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Guide to Open Access: Home

About the guide

This guide contains Turku UAS’ instructions on open access. In the guide, for instance, the following themes will be covered:

  • What do we mean by open access?
  • How to publish open access?
  • What are the recommendations of Turku UAS on open access publishing?
  • How do I submit my publication for the reporting of the Ministry of Education and Culture (MINEDU) and self-archive it?
  • How can the visibility and findability of research and publications be promoted?

Open Science is the goal

The aim of Open Science is to make all research outputs, research data and research methods openly accessible for everyone, within the within the limits of research ethics and legislation. Open science actions are to enhance the quality, reliability, visibility and societal impact of research as well as promote cooperation and creation of new innovations.

Turku University of Applied Sciences promotes open science and research. This refers to an open operational culture and utilizing open models of operation and the principles of the National Reference Architecture of Open Science in the research, development and innovation activities (RDI) of Turku University of Applied Sciences.

The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, with the funding of the Ministry of Education and Culture, is responsible for coordinating open science in Finland.

Read more on the Declaration for Open Science and Research 2020 - 2025

Open access at Turku University of Applied Sciences

Turku University of Applied Sciences encourages open access publishing, and self-archiving is a process of Turku UAS. The focus is on open access publishing also in TUAS publishing series and other channels.

Publications by the TUAS staff are self-archived, according to permissions by publishers, to be accessed permanently and to be read by anyone interested in Turku UAS open access repository, Theseus.

What is open access?

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Open access (OA) refers to having the publications permanently accessible online free of charge, to be read and linked as full text by both the higher education community and everyone interested.

Open access is a part of open science, which includes the openness of the entire research process, from research planning to research data and outputs, including publications. The open access principles were compiled for the first time in 2002 in Budapest Open Access Initiative.

Policy for Open Access to Scholarly Publications outlines in detail the strategic principles, objectives and action plans necessary to achieve the objectives set out in the Declaration for Open Science and Research, in response to international declarations, such as Plan S and DORA (San Francisco Declaration of Research Assessment).

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Benefits of open access

Open access publishing promotes the visibility and accessibility of research. It has many benefits:

  • Increase in research cooperation and interaction.
  • Increase in open accessibility of RDI results, and growth of  businesses’ innovation activities.
  • Increase in impact of funding.
  • Openness promotes the decision-making based on research data.
  • Findability of open access articles with search engines is good, and as a result, the amount of citations is likely to increase.

Ministry of Education and Culture (​MINEDU) encourages open access publishing through a funding model: From 2021, open publications in catergories A–E get a weighting coefficient 1.2 in the funding model of universities of applied sciences.

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