” It is clear that the assessment criteria for researchers must change. There are other good reasons for that. Publishing in Science gets a lot of weight in the assessment of a scientist, but it is not in itself proof that a person’s research is important: there are also articles in this journal that are never or little quoted. And some fields are underrepresented.
This is one of the reasons why NWO recently issued the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).signed. This calls for a broader assessment of a person’s contribution to science: not just on the basis of a few simple core indicators such as the h-index. It does not only have to be researched: a method can also be groundbreaking. And research data can in itself already have great value for other scientists and even for society as a whole.
NWO will adapt the instructions to its reviewers in order to give this change in the assessment criteria hands and feet….”
“On 1 January 2018, NWO will terminate its Incentive Fund for Open Access Publications and Conferences. NWO will meet all of its prior financial commitments made to the fund.
NWO introduced the Incentive Fund in 2010 to finance open access publications and activities that bring attention to open access during academic conferences. Since it was introduced many years ago, the Incentive Fund has proved to be a useful way of promoting open access publishing. NWO believes that the academic world is now sufficiently aware of open access publishing and its importance.”
“NWO will tighten its granting conditions in the area of Open Access with effect from 1 December. In concrete terms this means that all publications emerging from a ‘call for proposals’ published by NWO after this date must be immediately accessible to everybody from the moment of publication …”