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Open science


One of the Academy of Finland’s science policy objectives is to promote open science. The Academy is also committed to promoting the practices outlined in the Open Science and Research Roadmap 2014–2017 and to considering open science promotion in providing funding for research projects.

We require that Academy-funded projects commit to open access publishing. We urge projects to make their research data and methods freely available. The goal is to make research publications, data and material, metadata and methods widely available for further use. If researchers follow the principles of open science, they must do so with due consideration of research ethics and the judicial environment.

Open access publishing

The Academy of Finland is keen to stress the importance of quality in scientific publishing. We require that Academy-funded researchers make sure that publications produced with Academy funding are made openly available, where possible, by storing parallel copies in machine-readable formats in suitable repositories or databases. The publications should be available free of charge.

Articles can also be published in open access publication series, whereby the publisher is responsible for making the articles openly available. We recommend that researchers publish articles following either green or gold open access.

Green open access means that researchers publish their articles in traditional subscription-based scientific journals and deposit parallel copies in online open access repositories. The Academy does allow for an embargo period following the practices of international funders. The embargo is no more than six months, except in the humanities and social sciences where it is no more than twelve months[1].

Gold open access means that a publication is immediately provided in open access mode by the scientific publisher. In this case, the publisher may charge an open access fee (article processing charge). This fee may be included in the research costs of the project. A parallel copy of the article should also be deposited in an open access repository.

The Academy does not recommend that researchers publish their work in hybrid open access journals. Hybrid journals may charge both an open access fee and a subscription fee.

Academy funding is also available for research costs arising from publishing of research results. This funding is applied for on the online form under Funding for the project/Services and justified in the research plan.

Open data

The Academy of Finland requires that applications to be submitted to the Academy include a data management plan for the research project or research infrastructure concerned. The plan should describe the following:

  • how the project proposes to obtain and use its research data
  • how the rights of ownership and usage to the data used and generated by the project are distributed
  • how the data produced will be stored and subsequently made available
  • how the data will be made available to other researchers both during the project and after the project has ended.

We recommend that principal investigators of Academy-funded research projects also store their research data and make them available through major national or international archives or storage services that are important in their own fields, such as:

More information on open science

Last modified 11 Aug 2015
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