Open Access Publishing
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.
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.
- Aalto University aims to publish all publication types according to open access principles and to do so by recommending publishing in open access channels or by parallel publishing (green open access).
Hybrid open access is acceptable only as a part of a transformative agreement. When possible, researchers should adopt the Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 -license for open access publications.
- Aalto University requires that all peer-reviewed scientific articles and conference papers be parallel published (green open access) in the Aalto University repository if this does not conflict with the rights of publishers or other authors. Aalto University ensures the preservation of publications in the Aalto University repository.
Aalto University researchers are requested to email a link to repository or a copy of the final accepted manuscript to [email protected] once the publication is accepted and the co-authors’ consent to parallel publishing is confirmed. This is not needed if the publications are made openly accessible in open access or hybrid journals.
- Most doctoral and master’s theses are openly accessible in the Aalto University repository.
- As a member of the FinELib consortium, Aalto University aims to secure open access agreements or discounts on article processing charges (APCs) with publishers.
- Authors have a responsibility to evaluate the integrity, practices and reputation of the journals to which they submit manuscripts
- Predatory or pseudo journals pose as scholarly open access journals. Researchers need to be aware of these and refrain from submitting to them. Acting as a reviewer or being a part of the journal board of such journals is considered ethical misconduct (misleading the scientific community). Authors are advised to check the Publication Forum for information about such journals.
How to publish open access in Aalto University
When making your research results open access, you can choose to publish:
- in a fully open access journal (gold open access)
- through our transformative agreements open access in a hybrid journal, or
- by depositing a copy of your article in an open access repository (green open access, also called self-archiving or parallel publishing).
- 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:
- 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.
- 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:
- Choosing a quality publication channel: How to choose a scientific publication for your research
- Making a publishing agreement with a journal: Publishing agreements
- If the journal asks you to add information about your research data: Data availability statements
- If the journal has an open access fee (APC), please check our agreements with publishers: Open Access Agreements with Publishers
- Our open access agreements are Plan S compliant transformative agreements and include possibility to publish open access in hybrid journals.
- 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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.