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Publication strategies


Agreements with publishers

Open access to scientific publications is one of the cornerstones of Open Science. The scientific communication model is currently undergoing some changes, going from access to content by subscription to an open access model. Furthermore, more and more research funding agencies mandate that the results of the projects they finance to be in open access, for example, those that subscribe to Plan S, among which is the European Commission and that, therefore, impacts the Horizon Europe programme.

To facilitate the fulfilment of these mandates and increase the visibility of scientific production, the UPV is signing transformative agreements with the main academic publishers. On the other hand, other types of agreements have also been signed in order to reduce the cost of publishing in open access.

Publish in Open Access

Open Access provides free, unrestricted online access to scientific literature which involves depositing it in an open archive, permitting it to be read, downloaded, copied, distributed, printed, searched or linked to complete texts, with no financial, legal or technical barriers. For more information on Open Access and the advantages of this type of publication, see PoliScience. The Library receives discount coupons from some publishers for researchers to publish in open access, for example in the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

Funding agencies requirements regarding open access publishing

It is mandatory for beneficiaries of all public R+D+i grants from Spain and H2020, to deposit scientific publications in open access which are produced in the context of research funded by these programmes. In addition, the European Commission has launched a pilot programme where it is mandatory to deposit research data produced in the context of the projects in open access. If you have a research project and you have a grant from FP7, H2020, (Guía del participante Horizonte 2020 (Horizon 2020, Guide for participants), or Spain’s national plan, your publications must be available in open access. Before publishing:

  • Consult options for publishing in open access.

  • Consult the open access policy of journals and publishers, check that the embargo period is within the range permitted by the funding agency and ensure you can comply with their requirements. For international journals consult Sherpa/Romeo and for Spanish journals, Dulcinea.

  • Ensure that all the identifiers are correct: author’s name and ORCID, affiliation and number and code of the subsidy or grant.

Once published:

  • Enter the published version, the definitive pdf and the author’s version, also known as postprint, of the work in Senia2. The Library will manage dissemination in the Riunet repository in accordance with the journal’s editorial policy.

Where to publish

Choosing the journal for publication is decisive for researcher recognition, because the main assessment agencies (CNEAI, Aneca) base their evaluations on the quality indicators for a researcher’s publications. The Journal Citation Report (JCR) is the most highly valued journal quality indicator for bodies evaluating research activity. It measures the impact of a journal in relation to the citations received in published articles in the Web of Science (WOS). In some scientific disciplines the Scimago Journal Rank is also valued as an indicator of the impact of a publication. For further information:

Workshops held at UPV:

Standardising the author’s signature

Authors must standardise their signatures to prevent their names from appearing in different forms in a database, which would hinder location of their articles and the citations they receive. For further information, see Scientific signature. Use of ORCID and other scientific identifiers

For further information go to Ask a librarian service.

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