Open Science

Open Science

What is Open Science?

Open Science is a movement whose purpose is to publish scientific research in open access, so that it reaches all citizens. Open Access to scientific information consists of publishing and/or depositing scientific production on the network, respecting 3 considerations:

  • The exploitation rights aren't assigned to third parties (publishers)
  • Free access must be guaranteed through repositories
  • Content reuse is facilitated through Creative Commons licenses 

The Open Acces (OA) emerged as an initiative whose purpose was to offer information as a common good for society, as an alternative to the traditional method of publishing by publishers and to promote the use of new technologies. 

If you deposit your scientific publications in a repository you can get:

Immediate availability and wide visibility Recoverable content standardized metadata, through scientific servers Wide dissemination and the possiblity of inclusion in international directories Increased impact on statistics and metrics Preserving documentation and accessing it through unique and persistent identifiers

IQS Library recommends you...

In compliance with the provisions of the Foment de l'accés obert a la Universitat Ramon Llull, we recommend and help you to publish your scientific research in Open Access. 

Currently, agreements have been negotiated with the publishers Frontiers, Elsevier, Springer Nature, Wiley and the American Chemical Society (ACS). The Universitat Ramon Llull, as part of the transformative agreement, has signed an Open Access Agreement with several publishers, which will allow URL research staff to publish in selected journals without paying APC fees. Publish in Open Access
Universitat Ramon Llull, following the recommendations of the European University Associationundertakes that members of its academic community deposit their academic publications (journal articles, thesis, papers, communications, scientific and technical documents, books, etc.) in a repository in open access. URL provides you the institutional RECERCAT repository to deposit your scientific publications, from the moment of publication and up to 6 months later, at most. RECERCAT Repository, what is?
Also, you dispose the eiNa DMP tool to produce your Data Management Plan (DMP), in the case you must put forward the research data, following the FAIR principle, of your research project. eiNa DMP, how it works?

Why do you have to publish or deposit in OA?

You should keep in mind that if your research has been funded with public funds, it will be a mandatory requirement:

 If you have any questions or need help publishing your articles on Open Acces, contact IQS Library.

How can I publish or deposit it in OA?

Green route The published article or final version of the peer-reviewed manuscript is archived or deposited in a digital repository before, at the time, or just after publication. In some cases, publishers request than access to the document be after an embargo period has elapsed. This model is also known as "self-archiving".
Golden route The article is immediately published in an open access journal. In this model, the payment for the publication isn't with the readers, but on the authors. The most common business model is the Article Processing Charges (APCs), which are usually borne by the university / institution or by the agency that funds the research.

Traditional system

The traditional system is the commonly established model, where the reader pays to be able to consult the article. In this model, publishers decide, through their open access policies, whether an article can be deposited in a repository and which version can be archived (pre-print, post-print, or published version). 


Open Access repositories

Repositories are digital systems where different documents are deposited for preservation and access to them, where information is controlled by metadata and for all this information to be easily recoverable. With Open Access repositories, information can be viewed freely and can even be reused with Creative Commons licenses.

The Open Access repositories in which IQS Library participates are cooperative repositories, coordinated by the Consorci de Serveis Universitaris de Catalunya (CSUC):