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Netherlands weak on open science, study finds

US researchers conclude that Dutch rules and support system lag behind leading European countries

The Netherlands is performing worse than its neighbours when it comes to making research data and results openly available, according to a Europe-wide review of open access policies.

The study, published this month in the journal Science and Public Policy, compared the open-access performance of seven European countries—France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK. These countries were chosen because they had the highest h-index, indicating strong publication and citation rates. The research team from the US National Research Institute for Science Policy studied 46 policy documents dating to the end of 2020.

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