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LUT guide to publishing: Scientific Publishing

Scientific Publishing

The objective of the research process is to make university's research results subject to public evaluation by the scientific community and available to be used in research and teaching. The research results are published for example in scientific journals and conference proceedings.

Research includes openness and comparability. Open Access publishing is today an essential part of the publishing process. In its strategy LUT is committed to promote open science. Opening e.g. publications and research data increases the visibility of an individual researcher and whole university, improves networking opportunities for researchers and increases citations over time.

In addition to scientific journals, books and conference proceedings research reports and other documents can be published also in LUT's own LUT Scientific and Expertise Publications and Acta Universitatis Lappeenrantaensis publication series'. These series are almost entirely in electronic form in the LUTPub repository. LUTPub is also a repository for parallel published manuscripts of the scientific publications in accordance with the Open Science and Research Policy for LUT Universities.

The metadata of the publications published by the LUT researchers is gathered to the LUT Research Portal. The publication data is reported to the national research information hub and the final publication data of all Finnish research organizations can be viewed and searched from the Research.fi service. Each year the ministry of education and culture in Finland collects comprehensive data on the university's publishing activities from this research information hub.

The university and schools set qualitative and quantitative goals for publishing activity that govern publishing. The amount and quality of the publication forum classified publications is one criterion in the universities' funding model.

Openness in Publishing

  • LUT is committed to the principles of openness in its strategy and action plans. These responsibilities and actions are compiled to the Open Science and Research Policy for LUT Universities.
  • LUT recommends that all research articles and publications are parallel published (self-archived) in the LUTPub repository following the publishers' requirements for e.g. licences, embargo periods or manuscript versions.
  • The internal publication bonus is paid only for open access publications.
  • The dissertations, master's and bachelor's theses and the publication series of LUT are published openly in the LUTPub repository.
  • If it is essential to publish in an Open Access journal that require Article Processing Charges (APC) these fees should be included in the research budget. Read more: LibGuide for APC's.
  • LUT Academic Library advises, guides and organizes training for open access publishing.
  • Open science education is included in the LUT Doctoral School curriculum.

Reporting Publications in LUT

Authors are responsible for reporting their own publications to LUT Research Portal (Converis). The library staff will validate all reported publications.