OPEN SCIENCE KIOSK on every Campus October 24-27


Venues & Time
City Centre Campus

Tue 24.10.2017 11.00-13.00 Porthania, lobby Yliopistonkatu 3

Meilahti Campus
Tue 24.10.2017 11.00-13.00 Biomedicum Helsinki 1 lobby, Haartmaninkatu 8

Kumpula Campus
Tue 24.10.2017 11.00-13.00 Physicum, lobby Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2

Viikki Campus
Fri 27.10.2017 11.00-13.00 Biocenter 3, Viikinkaari 1

To whom?

Researcher, lecturer or student: You are welcome to meet our experts whether you just want to discuss matters concerning Open Access or get more detailed advice.


Want to get yourself an ORCID id and link it with your TUHAT profile? Aiming to publish your research or thesis open access? Wish to hear more about discounts on APCs library has negotiated? Or is it about the data: Do you hope to manage your data / write a Research Data Management Plan?

Come and challenge us & explore the possibilities!


Rapid Transition To Open Access Publishing Essential

The proliferation of open access publishing models in academic publication provides researchers and the academic community with opportunities to share and access academic information faster and more flexibly than before. Finnish institutions of higher education and research institutes are currently negotiating with academic publishers to enable the efficient use of open publication methods. “Our goal is to simultaneously ensure that the overall costs of academic publication do not increase,” states Mikael Laakso, assistant professor at the Hanken School of Economics and member of the strategy group for the negotiations.

Libraries pave the way for researchers towards open access (Picture by Jussi Männistö)
Libraries pave the way for researchers towards open access (Picture by Jussi Männistö)

The Ministry of Education and Culture has stated as its goal that Finland will become one of the leading countries in the openness of science and research by 2017. “To reach this goal, we must rapidly transition from subscription-based licensing agreements towards new, open access publishing models,” says Laakso.

Overlapping expenses must be minimised

Currently, institutions of higher education and research institutes pay for academic publications through subscription fees. In an open access model, the author or the author’s organisation pays for the publication of an article. The overall expenses of publication must be examined, as particularly large publishers currently favour hybrid publication, in which a researcher whose article has been accepted for publication in a subscription-based journal can pay a separate publication fee to make his or her article open access. It is important for researchers to publish in journals which are esteemed by the academic community, even if making the article open access requires a separate fee. This model of article fees, however, generates overlapping expenses, unless the publisher correspondingly lowers the subscription fees for the journals in question.

The National Library’s FinELib consortium, which represents institutions of higher education and research institutes in the negotiations, has insisted that the hybrid model, which involves both subscriptions and article fees, be considered an interim solution on the way to full open access publishing. During this transition period it is essential that overlapping expenses from the new open access model and the old subscription model are minimised.

Aiming for a contract with integrated support for open access publishing

The subscription fees for academic journals represent an annual expense of about €23 million for institutions of higher education and research institutes. The exact costs of open access publishing are unknown as they are not monitored in Finland on a national level. However, according to estimates from the project Tieteen avoin julkaiseminen (Open Publication of Science in Finland), in 2014 Finnish universities paid at least €1 million to publish open access articles, and these expenses are on the rise.

Open access models which would be both financially sustainable and easy for researchers are currently also being sought internationally. At the moment, several international campaigns promoting open access are underway, including the Christmas is over campaign organised by the League of European Research Universities and undersigned by several Finnish institutions of higher education. Dutch universities, for example, have been able to negotiate package deals with the major publishers Springer and Wiley which facilitate open access publishing.

Libraries to support open access

Researchers can find support for open access publishing from the library of their organisation as well as the many open access resources online, such as:

Open Access (Helsinki University Library)

Open Access and Aalto University

Open Access instructions in Finnish (University of Eastern Finland)

The Open Science and Research Initiative

Further information:

Vice-Rector Keijo Hämäläinen, University of Helsinki, chair of the strategy group for the contract negotiations, tel. 029 415 0640,

Assistant Professor Mikael Laakso, Hanken School of Economics, member of the strategy group for the contract negotiations, tel. 050 9100 864,

FinELib on Twitter

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


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.