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.


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What is open science and research?

The principle of openness is the key principle of science and research. At Aalto University, the most visible forms of open science are open access publications, open research data and open research culture.

2021 in figures

We have 4818 research outputs, 73 datasets, 214 prizes, 1358 activities, and 1713 press and media appearances from the year 2021 on the Aalto University research portal. Out of all the peer-reviewed scientific publications in 2021, 82 % were published open access, making open access publishing the predominant publishing method at Aalto University.

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    82 % of all of our peer-reviewed scientific publications were published open access in 2021.

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    There are 4818 research outputs published in 2021 on the research portal. Find these and more.

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    Our records show information on 73 datasets from the year 2021. Read more.

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    Aalto University staff and students won 214 prizes in 2021. Read more.

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    We recorded a total of 1358 varied academic activities in 2021. Read more.

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    In 2021, our researchers had 1713 press and media appearances. Find these and more.

    Aalto University research outputs should be as open as possible, as closed as necessary.

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    Aalto University Open Science and Research Policy

    The goals of open science are responsible research and societal impact.
    Open science means open access to scientific publications, research data, methods, software codes, and infrastructure. It is a key instrument for increasing the impact of the research conducted at Aalto University.

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    Research Data Management (RDM) and Open Science

    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.

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    Open Access Publishing

    Open access to publications ensures that scientific publications are accessible to everyone free of charge.

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    Services and resources supporting open access

    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.

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    Culture of Open Scholarship

    Open science has become a significant way of making science more reproducible and transparent and increasing its societal impact.

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    Remember to take advantage of Aalto University open access agreements with publishers!

    Free of charge or discounted open access option for Aalto affiliated submitting corresponding authors.
    RDM & Open Science training
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    The Publication Forum (JUFO) panels decided on a total of about 1500 new upgrades to levels 2 and 3. The classification of book publishers will tighten from 2024. logo
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    Increase your visibility by creating a profile on the national portal

    The new profile tool of portal is open for beta access. You can choose what information you want to display in your profile from ORCID, your home organization and research outputs in

    Open access agreements with publishers

    Take advantage of the open access agreements we have with publishers! Under the agreements, Aalto affiliated corresponding authors can publish their articles without open access fees (APC) or get discounts on them.

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    Researcher Identification and Research Profiles

    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.

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    Research and Innovation Services

    Research Services, Innovation Ecosystem Services and Academic Legal Services support the research staff and Aalto management.

    People in Faculty Club and Researcher's Profile Tool

    The National Research Information Hub and portal offer a single source access to information on science and research in Finland. logo
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