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20.5.2020 11:05

Open access availability of year 2019 publications has reached 73 %

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The open access percentage of peer-reviewed publications by the staff of the University of Oulu in 2019 has reached 73 %. In 2019, also peer reviewed publications from 2017 and 2018 have been entered into the Jultika repository, and the open access availability of publications from both these years has increased ca. 15 %, which can be considered an excellent achievement. The respective open access percentages are now 65 % for 2017 and 70 % for 2018. This increase has a positive effect for the funding of the university, as in the new funding model of the Ministry of Culture and Education open access publications in publication type categories A and C are assigned a coefficient of 1.2.

The numbers of both publications in open access journals and open access publications in hybrid journals has increased from 25 % to 34 % during the years 2017-2019. The increase in the number of the much criticized open access publications in hybrid journals can be at least partly explained by FinELib consortia agreements with publishers. In these agreements corresponding authors affiliated to the University of Oulu are eligible for discounted or free open access articles, and the journals included in the agreements are mainly hybrid model journals (see the list of publishers offering discounts for the staff of the University of Oulu in the Library’s Open access publishing guide). Self-archiving has increased the open access availability of publications by more than 50 % yearly, due in large part to the researchers’ increased initiative in submitting their publications for self-archival into the Jultika repository.

Excel table about the openness of publications of University of Oulu 2017-2019


Based on data gathered from the Juuli portal on the open access availability of publications from 2019, the University of Oulu is at present (13 May 2020) the second most open university, only 3 % behind the University of Jyväskylä. More information about the open access availability of the publications of Finnish universities can be found in Jyrki Ilva’s presentation in the National Library’s Missä mennään webinar (in Finnish) and in his articles in the Tietolinja journal (in Finnish) and in the Think Open blog (in Finnish).

The open access availability of peer-reviewed publications varies a lot between the faculties of the University of Oulu during the year 2019. It is still possible to make publications from 2019 open access by self-archiving them before the end of the 2020 publication data collection, and thus benefit from the coefficient assigned to open access publications in the Ministry of Culture and Education’s funding model.

Excel table about the openness of publications of University of Oulu faculties 2019


The library provides assistance to research units in the details of the self-archiving process if needed (openpublishing@oulu.fi). The easiest way to submit publications for self-archiving is via the online form.

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