NLS is funded by public funds and therefore works to ensure that cultural heritage and research are made openly available to all.
Contribution to Open Science
Since 2006, when signing the Berlin Declaration, the National Library of Sweden (NLS) has worked with advancing open access to scholarly output. NLS has thus undertaken to promote free access on the internet to scientific information and cultural heritage. The goal is for the results of publicly funded research to be free to read, download, process and disseminate. In 2017 NLS received an appropriation directive from the Swedish Government to act as a national coordinating body in the work towards a transition to open access to scholarly publications.
Goals and objectives
The national goal is that all scientific publications resulting from research financed with public funds should be published immediately open access and that research data, on which the scholarly publication is based, should be made open access together with the publication.
The national approach is that the products of research must meet the FAIR principles as far as possible, that scientific publications arising from publicly funded research should be openly accessible immediately on publication from 2021 at the latest, and that the cost of scientific publication must be transparent.
It is a shared responsibility for all stakeholders within the research system to work towards this goal.