NWO accelerates international cooperation around Open Access

14 March 2016

On 21 and 22 March NWO, is organising an international workshop about Open Access in collaboration with the Global Research Council (GRC). The workshop entitled 'Removing Barriers: A Global Implementation Plan for Open Access Scholarly Publishing', will bring together about 50 chairs and experts from research councils, universities and publishers.

NWO accelerates international cooperation around Open Access

Open Access stands for the worldwide free access to scientific publications. With the workshop NWO wants to encourage the international collaboration needed for the transition to full Open Access. NWO is particularly focusing on an action plan from research councils worldwide.

The State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science, Sander Dekker, will open the workshop on 21 March:  Research councils have a crucial role to play in the effort to realise the Open Access of scientific publications. They can maximise the impact of scientific research by requiring that the research they fund must be accessible to everybody,' says Dekker. The international workshop is an initiative of NWO chair Jos Engelen: 'The transition to full Open Access requires international collaboration. That so many leading experts from around the world are coming to The Hague demonstrates just how important they find the subject'.

With the workshop, NWO is further taking the lead in the worldwide transition to the Open Access publishing of research results. In 2015 NWO announced that all publications that emerge from the research it funds must be made immediately available in Open Access form at the moment they are published. Researchers can do this by publishing in an Open Access journal or by making a post- or pre-review version of the article immediately accessible via a public database (usually a university repository).

International collaboration

The workshop at NWO builds further upon the GRC Action Plan Towards Open Access to Publications formulated in 2013. That plan underlines the fact that Open Access, just like science, has an international character. How can international collaboration help to remove barriers to the transition to complete Open Access? How can international science organisations encourage Open Access together with the publishers? NWO is bringing together key, high-level, international players to realise a joint campaign in the area of Open Access.

The outcomes of the workshop will be presented at the Open Science conference in the context of the Dutch EU presidency (4-5 April in Amsterdam) and at the next annual meeting of the GRC (25-28 May in New Delhi).

Press conference

The workshop will take place at the NWO offices in The Hague and is a closed meeting. Jos Engelen (chair NWO, board member Science Europe and initiator of the meeting), Michael Matlosz (chair Science Europe, board member GRC and president of the Agence Nationale de la Recherche), Aidan Byrne (chair of the Australian Research Council) and Mario Pinto (GRC board member and president of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) will be available for questions from journalists after the workshop. Requests for interviews can be submitted in advance to Maarten Muns (press officer NWO).

Source: NWO