Open Science and Research

Open science increases the impact of research, it speeds up the creation of innovations, it ensures higher quality and transparency in scientific research, and it makes available the research results needed to solve global problems.

Development of open science and research practices at Aalto is an open process, and one in which all university stakeholders are invited to participate.


Openness is an integral part of science and research. Open science enhances the use of scientific information in society and in the creation of innovation. Openly available research data also increases the reliability of research, says Vice President of Research and Innovations, Tuija Pulkkinen.


What is open science and research?

The principle of openness is the key principle of science and research. The most visible forms of open science are open access publishing of peer-reviewed scientific publications and dissertations, the publication of citable research data and the publication of methods and the open source software used in research.

Open science is an important way to promote science and ensure that it will benefit all of society and also a way to enable new kinds of collaboration and innovation.



Open science and research 2014–2017 is an initiative by the Ministry of Education and Culture that Aalto University contributes to in many ways. The initiative aims to make Finland a leading country in open science and research.

Aalto University open science and research goals


Aalto University is committed to achieving open science and research goals and ensuring that research results can be used as business assets to achieve benefits for society as a whole. Aalto University’s intellectual property guidelines take into account open science goals as well as the protection of intellectual property rights.
Aalto University has adopted the following Open Access Policy.



Aalto University has an Open Access Policy.  Aalto University requires that researchers make their peer reviewed  scientific publications  openly available, in the form permitted by publishers, at its Aaltodoc repository.  The metadata of publications in Aaltodoc is harvested by  OpenAIRE. OpenAIRE provides open access infrastructure for research in Europe.


Research done at the university, for example  PhD dissertations, are published following the open access policy. The university also recommends the use and development of open research methods and open source software.

Aalto University's research data management policy defines the principles for opening up research data created with public funding, in order to ensure that it has a wide impact for the benefit of the society and achieves the strategic goals of Aalto University. See Aalto University's research data management policy (pdf).

Help and assistance for the researcher

Aalto University Library’s website offers more information on open access publishing at Aalto University.

Read more information on open access publishing and the requirements of the research funding agencies.

Aalto University enables open learning at Aalto Learning materials are published in the MyCourses portal ( with open access as default.

Open educational resources based on research findings increase the societal impact of researchs.

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