The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) adheres to the principle that the results of publicly financed research should be freely accessible. It recently decided how it will achieve open access and digital sustainability in its own organisation.
The Academy determined in February how it intended to achieve open access (access for everyone) and digital sustainability (future access) in its own research organisation. All publications by Academy researchers are basically categorised as open access publications. Such access is preferably immediate, but in any event no more than eighteen months after publication. Except in urgent cases, for example for privacy reasons or due to statutory limitations, all research data is freely accessible and stored sustainably. To support this policy, the Academy has set up two incentive funds for its researchers, one covering publications and the other covering data. It is also supporting public information and training in this area.
As a logical consequence of its policy, the Academy is taking part in Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN), a collaborative initiative to develop and implement a sustainable Open Access publication model for academic books in the humanities and social sciences.
By implementing its open access and digital sustainability policy, the Academy has achieved one of the targets of its Strategic Agenda 2010-2015.