Open science

Open science principles at the University of Vaasa

Openness is an essential part of science. It improves the quality and reliability of research. Openness makes research more transparent.

Openly publishing research results and sharing data are key parts of open science. In general, openness increases the visibility and impact of research. Citations made to published articles and data lead to academic merit for researchers.

Opening up research processes and methods makes research more visible and creates new opportunities for research collaboration.

The open science principles of the University of Vaasa cover open publishing of research results and data. The principles support the diffusion of research knowledge among researchers and throughout society.

Publications

The rules for responsible conduct of research must be adhered to when publishing research results.

Researchers are encouraged to publish their results in high-quality, peer-reviewed publications. Researchers are also encouraged to publish their results in open access channels.

There are two recommended ways to make articles open:

- Parallel publishing, green open access: the article is stored in an organizational repository, a repository intended for a specific discipline, or a general-purpose repository for scientific publications

- Open access publishing, gold open access: open access publications are available free of charge. The costs of open access publishing are known as article processing charges (APC). These charges should be noted in the early phase of research planning.

The University of Vaasa does not recommend hybrid publishing, whereby open access to an article is purchased in a subscription-fee-based publication.

Legal aspects related to open publishing, such as copyright, should be agreed in good time before publishing. For example, in parallel publishing, the permission of other authors and publishers is required. Tritonia Academic Library serves researchers in obtaining permission.

The University of Vaasa and Tritonia Academic Library provide support and training in open publishing.

The University of Vaasa recommends that researchers acquire an ORCID identifier to distinguish themselves from other researchers and provide automatic links between researchers and their professional activities.

Research data

The University of Vaasa encourages researchers to publish and share their research data.

The rules for responsible conduct of research must be adhered to when publishing research data.

Laws and regulations affect the publication of data. For example, privacy protection and information security should be considered when publishing research data.

Issues related to the copyright, such as who owns the data, should be agreed in good time before the research work starts. In research projects, the principal investigator makes the decision on whether to open up the data. In free research, the decision is made by the researcher.

When the data is in active research use, it can be stored on the University’s servers. After the research has ended, national services can be utilized to store data. National services are recommended for long-term data preservation.

The University of Vaasa and Tritonia Academic Library provide support and training in research data management as well as on topics related to opening up and publishing research data.