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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 enables collaboration and innovation.

By supporting the culture of open science within the research community, 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 metadata, research methods and software with storage solutions, and combining openess and commercialization.

Open access publishing

Aalto University has an Open Access Policy (see attachment), and instruction page regarding open access.  Aalto University requires that researchers make their peer reviewed  scientific publications openly available, in the form permitted by publishers, at its ACRIS research information system.

According to the decision by Vice President of Research, the opening of final accepted manuscripts (FAM) is carried out by service personnel in ACRIS (see attachment).

The duties of the researcher are:

  • The researcher shall ensure his or her co-author´s consent for parallel publishing in Aalto University’s repository, and
  • The researcher shall send the final accepted manuscript to [email protected] at the time of the acceptance of the publication.

The metadata of publications is integrated from ACRIS to Aaltodoc whose information is harvested by OpenAIRE. OpenAIRE provides open access infrastructure for research in Europe.

Most of the PhD dissertations are published openly and the full-text can be found in AaltoDoc.

Research data management (RDM) and open data

Aalto University's research data management policy defines the principles for opening up research data created with public funding, in order to ensure that it has a wide impact for the benefit of the society and achieves the strategic goals of Aalto University. See our Research Data Management pages and Aalto University's research data management policy attached below.

Even though you cannot open your research data in open repositories, you are required to register the metadata of your research data to ACRIS.

Combining openness and commercialization

Before initiating any publishing activity it’s essential to map and carefully consider  potential exploitation options, because once the result becomes known to public, it’s no longer possible to protect it by patenting (or as a trade secret).
 
In addition, any applicable funding terms need to be obeyed, and funding organization may require open access publishing. Open access publishing is one of the goals of Aalto University. We have developed our process of commercialization in a way that open access publishing can be achieved after the necessary steps needed for the early stages of commercialization, such as filing patent applications, is done. Timing and operations done in proper manner are the keys in achieving both the publishing and the goals of commercialization.

  • Read more about commercialization and intellectual property (IP) from the documents attached below.

Inventions resulting from research can be patented, protected with registered design or with a registered trademark. After the necessary intellectual property registrations are filed, the related scientific publications can be published using open access publishing models. Results such as software can be double licensed, that is, published with a license that allows use for non-commercial users and separate licensing for commercial uses.

Commercialization process can benefit from using open access tools and open access publishing strategies to attract customers. Collaboration using open source licensed software can be a base for the competitive advantage that provides income to a company.

  • Read about business strategies that use openness as a tool from the document Open Source Publishing in Business attached below.