The key areas

The National Plan focuses on three key areas: open access, (re)use of data and evaluation systems. By adopting this approach, the Netherlands wishes to live up to its reputation as a leading country for open science and benefit - and to allow others to benefit - as soon as possible from the advantages expected to be offered by open science.

The three key areas of open science

  1. 100% open access publishing
  2. Optimal reuse of research data
  3. Corresponding evaluation and valuation systems

Open access

Scientific publications (articles, (parts of) books, reports), financed by public funds which will openly accessible to all, anywhere in the world, for consultation and reuse as of 2020. Currently, the vast majority of publications are still behind a paywall and only accessible to the scientific community through expensive subscriptions. 

(Re)Use of research data

Researchers must be able to reuse other people's research data where possible and exchange their own research data easily. Currently, research data is still not yet systematically managed and published in line with agreed standards everywhere and as a result is hard to find or reuse. European efforts with regard to text and data mining or content mining are also relevant here.

Evaluation and valuation systems

In the current evaluation and valuation systems, the focus often lies on the number of publications in renowned high impact journals, often by established publishers, and not on open access. The culture of 'publish or perish' is therefore retained. Open science encourages a wider set of evaluation criteria than simply research output and quality, such as quality of education, valorisation, leadership and good data stewardship.