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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Open Science support contacts

Last year 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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Unite! fosters open science and builds a community of open science support persons

Unite! universities explored emerging perspectives about new open science practices, principles and goals at the Open Science Summer School that took place at Aalto University on 7-9 June, 2022.
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Aalto RDM & Open Science Training Attracted 2,800 Registrations This Academic Year

The webinars continue to be highly rated and most are already publicly available on YouTube.
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Open Access Publishing Is the Predominant Publishing Method at Aalto University – From 13% to 82% in Eight Years

We have come a long way since Aalto University published its first open access recommendation in 2014.
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Aalto University boosts bold and new transdisciplinary research projects 

13 interdisciplinary teams got internal seed funding for research that boldly pushes existing boundaries and contributes to creating a radically new kind of future

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Open access agreements with publishers

Take advantage of the open access agreements we have with the publishers. Under the agreements, Aalto affiliated corresponding authors can publish their articles without the 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.

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