VU Amsterdam supports ResearchEquals

VU Amsterdam supports ResearchEquals

VU Amsterdam is now a supporting member of ResearchEquals, sustaining and governing the development of modular publishing. VU Amsterdam joins as the third institutional supporter, alongside Tilburg University and KU Leuven.

VU Amsterdam supports new research initiatives through their VU Open Access Innovation Fund. They support open, free and fair publishing alternatives set up by and for researchers. This promotes a diverse and fruitful landscape of options for researchers at the VU, but also beyond, to publish openly and freely.

"ResearchEquals' mission directly aligns with our own: To create fair publishing alternatives that directly serve researchers instead of profits" says Open Access Librarian Anne van den Maagdenberg. "The ResearchEquals team inviting us in to govern their decisions as well is just the cherry on top."

Supporting members help sustain operations and receive additional governance rights for ResearchEquals. These rights include the option to participate in quarterly assemblies, strategy and decision making processes, the power to block acquisitions, and to request more information around business operations. As a result, supporting members shape how ResearchEquals evolves. Institutions can become supporting members for a yearly contribution of at least 2500 euro’s.

ResearchEquals is an open source, open access publishing platform for research modules. ResearchEquals realized the first modular publishing platform (launched February 1st, 2022), which revolves around sharing each step of the research process, step by step, instead of only the final report.

“VU Amsterdam is putting in considerable support for building alternative publishing platforms. This encourages us we are on the right path and I look forward to hearing how VU's researchers shape our journey” CEO Chris Hartgerink said.

Liberate Science GmbH (est. 2019) cultivates alternative publishing formats that work for researchers everywhere. ResearchEquals is a Liberate Science GmbH project. For more information view the supporting member page or contact CEO Chris Hartgerink (

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