Open science and research

Open Access Publishing

Make your scientific publications - journal articles, monographs, proceedings and conference papers - freely accessible on the Internet. Your work is then accessible for everyone without restrictions and not just to those who have paid for subscriptions.

Aalto University aims to publish all publications according to open access principles and requires that all peer-reviewed scientific articles and conference papers will be parallel published in Aalto University repository, unless they are published as open access and unless parallel publishing conflicts with the rights of publishers or other authors.
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Benefits of open access 

The greatest benefit of open access is that it enables rapid and wide dissemination of research results. It means more readers, more potential collaborators and more citations for your work. Open Access publications get more visibility than publications that are not openly available online. The wider the audience that can access and build upon the latest research, the more likely the research benefits the whole society. 

Help and support: [email protected] (Open Science and ACRIS team)

How to publish open access in Aalto University

When making your research results open access, you can choose to publish:

  1. in a fully open access journal (gold open access)
  2. through our transformative agreements open access in a hybrid journal, or
  3. by depositing a copy of your article in an open access repository (green open access, also called self-archiving or parallel publishing).
    1. Self-archiving is carried out as a service in Aalto University. Please read more at ACRIS, open access publishing and manuscript service.

Funder's requirements on open access publishing:

  1. Please always check Funders' open science requirements before submitting your manuscript to a journal. Funders may have requirements related to the immediate open access publishing and use of open licenses, and the requirements may vary between the funding terms.
  2. Plan S principles are applied to Academy of Finland and Horizon Europe funding calls opened in 2021 onwards. You can use the Journal Checker tool to search for Plan S compliant journals. 

General instructions for your publishing process:

  1. Choosing a quality publication channel: How to choose a scientific publication for your research
  2. Making a publishing agreement with a journal: Publishing agreements
  3. If the journal asks you to add information about your research data: Data availability statements
  4. If the journal has an open access fee (APC), please check our agreements with publishers: Open Access Agreements with Publishers
    1. Our open access agreements are Plan S compliant transformative agreements and include possibility to publish open access in hybrid journals.
  5. Choosing a license for your open access material: Open content licenses - Creative Commons

In any questions, please don't hesitate to contact [email protected] (Open Science and ACRIS team)

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ACRIS, open access publishing and manuscript service

Instructions on open access publishing in ACRIS

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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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Plan S

Plan S is an open access initiative launched by the EU Commission and Science Europe. At its core is the objective that, in calls starting from 1 January 2021, all scholarly articles resulting from public research funding must be published in open access journals or on open access platforms.

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How to choose a scientific publication for your research

Publishing in a high-quality publication channel will increase the impact of research.

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Publishing agreements

In publishing agreements, authors agree on copyright issues, such as the principles of authorship and terms for open access publishing and self-archiving (green open access). Researchers should make sure that terms either offer immediate gold open access or allow for green open access agreed upon with the funding bodies.

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Open content licenses - Creative Commons

CC licenses let creators and copyright owners give permission in advance for certain uses of their material. The various license terms define the ways in which users can legally share, modify, or build upon a copyrighted work without the need to ask the owner/ creator for permission. 

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Data availability statements

With data availability statements you are able tell about your data and its possible availability to the readers.

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Open access terminology

Definitions of key concepts of open access publishing.

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Funders' open science requirements

Research funders want to promote open science and research, which is why they set requirements for the openness of research publications and data they are funding. European Commission (EC) and Academy of Finland are participating in the open access initiative Plan S, which affects the open access and open data requirements in calls starting in 2021.

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