Happy birthday dear arXiv!

ArXiv celebrates its´ 25th birthday 14th August. Open access archive arXiv serves the researchers of physics, astronomy, computer science and mathematics as they can free of charge submit scientific papers for the discussion. The anniversary truly gives cause for celebration, as an open archive by the end of last year has collected 139 million works whereas papers have been opened more than a million times.

ArXiv´s user survey published in June collected 36 000 responses. A clear majority of respondents to the survey would like to keep an archive mainly the way it is, although some features, such as development of the search functionality, were seen crucial. Also development of research data archiving was pointed out as an important development line.

The vast majority of the users say arXiv should stick to what it is good at: That is to share researchers´ papers openly and rapidly. However, the pressure of a technical modernization of the archive and the expansion of the financial base is high. Currently mainly libraries and a charitable foundation finance arXiv. Also Helsinki University Library participates in arXiv´s operation and maintenance. Advisory boards of arXiv meet in September to make guidelines on the future of the archive.

Read more:

Van Noorden, Richard (2016): ArXiv preprint server plans multimillion-dollar overhaul. Nature Vol 534, Issue 7609. doi:10.1038/534602a
Rieger, Oya Y. (2016) arXiv User Survey Report : arXiv@25: Key Findings of the User Survey.

Brexit or Bremain? – Oxford University Press offers free access to resources regarding some major debates

The editors of Oxford Public International Law have begun a series of debate maps indexing discussions by scholars on the public international law aspects of some major debates. The material is freely available and contains treaties and relevant articles.

On the webpage:

  • Legal resources on the Brexit
  • Israel-Gaza Wars 2008-2014
  • Use of Force in Ukraine
  • Legal Resources on the South and East China Seas
  • Legal Resources on the International Criminal Court
  • Legal Resources on the Use of Force against Syria
  • Other page: Free access to OUP resources on refugee law
Brexit cartoon by Gwydion M Williams CC-BY 2 0 via Flickr
“Brexit cartoon” by Gwydion M. Williams CC-BY-2.0 via Flickr

Open by default: Open Access guide for researchers

Wondering where to publish Open Access or how to cope with all the demands of openness by the research funders? How can an individual researcher publish openly? And what do we mean in the first place when we talk about Open Access publishing?

You can now reach it all with one click:

Open Access: Guide for Researchers is aimed to those looking for practical guidance on Open Access policies and possibilities (inc. self-archiving) at the University of Helsinki.

Should any questions arise, feel free to use this e-mail address:


Read more:
Open Science and Research
Open Scholarship
SPARC Europe

Our OA-guide is also available in Finnish:

ResearchGuides – Library’s information sources from various research fields, expert librarians and help guides


Get your feet wet in Open Science on 20.10.2015

Would you like to know more about open science and data management? The University of Helsinki organizes an Open Access Workshop on Tuesday 20th October. The workshop gives an opportunity for young researchers to get to know more about data management and green open access. You’ll also have an opportunity to consult an international data service team.

The workshop is a part of an International Open Access week whose aim is to promote unrestricted access to academic publishing.

Open science belongs to everyone

Photo: Veikko Somerpuro
Photo: Veikko Somerpuro

The Open Science Workshop day begins with six presentations on open science. Speakers include specialists from CSC, and Lars Holm Nielsen, who is a software engineer at CERN and developer of Zenodo, an innovative research data management service. Ivo Grigorov from Denmark will speak on the effects of Horizon 2020 on Open Science.

After the presentations there will be several different workshops with topics such as how to make a data management plan, research data and open access, how to find the most suitable data repository and describing and sharing research data.

The Open Science Workshop will be held at the University of Helsinki learning environment Minerva Plaza at Siltavuorenpenger 5 A. The event starts at 10 am and is in English.

The workshop is fully booked at the moment, but you can ask about cancellations by e-mail openaccess-info@helsinki.fi

Program and additional information

Presentation materials can be found here after the workshop:

Supported by: EU FOSTER project


Support Open Access now! – arXiv starts a campaign

arXiv is an Open access repository of over one million e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics. University of Helsinki is one of the top benefiters and users of this repository in the Nordic countries.


arXiv’s sponsoring baseline maintenance costs are covered with support from 183 member libraries amongst them Helsinki University Library and Simons Foundation, as well as the main organizer, Cornell University Library. Fund raising pilot between 10th and 19th September enables researcher community or an individual supporter to make a donation to ensure the development of this tremendous archive.

Read more about arXiv:
arXiv at Univeristy of Helsinki (Memeber Advisory Board meeting, Eva Isaksson)

HELDA ranks 54th on the international list of digital repositories

HELDA, the digital repository of the University of Helsinki, ranks 54th on the global list of publication archives.

Main reasons for the good placement on the list are visibility and high-quality contents. Visibility on this ranking list is determined simply by the quantity of links leading to HELDA.  As to contents, the most important factor is the number of scientific articles in the repository. The articles are counted with the help of Google Scholar –service.

HELDA is an open digital repository, maintained by the Helsinki University Library’s web-services. University members can save to the archive publications such as parts of research material and theses that are openly and publicly accessible. The object of HELDA is to enhance the visibility, use and impact of the university’s research publications.

The” Ranking Web of World repositories” is an initiative of the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the largest public research body in Spain.