advantages of open access to publicly financed research