In the Netherlands there is large support for the OA2020 Initiative that aims to induce the swift, smooth and scholarly-oriented transformation of today’s scholarly journals from subscription to open access publishing.

The Open Access 2020 international initiative aims to pursue the large-scale implementation of OA. The principles of this initiative are embodied in an Expression of Interest, which has already been endorsed by numerous international scholarly organisations. From the Netherlands it is supported by the Research funding organisation NWO, VSNU the organisation of Dutch universities and UKB the collaboration of Dutch university libraries and the Royal Library. By the launch the ‘Expression’ has been signed by over 30 international research organisations.

OA crucial for scientific progress

Over the past decade, OA has gained momentum and grown successfully in many ways, including the development of new OA publishing platforms, archives and repositories. In scholarly journal publishing, OA has achieved a substantial and steadily increasing volume. In the digital age, immediate access to journal articles is crucial for scientific progress. It is time to make OA the standard model of publishing.

The researchers can play a major role in changing the system by choosing alternative forms of publication. Researchers not only contribute to commercially published journals, but also increasingly play a leading role in initiatives to establish new forms of publication like OA.

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New initiative to boost Open Access (Max Planck Society news, 21 March 2016) 

 

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