Open science and research
Open science and research
Open science is an important way to promote science and ensure that it will benefit the whole society and enable collaboration and innovation.
Aalto University supports open science in its research community and by doing so aims at gaining the benefits of openness: the societal impact of research increases, the speed of innovation grows, the high quality and transparency of science are ensured, and research results are openly accessible in helping to solve global problems.
Open Science and Research Policy & Results
The goals of open science are responsible research and societal impact.
Open science means open access to scientific publications, research data, methods, software codes, educational resources, and infrastructures. It is a key instrument for increasing the impact of the research conducted at Aalto University.
Discover the results of Aalto University's open science activities.
The Cornerstones of Openness
Open access to publications ensures that scientific publications are accessible to everyone free of charge.
Properly managed research data creates competitive edge and is an important part of a high-quality research process. Here you will find links to support, services and instructions for research data management.
Culture of Open Scholarship refers to e.g. responsible researcher and research assessment, services needed for open science and research and citizen science.
Open education and open educational resources are part of open science. Aalto University has a policy on open educational resources. There is also a national policy regarding open educational resources as well as open educational practices. In addition, the UNESCO Open Science Recommendation contains a number of recommendations for open education.
Read & Publish agreements under renewal: how this affects open access publishing and access to scientific journals?Some of the current Read & Publish agreements will terminate by the end of 2023. Negotiations of the renewal of the agreements are still ongoing, and it is not yet certain whether all the agreements will be renewed.
More than 200 journals will be downgraded to level 0 in the Publication Forum from the beginning of 2024Downgraded journals are published by more than 160 publishers. During the spring 2024, the panels of the Publication Forum will review the journals of MDPI, Frontiers and Hindawi. The journals should not be evaluated solely by the publisher, but consideration should be given to the choice of the publication channel.
Vice President of Research Ossi Naukkarinen
Aalto University’s research outputs are as open as possible, as closed as necessary thus contributing to the idea that knowledge belongs to everyone, and through sharing it, we can spark innovation and foster collaboration.
Researcher identifiers aim to lessen the problems caused by ambiguity in researcher names. For example, common surnames, the changing of names and characters which don’t appear in English are making the evaluation and following of scholarly work more difficult. Identifiers make it much easier to process and administer publication information.
The National Research Information Hub and Research.fi portal offer a single source access to information on science and research in Finland.
Aalto University open publication archive consists of ACRIS Research Information System and Aaltodoc publications archive. Moreover, Aalto University offers other resources to support open access.
Research Services, Innovation Ecosystem Services and Academic Legal Services support the research staff and Aalto management.