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Open Science

Open Science

Open Science is an international academic movement that aims for accessibility of scientific publications and data, and dissemination to society. It encompasses practices such as Open Access publishing; making it easier to publish and communicate scientific knowledge, making data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIRdata) and attributing credit to scientific contributions that is more than counting the production of publications. 

The University Library (UL) wants to make your contributions to Open Science as easy as possible by: 

  • Making it easy for you to publish Open Access
    Publication guidance, choosing the right journal, publish for free in Open Access with discount deals on article processing charges (APC), policies and author rights, solutions to funding requirement on Open Access, full-text deposit help in repository, guidance in flipping journals to Open Access, lunch lectures on Open Access publishing possibilities, Gold Open Access, Green Open Access.
  • Providing multiple Research Data Services
    Before research
    Assist with data management planning (DMP), solutions for meeting funder requirements, estimating data storage, choosing the right data storage solutions, preparing you for privacy and legal concerns, DMP-training.
    During research
    Assist with making FAIR data (findable, accessible, interoperable, reproducible), training on high-performance computing (HPC), data anonymization and encryption.
    After research
    Assist with data archiving, open archiving, making your data citable, dark archiving, restrictive access for verification.
  • VU Research Portal: making new ways of rewarding open- and slow-science practices possible
    Easy solution to keep your list of publications and activities up-to-date, quick CV generation, beautiful personal pages, make easy reports for annual reporting and SEP evaluation, find out news items and policy papers using your research with Altmetric, and create better a researcher identity with ORCiD as your identity-hub.
    A similar system is under development for VUmc researchers, please visit:

Current developments Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
The strategic plan of VU Amsterdam acknowledges these goals to make science accessible, and on policy level VU Amsterdam has already taken steps towards this direction in the past by: 

  • signing declarations for Open Access to publications in 2007 (Berlin) and in 2016 (OA2020); 
  • making an institutional research data management policy (VU-RDM-policy); 
  • starting discussions on gross academic value (VU-BAW) and focus on quality (slow-science), bringing science in transition (Nature).

Freedom of movement of knowledge
“Everyone has the right (…) to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.” (Article 27, Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Our secretary of state Sander Dekker on science, education and culture wants to pursue the ‘fifth freedom’ in the European Union, the freedom of movement of knowledge. To stay competitive this ‘fifth freedom’ aims to increase innovation, acceleration, transparency and transfer of scientific knowledge.  The embodiment of this ‘fifth freedom’ has been laid-out in the Amsterdam Call for action on Open Science (April 2016).  The goals are full Open Access for publications, optimal reuse of research data, and new assessment, reward and evaluation systems. The progress has been reported in this letter to the government (January 2017).