New Commission guidance supports EU Member States in transition to Open Science

The European Commission has made a crucial step on the way to an Open Science system in which knowledge circulates freely, as soon as it is available, through digital and collaborative technology. The revised Recommendation on access to and preservation of scientific information, published today as part of the Digital Single Market package, lays out the blueprint for policies on open access to publications and data that the EU Member States can put in place.

The guidelines will give even better support to excellent research across Europe, which will in turn result in scientific, economic and social benefits for the Member States and the Union as a whole. To reap as many of these benefits as possible, it is especially important that open access policies are coordinated across the EU as part of the European Research Area.

Tracing data – data ci­ta­tion road­map for Fin­land

The data citation roadmap consists of an evaluation of the current situation, description of the target state and recommendations on measures that would lead from the current situation to the target state. It also presents an information model for data references. 

The roadmap has been produced by the Finnish Committee for Research Data (FCRD) in dialogue with other members of the Finnish research community. The Ministry of Education and Culture Open Science and Research Initiative has instigated and funded the work. 

Data citation is considered to be one of the core processes of an open scholarly research system. Thus far, data citation practices are poorly implemented worldwide, but once established, they are expected to facilitate the crediting of data work, providing attribution detail, facilitating access, fostering collaboration, and ensuring transparency and reproducibility of science and scholarship. Finland has an opportunity to set an example to other national research systems, thus solidifying our position as a global leader in open science. 

To ensure international interoperability the Tracing Data Project has used the FORCE11 Data Citation Synthesis Group: Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles (2014) as a key reference as well as a conceptual framework. The full declaration can be found at

Download the full roadmap.

UNIFI demands immediate Open Access

Universities Finland UNIFI considers it to be important that Open Access principles will be implemented quickly and therefore gives its full support to the FinELib consortium’s goals in the negotiations with international science publishers.

Promoting open publishing is in line with Open Science and Data Action Programme which was created under the guidance of UNIFI in Spring 2018. One of the key measures suggested in the Programme is producing a national open publication policy. As a part of this policy it is important to create a plan for the negotiations with international science publishers.

UNIFI states that open publishing should be advanced quickly. According to the European initiative Plan S, which was launched on 4th September 2018, publications resulting from research funded by public grants must be published in Open Access journals or on Open Access platforms by 2020.

UNIFI gives its full support to FinELib’s negotiation goals. They include, among other things, that researchers must have a possibility to publish their articles on Open Access platforms without supplementary costs. Also, it is important that open publishing will not increase the total costs resulting from scientific publishing and from the use of scientific journals. FinELib’s negotiation principles and UNIFI’s statement can be read here.

Plan S – Accelerating the transition to full and immediate Open Access to scientific publications

On 4 September 2018, a group national research funding organisation, with the support of the European Commission and the European Research Council (ERC), announced the launch of cOAlition S, an initiative to make full and immediate Open Access to research publications a reality. It is built around Plan S, which consists of one target and 10 principles.

cOAlition S signals the commitment to implement, by 1 January 2020, the necessary measures to fulfil its main principle: By 2020 scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants provided by participating national and European research councils and funding bodies, must be published in compliant Open Access Journals or on compliant Open Access Platforms.”

In addition:

  • Authors retain copyright of their publication with no restrictions. All publications must be published under an open license, preferably the Creative Commons Attribution Licence CC BY. In all cases, the license applied should fulfil the requirements defined by the Berlin Declaration;
  • The Funders will ensure jointly the establishment of robust criteria and requirements for the services that compliant high quality Open Access journals and Open Access platforms must provide;
  • In case such high quality Open Access journals or platforms do not yet exist, the Funders will, in a coordinated way, provide incentives to establish and support them when appropriate; support will also be provided for Open Access infrastructures where necessary;
  • Where applicable, Open Access publication fees are covered by the Funders or universities, not by individual researchers; it is acknowledged that all scientists should be able to publish their work Open Access even if their institutions have limited means;
  • When Open Access publication fees are applied, their funding is standardised and capped (across Europe);
  • The Funders will ask universities, research organisations, and libraries to align their policies and strategies, notably to ensure transparency;
  • The above principles shall apply to all types of scholarly publications, but it is understood that the timeline to achieve Open Access for monographs and books may be longer than 1 January 2020;
  • The importance of open archives and repositories for hosting research outputs is acknowledged because of their long-term archiving function and their potential for editorial innovation;
  • The ‘hybrid’ model of publishing is not compliant with the above principles;
  • The Funders will monitor compliance and sanction non-compliance.

More information: 

Negotiations with Taylor & Francis hit the wall

Negotiations between the FinELib consortium and Taylor & Francis ended with no positive results. The end of the negotiations means that access to Taylor & Francis journals will end on 1 February 2019.

“This is an unfortunate situation. We are ready to continue the negotiations, provided that the publisher sets more reasonable demands”, says Arja Tuuliniemi who is in charge of FinELib services. “Universities and research institutions in Finland are highly committed to promoting open access publishing. However, the change towards open access cannot mean that scientific publications become more expensive.”

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Additional time for negotiations with Wiley

The 2018 agreement between FinELib and Wiley will be extended until the end of 2019 under current terms and journal contents. This affords additional time for the negotiations to reach an agreement advancing open access.

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The revised Plan S principles and implementation guidance

cOAlition S released a revised version of the Plan S principles after receiving feedback from funders, publishers and the research community.

One of the key changes concerns delaying the starting time from 2020 to 2021 and clarifying the usage of digital repositories.

Read more: Plan S Revised Implementation Guidance (May 2019)

JYU joins Open APC

University of Jyväskylä joins Open APC as a first Finnish university.

The Open APC initiative releases open datasets on fees paid for open access journal articles by universities and research institutions.

Open APC is part of INTACT project by Bielefeld University & Max Planck Digital Library. It aims at establishing transparent and efficient procedures to manage article processing charges (APC) for open access publications. 

Intact Project: Transparent Infrastructure for Article Charges

Dutch copyright law helps open access

Dutch Copyright Act allows researchers to share short scientific works (e.g. articles & book chapters), regardless of any restrictive publishers' guidelines.

The Dutch universities have decided to give open access an extra boost from 2019 by starting a pilot. On the basis of the Taverne Amendment, the publishers' versions of short scientific works can be made available after six months via the university repository.

Read more: You share, we take care!

University of Jyväskylä supports Open Library of Humanities

Open Science Centre has joined Open Library of Humanities Partnership Subsidy program.

The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access
scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs). We are funded by an international
consortium of libraries who have joined us in our mission to make scholarly publishing fairer, more
accessible, and rigorously preserved for the digital future.

Further information:
University of Jyväskylä joins OLH LPS Model
Open Library of the Humanities - A better path to open access for the humanities

University of Jyväskylä joins Open Book Publishers' Library Membership Scheme


Cabells Whitelist and Blacklist available in JYU

Find journal info, evaluation metrics and submission details from Cabells.

Explore more than 11,000 qualified academic journals from the Whitelist to discover the perfect outlet for your research.

In response to the growing number of predatory publishers, the Blacklist aims to shine a light on the deceptive practices that threaten to undermine quality research.

Open access benefits and discounts in Sage and Taylor & Francis journals

The researchers of the University of Jyväskylä can publish their articles open access

For more information visit the Open science in JYU website.

Academy of Finland requires immediate open access publishing and develops its practices for responsible researcher evaluation

After 1 January 2021, the Academy of Finland will introduce a number of reforms concerning open access to scientific publications and responsible researcher evaluation.

  • From January 2021, funded projects must make research results open access immediately for everyone.
  • Instead of journal-based metrics (e.g. the impact factor of the journal), reviewers are primarily instructed to assess the quality of different research outputs, take into account the diversity of the research career and consider career breaks more clearly than before.

The guidelines for open access publishing and self-archiving in JYU can be found in Publishing policy of the University of Jyväskylä.

More information: Open Science in JYU

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Academy of Finland to adopt reforms to open access publishing and responsible researcher evaluation from beginning of 2021
Jyrki Hakapää: Latest developments towards open access to scientific publications

Researcher, take advantage of JYU’s open access benefits

Several Open Science Centre’s scholarly journal subscriptions include open access benefits. They enable corresponding authors to publish their articles openly – either with a discounted price or free of article processing charges (APC).

In addition, Open Science Centre has made direct agreements with some publishers to enable free or discounted APCs for researchers affiliated with JYU.

In 2021, you can have your article published open access free of charge in certain Elsevier, Oxford University Press, Sage, Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis and Wiley journals.

For more information, see Open access agreements for JYU

A new policy on Open Scholarship

The policy and the recommendations supports, facilitates and promotes the work researchers and organisations do for a greater openness in science and research.

Read more: A new policy on Open Scholarship

Academics of human sciences and in low income countries find pay-to-publish model unfavourable

  • International survey explored attitudes towards open access publishing model based on publishing fees.
  • Academics in human sciences and in low and lower-middle income countries are more critical towards the pay-to-publish model.
  • Researchers committed to self-archiving also have negative perception of open access publishing fees.

Read more: Segado-Boj, F., Prieto-Gutiérrez, J.-J. and Martín-Quevedo, J. (2022), Attitudes, willingness, and resources to cover article publishing charges: The influence of age, position, income level country, discipline and open access habits. Learned Publishing.


Open access publishing fees at University of Jyväskylä in 2021

Pay-to-publish model of open access publishing has gained popularity within past few years. The trend can be seen also in University of Jyväskylä where publishing costs have increased 70%. 

Read more from OSC Blog: Publishing costs at University of Jyväskylä in 2021

Concerns and answers around Open Access

Do you have concerns regarding the quality of open access journals or are you unaware what it means when choosing CC-licence for your work?

Eastern Arc has prepared a series answers to common OA concerns that academics and researchers across may have.

Read more: Open access: addressing your concerns

FinELib partners with the Open Library of Humanities

Open Library of Humanities is a not-for-profit diamond open access publisher funded by membership fees from subscribing libraries.

University of Jyväskylä has been a supporter of the Open Library of Humanities since 2019 and has now joined the three-year (2022-2024) agreement between FinELib and OLH together with three other universities.

Journals that have joined OLH include Glossa: a journal of general linquistics, Ethnologia Europaea, Architectural Histories as well as OLH's flagship journal, the multidisciplinary Open Library of Humanities Journal.

All authors regardless of their institutional affiliation can publish open access in OLH journals at no cost to themselves.

More information:

FinELib partners with the Open Library of Humanities

Open access publishing in Open Library of Humanities' journals

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