Open access in the Netherlands


Growth of open access publications in the Netherlands, 1990–2018

Scholarly communication of the Netherlands published in open access form can be found by searching the National Academic Research and Collaborations Information System (NARCIS). The web portal was developed in 2004 by the Data Archiving and Networked Services [nl] of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.[1]

Brill Publishers, National Library of the Netherlands, OAPEN Foundation, Stichting Fair Open Access Alliance, Utrecht University Library, and VU University Amsterdam Library belong to the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association.[2]


The Dutch government has voiced the ambition that by 2019 60% of all publications from Dutch research universities should be published as open access, and by 2024 this should be 100%.[3] The Society of Dutch Universities [nl] is negotiating big deals with publishers, where open access publication for Dutch corresponding authors is free of additional charge.[4]


There are some 36 collections of scholarship in the Netherlands housed in digital open access repositories.[5]

See also

Number of open access publications in various Dutch repositories, 2018


  1. ^ "OA in the Netherlands". Open Access in Practice: EU Member States. OpenAIRE. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Members",, The Hague: Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, retrieved 7 April 2018
  3. ^ "Open Access". Vereniging van Universiteiten. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  4. ^ "Big deals and prepaid". Vereniging van Universiteiten. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  5. ^ "Netherlands". Directory of Open Access Repositories. UK: University of Nottingham. Archived from the original on 6 February 2009. Retrieved 21 March 2018.

Further reading

  • Richard Poynder (2007), "Leo Waaijers, Manager of SURFshare in the Netherlands", Open and Shut?, Open Access Interviews, UK
  • John Houghton (2009), Open Access - What are the economic benefits? A comparison of United Kingdom, Netherlands and Denmark, Knowledge Exchange
  • John Houghton; Jos de Jonge; Marcia van Oploo (2009), Costs and Benefits of Research Communication: The Dutch Situation, SURF Foundation
  • Egon Willighagen (2014), "On Open Access in The Netherlands", Chemblaics – via BlogSpot
  • Opening the book on open access: What researchers think. Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen. 2016. ISBN 978-90-6984-705-4.
  • Eelco Ferwerda; Frances Pinter; Niels Stern (2017), "Country Study: Netherlands", Landscape Study on Open Access and Monographs: Policies, Funding and Publishing in Eight European Countries, Knowledge Exchange, doi:10.5281/zenodo.815932
  • Walt Crawford (2018). "Netherlands". Gold Open Access by Country 2012-2017. US: Cites & Insights Books. Free to read

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