Open Science Newsletter, February 2019
Welcome to the Open Science Newsletter 
The Open Science Newsletter replaces the former Open Access Newsletter and is issued three times per year (Feb., June, Oct.). With this newsletter we wish to inform you about the latest developments in scholarly communication, research data management and open research. 
'Openness benefits our research and society'  

An interview with UMCG Dean Marian Joëls
For our first issue of the Open Science Newsletter, we interviewed Marian Joëls, Professor of Neurosciences and Dean and board member of the UMCG. In this interview, she discusses her take on open science, research evaluation and her vision for the future of the UMCG. > Read the interview
Read all about Plan S
Eighteen European funders are trying to accelerate the transition to 100% open-access from 2020 onwards. Plan S will affect peer-reviewed articles funded by various European organizations, such as the NWO and ZonMW. What does Plan S mean for researchers?
Update on Plan S consultation
The public consultation on Plan S’ implementation guidance is now closed and cOAlition S is currently reviewing the feedback received. Here is a a selection of statements issued on Plan S. On 31 January, NWO and ZonMw hosted a discussion meeting on Plan S. The meeting was attended by over 250 people, including researchers, research policy officers, librarians and other stakeholders. Based on the outcome of the meeting, NWO has submitted a report for cOAlition S. 
Did you know that... 
... the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) decided to give open access an extra impulse by starting a pilot project to make publications available after a period of six months via the University repository? > Read more
Become an Open Access Ambassador
Do you support the principles of Open Access? Are you passionate about improving accessibility to scientific knowledge? The UG/UMCG Open Access teams are looking for enthusiastic ambassadors to promote open access within their departments, institutes or faculties. For more information, please contact Dr. Marijke Leliveld (open access ambassador FEB): m.c.leliveld@rug.nl or openaccess@rug.nl or openaccess@umcg.nl.
European Open Science Cloud launch (EOSC)
The European Commission launched the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) by introducing the EOSC Portal. Once completed in 2020 the EOSC will offer researchers and science and technology professionals in Europe a platform to store, share and re-use research data across disciplines and borders. > Read more
 
New VSNU deal with Oxford University Press
The Dutch Association of Universities (VSNU) and Oxford University Press (OUP) have agreed on a two-year big deal covering subscriptions to OUP’s journals and 100% open access to Dutch contributions in around 322 hybrid journals in 2019 and 2020. > Read more 

 
Sharp rise in open access publications 
In the publication year 2018, 7,664 open access articles were published as part of the VSNU open access agreements. That is an increase of no less than 21% compared to 2017. This rise is due to a significant improvement of publishers' submission workflows. 
> Read more
Reading recommendations
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