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Open access: Front page

The LibGuides of the Tritonia Academic Library, Aalto University, and Universities of Oulu and Helsinki have been utilised in drafting this guide.

Open Access Publishing (Open publishing, OA publishing)

Open science has become more common in Finland and all over the world. Several major international funders of science (EU, OECD, UNESCO) encourage towards open science and open access of scientific information. Along with the increase in mandates on parallel publishing, several publishers allow the self-archiving of final draft versions on personal websites or in an open access repository.

Open access (OA) refers to open access to scientific information and its free use, reuse and application.

Open Access recommendations:

In addition to Europe and North America, other parts of the world are also well represented in open access publishing. Most OA publications are published in the United States, Great Britain, Brazil, Pakistan, India, Romania, Turkey and Korea. Especially other than English-speaking countries are highly active in OA. Through open access, you can also find so-called grey literature, such as conference papers, dissertations and other theses.

Open Publishing in the University of Turku


According to the Publication Policy of the University of Turku open access must be granted to the scientific publications produced at the University if allowed by the terms of the publisher. The open access principles apply to everyone conducting research at the University of Turku and the researchers using the University of Turku as an affiliation.

UTUPub is the open institutional repository of the University of Turku. UTUPub collections consist of graduate theses from the university; dissertations, licentiate theses, master's theses, and abstracts of the master's theses. In addition to theses other publications published by the faculties and departments of the University of Turku are stored in the repository, e.g. reports, research papers, course materials and conference proceedings.

The Research Information System is the publication platform used at the University of Turku.

How Does the Researcher Benefit from Open Access Publishing?

  • The visibility and accessibility of research are improved.
  • Search engines find open access articles well.
  • Probability of being cited increases.
  • The quality of research improves.
  • In open access publishing the author retains the copyright.

Open Access Publishing in Finland and Nordic Countries

Major research funders in Finland require (e.g. European CommissionAcademy of Finland and Tekes) open access publishing in the projects they fund.
More information on the open access publishing of the Finnish universities e.g.

More information on the development of open access publishing in the Nordic countries in NordForsk's Open access in the Nordic countries - how far have we come?  report.

Open Access Publishing

Different ways of open access publishing:

  • publishing an article in an open access journal (Golden OA)
  • making an article freely accessible in a journal that requires a subscription fee by paying an article processing charge (Hybrid OA)
  • publishing an article in an OA repository (with the permission of the publisher)
  • publishing an article on personal website (self-archiving, with the permission of the publisher)
  • parallel publishing an article or final draft version in University's own publication archive (Green OA, requires the permission of the publisher)
  • articles are freely available through the publisher after an embargo period (Delayed OA)

When looking for information on Green OA journals, it should be kept in mind that the articles are not necessarily the peer-reviewed final draft versions

Individual researcher's articles can be stored in several different repositories. A solution to this problem is, for example, ORCID, which offers authors a permanent identifier that can be used to link the publications in different systems and repositories.

Open access directories:


Publishing your research

Alexandrine Cheronet, Springer: Publishing Your Research: “Writing a scientific paper and submitting to the right journal"
Wednesday 22nd of November, at 10am—12 AM, Educarium, EDU1.

- see the lecture in Echo360-service

Contact information

Faculty of Humanities: Katri Ojaniemi (history, culture and arts studies) and Mika Sarlin (languages, linguistics & translation studies)
Faculty of Education: Mikko Pennanen
Turku School of Economics: Tuulia Salovaara
Faculty of Medicine: Jouni Leinonen
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences: Anna-Kaarina Linna
Faculty of Law: Johanna M. Viitanen
Faculty of Social Sciences: Mikko Pennanen