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Open science - publishing & managing research data: Open Access publishing

Open Access publishing

Open access (OA) means free online access to research articles. There are several types of open access publishing. One type is to publish in a open access journal (Gold OA). Parallel publishing is one form of open access publishing (Green OA). Parallel publishing or self-archiving means that researchers publish their work also in an open digital repository of their own university (LUTPub). Articles published in printed scientific journals can usually be published also in open digital repositories.

One form of open access publishing is to publish in an open access journal which charges article processing fees (APCs). When you publish Open Access article with APC fee and the article is published under Creative Commons (CC) license, publisher’s version can be self-archived.

Several research funders have started to demand open access publishing. For example all projects receiving Horizon 2020 funding have to publish all their peer reviewed journal articles open access. Finnish Academy is recommending that all research work done with public funding should be published in open access repositories like LUTPub.

Publisher´s permission is required for parallel publishing. Usually publishers allow parallel publishing. Researcher can check publisher's policy easily from Sherpa-Romeo –service. Also publishers´ webpages can contain information about their policies. The policy determines the version of the article which can be self-archived.

 Open access publishing in LUT:

  • Researchers will publish their articles in that scientific forum which is best for the university and for the researcher´s own career.
  • University is recommending that all research articles should also be published in LUTPub Repository from the beginning of 2015.
  • If it is essential to publish an article in an Open Access journal which has article processing charges these fees should be included in the research budget.
  • Research publications should be available open access as soon as possible.  According to European Commission research articles should be openly available latest 6 months from publishing (or 12 months in humanistic and  social sciences).
  • Bachelor theses, Master theses, Pro gradu theses and dissertations are already published in LUTPub Repository. Academic library guides researchers in open access publishing and arranges training.
  • Open Science is included in the syllabus of LUT Doctoral School.