One of the guiding principles of research at UMC Utrecht is the transition to Open Science; a way of doing science where the entire research process - from prioritizing to the publication of results - is made public and transparent and where we involve society as much as possible in all study phases. In this we work together with Utrecht University.
In 2022 we set up an Open Science team together with Utrecht University. It is a cross-disciplinary group of researchers and other research professionals, chaired by the dean, who ensure that various Open Science topics are further developed and implemented. One of the activities of the team is an ongoing Open Science roadshow to inform and motivate researchers to organize Open Science symposiums and debates.
In 2022, a total of 85% of our scientific publications were published with Open Access.
Open Access scientific publications
An important aspect in Open Science is the free Open Access publication of scientific articles. This makes our scientific research results accessible to everyone online and helps maximize their dissemination. In 2022, a total of 85% of our scientific publications were published with Open Access (79% in 2021).
New academic profiles
In 2022 we used new academic career profiles for the appointment of nine new associate professors. The profiles are Implementation Researcher, Clinical Researcher, Exploratory Researcher, Methodology & Technology Researcher, Academic Educator, and Valorization Researcher. These profiles are in line with our focus on Open Science and our talent program ‘Research Development Program’. To go with it, we have an accompanying assessment system (Recognition and Appreciation) where the breadth of academic activities and individual as well as team operations are valued, the accent is put on quality rather than quantity, and all aspects of Open Science and academic leadership are stimulated. UMC Utrecht is one of the pioneers of this broader appreciation of researchers.
In the past year, an international research team led by UMC Utrecht received a European Horizon subsidy of € 2 million to conduct a study on Open Science, the movement that strives for scientific research that is more open. The study (OSIRIS) looks at the positive and negative impact of Open Science measures and addresses the question of how effective existing Open Science measures are. As coordinator, UMC Utrecht is receiving nearly a quarter of the earmarked funds (€ 470,000).