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Open access at Turku University of Applied Sciences

Turku University of Applied Sciences encourages open access publishing, and self-archiving is part of the processes at Turku UAS. The Turku UAS publication series and other UAS channels are also focused on open access publishing.

Other publications written by Turku UAS staff are self-archived to be permanently available for everyone in the Turku UAS open access repository Theseus, when publisher policies allow.

What is open access?

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Open access (OA) means that scholarly publications should be permanently available online for free, so the higher education community and everyone interested can read and use them.

Open access is part of Open Science that covers the entire research process from research plans to research data and outputs, which includes publications. Open access principles were recorded for the first time in the 2002 Budapest Open Access Initiative.

National policies of open research include open access policies, for example the Policy for Open Access to Scholarly Publications. It defines the strategic principles, objectives, and action plans for scholarly publications necessary to achieve the objectives set out in the Declaration for Open Science and Research 2020-2025 which Turku UAS has committed to as a signatory.

In addition to the national declaration Turku UAS has signed these international declarations: Plan S, DORA (San Francisco Declaration of Research Assessment), and CoARA (Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment).

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Open Science is the goal

The Open Science movement strives to make all research outputs, publications, data, and methods, openly accessible for everyone, within the limits set by research ethics and legislation. The goal is to increase the quality, reliability, visibility, and societal impact of research, as well as to promote cooperation and new innovations.

Turku University of Applied Sciences promotes open science and research. This means having an open operational culture, and using open approaches and the principles set in the National Reference Architecture for Open Science in research, development, and innovation activities (RDI) in Turku University of Applied Sciences.

The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies is responsible for coordinating open science in Finland. The work is funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.

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

Benefits of Open Access

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

  • Increasing research cooperation and interaction.
  • Increasing open access of RDI outputs, and growth in businesses' innovation activities.
  • Increasing the impact of funding.
  • Open availability fosters decision-making based on research data.
  • Findability of open access articles with search engines is good, and as a result the likelihood of being cited by others increases.

The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture encourages open access publishing through their funding model for universities of applied sciences: From 2021, OA publications in publication categories A–E receive a weighted coefficient of 1.2.

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About the guide

This guide has Turku UAS's instructions on open access. Among others, the following themes are covered:

  • What does open access (OA) mean?
  • How to publish open access?
  • What are the Turku UAS recommendations on OA publishing?
  • How do I report my publications for the Ministry of Education and Culture's data collection, and self-archive them?
  • How can we promote the visibility and findability of research and publications?

Contact us

Contact our experts on collecting data on publications by email julkaisutiedonkeruu@turkuamk.fi

Contact our experts on open access publishing by email openscience@turkuamk.fi.

We are happy to help!

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