Open Science

Universities and research institutes worldwide are working on the realisation of "Open Science; Maastricht University (UM) is one of them. UM endorses the principles of Open Science, offering its academics support to put these principles into practice and make science "as open as possible, as closed as necessary". In this way, we strengthen ties with our communities and improve our relationships on many levels, from regional to international and from citizens to professionals. Open Science can contribute to making science more visible, in the broadest sense of the word.

What exactly is Open Science?

Open Science is a new approach to scientific research. Its aim is to strengthen collaboration, both between individual researchers and between other parties and scientists. Open Science makes research more transparent, controllable, faster, more efficient, reproducible and more sustainable. The idea is that civil society organisations, patient organisations, companies and other organisations can all benefit from easy access to scientific research.

The Open Science umbrella covers issues such as:

  • FAIR data use; if possible, research data must be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. UM wants to be fully FAIR by 2023.
  • Open Access; this refers to a broad international academic movement promoting free online access to scientific information, such as publications and data. In this model, the author pays, not the reader. UM wants all publications to be ‘open access’ by 2020.
  • Recognising and rewarding scientists in a different way; currently, scientists are usually judged by the number of scientific papers they have published and the research grants they have acquired. Open Science also stands for recognition and appreciation of other issues such as educational activities, leadership qualities and social impact (more information on this topic can be found here).

Open if possible, closed if necessary
Drawn up at the request of the Netherlands deputy minister of Education, Culture and Science, the National Plan Open Science has the support of Dutch universities and other parties. The plan aims to help implement the country’s ambitious Open Science policy.

 Also download the UM Open Science policy

What can researchers do?

Open Science – it’s basically a matter of doing it. Researchers who want some help on how to apply open science practices can contact advisers within their faculty via the following portals.

The Research Data Management portal supports UM researchers in making their data FAIR. In addition, more information can be found on the Open Access page of the Maastricht University Library website.

For general questions or comments about Open Science, please contact our Open Science Librarian: Marielle Prevoo.

Scientists not only want to reach colleagues with their research, but also, for example, policy makers or interest groups. That is why Open Science is so important. As Rector Magnificus of this university, I fully support this movement, just like the scientists who are committed to it.
Prof. dr. Rianne Letschert


  • VSNU - Elsevier deal

    Dutch research institutions and Elsevier agreed on a new extensive agreement

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

    The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), the Dutch Federation of University Medical Centers (NFU), the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and Elsevier announced that they have entered into a national agreement. Maastricht University and MUMC+ participate in this contract that runs until  2025.

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  • VSNU - Elsevier deal

    Dutch research institutions and Elsevier reach framework agreement

    Thursday, December 19, 2019

    VSNU, NFU, NWO and Elsevier have reached a framework agreement. In the short term, this means that from January 2020 we will have access to all online journals from Elsevier and UM scholars can publish Open Access in all Elsevier journals – Full OA and Hybrid – without paying APC.

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  • UM signs DORA

    Friday, October 25, 2019

    Rector Magnificus Rianne Letschert signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) today, marking Maastricht University’s (UM) official endorsement of a new approach to assessing academics.

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  • Gijs van Dijck

    Analysing the wide world of law with algorithms

    Tuesday, October 22, 2019

    The pilot project Web of Laws is working to develop tools that quickly filter the relevant rulings for lawyers—with FAIR data use and open science as important anchors.

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  • Open Access Week

    Monday, October 21, 2019

    Open Science is an international phenomenon that is increasingly taking concrete shape at Maastricht University (UM). Among its aims is the goal of making science ‘as open as possible’ and ‘as closed as necessary’.

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  • RSC logo

    Journals of the Royal Society of Chemistry available again

    Monday, August 19, 2019

    Maastricht University and MUMC+ students and staff can access the articles of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) journals again. The current subscription runs until 2021.

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  • Elsevier logo

    Elsevier has considerably expanded the number of journals in which open access can be published for free

    Tuesday, August 13, 2019

    Elsevier has expanded the number of journal titles in which researchers from Maastricht University and MUMC+ can publish open access ‘for free’ to 1650 hybrid titles. Researchers can now also publish in 250 open access journals without paying APC.

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  • Narcis screen dump

    A NARCIS milestone: more than 700,000 academic open access publications registered

    Thursday, August 1, 2019

    The Dutch scholarly publications portal NARCIS now presents more than 700,000 open access publications by Dutch academics. Maastricht University counts for 15,228 open access publications.

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  • Elsevier logo

    Agreement with Elsevier extended until 2020

    Monday, July 1, 2019

    In late 2018, when the ‘current’ contract with Elsevier ended, VSNU and Elsevier agreed to continue the talks on a new contract while the existing agreements were maintained. Now the current contract will be extended for an additional six months to allow more time for the negotiations.

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  • Henk van den Hoogen and Micah Vandegrift

    Micah Vandegrift – a Fullbright in Maastricht

    Tuesday, June 25, 2019

    Micah Vandegrift lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina. He visited Maastricht University Library as a Fulbright-Schuman innovation fellow and stayed with us for 5 months between October 2018 and February 2019. His wife and two young children accompanied him to Maastricht and beyond.

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