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Open Science explained

What is Open Science?

Benefits - For whom - Support research stages

Open Science is the practice of science in such a way that others can collaborate and contribute to the scientific process, and reuse the scientific research. This way researchers can make better use of each other's research, and can users 'outside of science' affect the research world with questions and ideas, and help collect research data.

A short video (3:50 minutes) about Open Science to illustrate.

Making research results available as widely as possible

From a fundamental point of view it is important to make research, that has been funded with public resources, accessible to the entire society. An innovative open model is necessary to make research results available as widely as possible: Open Science.


  • Open science leads to a more transparent, verifiable, quicker, more efficient, reproducable and sustainable research process for science; and thus to a quicker knowledge development.
  • Open science increases the innovative capacity for companies, as a result of the fact that they can profit sooner of the open information at hand to, combined with their own knowledge, develop new products and processes.
  • In society on the whole, public organisations, (local) governments, teachers, health care workers, citizens, patients and other groups and individuals outside of science can profit from open science because of the easy accessibility of scientific  data.

For whom and when is Open Science interesting?

Open Science is interesting for scientists in different research stages. The University Library and other parties support and facilitate the different research stages by means of training, tools and recognition. See links below.

  1. Distinguish your research with ORCID. For more information, please send an email to openaccess@ubn.ru.nl.
  2. Search for literature.
  3. Citing sources (references): APA, MLA (in Dutch), Chicago Manual of Style.
  4. Save, manage and analyse your research data carefully.
  5. How to deal with copyright.
  6. Make your publications available in Open Access.
  7. Archive and/or publish your research data.

1 until 6: Is part of a scientific network.