Last updated on 
11 May 2020

National Open Access Desk

Syddansk Universitet
Syddansk Universitet
  • Overview

    There are 8 universities, 8 University Colleges and a number of other public and private research institutions in Denmark. The public research is organised under the Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

    The Ministry of Higher Education and Science manages and monitors the Danish Open Access strategy.

    Denmark holds a National strategy for Open Access. The strategy states that the implementation of Open Access is to take place through the green model – i.e. parallel filling of quality-assured research articles in institutional or subject-specific archives (repositories) with Open Access. However, the strategy does not exclude the use of the golden model as long as it does not increase the expenses for publication.

    Two central principles form the basis for the strategy:

    • The implementation of the Open Access is to support the possibility for Danish researchers to continue to publish in the most recognised national and international journals, and also the possibility to publish.
    • For the sake of research and society, it is stressed that it is crucial that the aggregate public expenditure to research publication is not increased significantly because of the implementation of Open Access.

    The goal is 100% Open Access to publicly funded research publications by 2025.

    Support and Landscape

    Each of the 8 Danish universities has their own local Open Science Support Unit, typically based at the university libraries.

    DeiC is working on national structure for RDM support and training.

    National Initiatives

    All the universities have local research support units, who in various degrees support researchers with their award applications and reporting.

  • Open Science Policy

    National Policy

    Denmark has not implemented a national Open Access/Open Science policy yet. However, national strategies for Open Access and Research Data Management were released in 2015.

    Funder policy

    Among funders, there is a mixed picture in terms of OA policies. Unlike most other Nordic countries Denmark has quite large private research foundations. None of the largest Danish public and private research funding bodies - the Independent Research Fund Denmark, the Innovation Fund Denmark, the DNRF, the Carlsberg Foundation, the Novo Nordisk Foundation – have a policy regarding open access to research data, with the Lundbeck Foundation as an exception.

    The Lundbeck company and the Lundbeck Foundation have a clear policy on Open Access, disclosing clinical trial information and results summaries in public registries and shares clinical data generated by or sponsored by Lundbeck. Although all the private foundations generally seem to acknowledge the principle of Open Science, there is also a tradition of not adopting policies that are fundamentally driven by state actors.

    The publicly funded research foundations have adopted a common OA policy based on the Danish Open Access Strategy. Only one of the private foundations in Denmark has done so. These foundations then require grant holders to make research results and articles publicly available. Data is specifically excluded from this requirement, and OA publication costs are not eligible for funding (and obviously neither is data management costs).

    Public Danish funders with an Open Access Policy:

    Private Danish funders with an Open Access Policy:




    Institutional Policy

    Denmark has 8 major Institutions which are listed here:

  • Infrastructure & EOSC

    Key networks & Aggregators

    One central national aggregator collects publication data from Danish universities primarily: Danish National Research Database.

    The Ministry of Higher Education and Science maintaines an Open Access Indicator that monitors the Open Access progress in Denmark. It can be found here: Danish Open Access Indicator

    Data repositories

    Danish Data Repositories:

    ICES Marina Data



    Global Biodiversity Information Facility

    Danish National Birth Cohort


    Systema Dipterorum

    Clarin in Denmark

    Canadensys repository


    National publishing initiatives

    The Royal Library offers a service which runs on the OJS platform.

    National agreements with publishers

    Danish universities make agreements with publishers bilaterally, there are no national consortia agreements to publishing.

    OA books

    Some Danish universities are supporting Knowledge Unlatched, but no national consortia agreement is in place.

  • Training & Support

    Each of the 8 Danish universities has their own local Open Science Support Unit, typically based at the university libraries.

    DeiC is working on national structure for RDM support and training.

  • Statistics

    112095 OA publications in 36 repositories
  • News

    12 June 2020
    By Signe Gadegaard and Jitka Stilund Hansen, Technical University of DenmarkThe Technical University of Denmark (DTU) has 11.000 students and 6000 employees among which 3500 are researchers and Ph.D. students. At DTU Library, we are a small group of people dedicated to facilitate and coordinate development and activities within Research Data Management (RDM), as well as to provide and maint...
    18 December 2019
    On a grey dull Thursday in November, the Danish NOADs in OpenAIRE put Open Science on the agenda. The Danish ministry of Higher Education and Science had kindly offered to house the event. Our aim was to have Research support staff, Researchers and Library staff meet and learn more about Open Science, its practical issues, advantages and challenges. More than 40 people had accepted the invitation....
    21 December 2018
    Authors: Paula Maria Martinez Lavanchy (ORCID), Technical University of Denmark and Asger Væring Larsen (ORCID), University Library of Southern DenmarkA lab notebook is one of the most elementary records of research – at least in some disciplines. In a lab notebook, the researcher records all kinds of project related information – from hypothesis to results of experiments. The way a paper lab note...
    28 November 2016
    On the November 16th 2016 a national workshop was held in Odense, Denmark at the University of Southern Denmark. The workshop opened with the perspective of recent developments in the area of data management in Europe in general and Denmark in particular with focus on Horizon 2020. One of the main developments in Denmark recently is the forming of the National Forum for Research Data Management w...
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