Open Science

Open science is a core value for the Donders Institute. To stimulate collaboration and provide accessible research (data) we believe that sharing knowledge via open science is important. This also accelerates scientific discovery and innovation. Research Data Management (RDM) is an important aspect to ensure that research data is safe and secure and remains valuable for the long-term. Proper data management encourages Open Science, by making research data accessible and reusable to others.

Radboud Data Repository

As of the end of 2023 the Donders Repository was merged with the Radboud Data Repository (RDR) is a data repository for researchers of Radboud University to archive and/or publish their research data. All datasets of the Donders Repository are findable on the web portal of the RDR. It is used by researchers to manage their research data. It contains over 2,900 data collections in editable state, over 300 internally archived collections and more than 400 published collections that are accessible to the general public. Visit the repository to learn more:

Radboud Data Repository

86 % open-access publications

Open access is a broad international movement that seeks to grant free and open online access to academic information, such as publications and data. A publication is defined 'open access' when there are no financial, legal or technical barriers to accessing it - that is to say when anyone can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search for and search within the information, or use it in education or in any other way within the legal agreements. 86% of all Donders Institute publications in 2022 was open access. This percentage has been growing steadily for a number of years. In 2019 this percentage was 69%.

BioRxiv, arXiv, and PsyArXiv

Many preprints from the Donders Institute are accessible on preprint platforms, click on one of the links below to access them:


BioRxiv (pronounced "bio-archive") is a free online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints in the life sciences. It is operated by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a not-for-profit research and educational institution. The Donders Institute has its own channel on this platform.


arXiv is a curated research-sharing platform open to anyone. arXiv currently serves the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics. arXiv was founded by Paul Ginsparg in 1991 and is now maintained and operated by Cornell Tech.


PsyArXiv (psychology archive) is designed to facilitate rapid dissemination of psychological research. PsyArXiv is a creation of the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS) and the Center for Open Science (COS).

Research Data Management (RDM) policy

Research Data Management (RDM) is an important aspect in research to ensure that research data is safe and secure and remains valuable for the long-term. The Donders Institute strives to preserve and share all its research data for the long-term according to the FAIR principles from 2020 onwards. At the Donders Institute, a RDM policy (pdf, 164 kB) document has been written that outlines the responsibilities of all Donders Institute employees towards management of their research data throughout the research life cycle. The RDM policy distinguishes the following research phases  (1) Preparing a project, (2) data acquisition, analysis and scientific writing and (3) data publication.