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University of IT Sets Record in Open Access Research in Denmark


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writer icon Lily Olsson     ITU   |   Culture     🕐 19. Apr. 2019


The Danish Open Access Indicator revealed that the University of IT (ITU), in Denmarks's capital Copenhagen, far exceed the levels of other Danish universities when it comes to being transparent about research. ITU has set a record of 100 percent open access to all research published at ITU.

The Goal
Jens Christian Godskesen, Pro-Rector at ITU, explains how they have been working towards achieving this goal.

”[..] due to a targeted effort over the past few years, where we have increased the quality of the registration of publications. In many cases, the publications can be accessed directly from the ITU website. All our researchers and the research administration play a large part in that we are already fulfilling the goal of Denmark's National Strategy for Open Access,” says Godskesen.

Free availability
All scientific articles published by ITU during 2018 are now available online, free of charge, for the benefit of business, government, educators and society as a whole.

“Sharing knowledge will help research excel and society evolve,” says Brooke Illummont, CEO of Inside Scandinavian Business.

”Knowledge-sharing is something that has become more common in the last decade, within the field of software development. It has created a sense of together-we-are-stronger and a playfulness to problem solving, which continuously helps evolvement in the field of software development” Illummont says to ISB.

Statistics
The National Strategy for Open Access has the goal that from 2025 onwards, there will be easy digital access to all peer-reviewed research articles from Danish research institutions. The national average this year is 44 percent, which is an increase of eight percentage points from last year.

As illustrated in the below graph, the Danish Technical University (DTU) has 64 percent: the second largest share of Open Access publications, followed by Copenhagen Business School (CBS), with 48 percent.

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