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Open RDI at Karelia UAS: How to publish openly?

Tools for open access publishing

Creative Commons licence

Specify terms for using your publication with Creative Commons licence.

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Creative Commons licences allow you to share your work on conditions of your choice. By combining various conditions of the licences you can keep copyrights or share them with others, as you see fit.

Use Creative Commons licences for your research data to ensure openness of the entire research process.

Open Science and Research Initiative (2014-2017) recommends the use of Creative Commons licences CC0 or CC BY.

Visibility of research and researchers

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Open Researcher and Contributor ID ORCID is an international service which gives a researcher a permanent and unique digital identifier. It helps to differentiate researchers with the same name and to link research outcomes to the researcher. Also, publishers may link publications to ORCID ID and enter publication data to the ORCID database, where others can access them.

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Open access publishing options

Open access publishing means uploading a research paper or article on the Internet and granting rights to read, copy, print and link to the entire publication.

There are several options to publish openly:

Gold OA

The paper or article is  freely available online. An article processing charge (APC) may be applied. The APC can be paid by the author, his/her employer or research funder. Charges can be anything from ten euros up to thousands of euros. Some OA publications do not charge fees.

Green OA (self-archiving)

With publisher's permission, a copy of paper or article can be deposited in an institutional or field-specific repository, where it is freely available immediately or after an embargo period. The publisher may stipulate which version of the paper or article can be deposited. Self-archiving carries no charges for the author.

ResearchGate, Academia.edu, and other social networking sites are not considered self-archiving channels, because they do not meet the requirement for permanence, for example. Permissions for self-archiving can be checked on Sherpa/Romeo and publications' websites.

Hybrid OA

Hybrid OA refers to subscription journals which charge an extra fee to make a specific article open access while the remainder of the journal remains behind a paywall. The APC can be several thousand euros. Hybrid OA means double charging, for publishers charge both subscription fees and article processing charges for the same content.

Avoid paywalls: Unpaywall and DOAI

Despite the increase in open access publishing, most research articles still remain behind paywalls. If you've found an interesting article, but can't locate it in library's databases, try searching for the final draft version. Google Scholar is an excellent tool for this. In addition, you can try the following services utilizing the articles DOI (Digital Object Identifier).

Evaluating reliability of publication channels

The quality and reliability of a publication channel can be evaluated with the help of following services

Beware of predators!

Predatory open access publishing and publishers are a flip side of open access publishing. Predatory publishers utilise Golden OA by offering  readers research publication platforms which are free of charge.

These publishers charge authors unreasonable article processing fees and will publish practically anything. In practice, a proper peer review process isn't usually used. The names of publishers and the journals they publish can be very misleading. When researching the publisher further, a personal address can often be found behind the organisation.

If you receive an e-mail message from a publisher interested in publishing your conference paper, be wary. It's easy to tell most messages to be spam by style and language alone, but some can be very convincing. When in doubt, do a Google search on the publisher. Information on suspicious OA publishers to be avoided is readily available.

Useful links:

http://www.karelia.fi/fi/tutkimus-kehitys/avoin-tiede-ja-tutkimus