Open access publishing

Helsinki University Library supports and guides researchers in all questions related to open access (OA) publishing. The questions may concern, for example, self-archiving, article/book processing charges, selecting the forum of publication or CC licences. The library also organises training and info sessions on open access publishing. General guidance at:

The library is responsible for Helda, the digital repository of the University of Helsinki, where researchers self-archive their scientific publications completed at the University. Researchers self-archive the publications through the Tuhat research information system. The library provides multifaceted support and guidance in self-archiving and, if required, will also archive publications on behalf of researchers. Publications that are self-archived in Helda are easily found by search engines like Google Scholar.

Helsinki University Press (HUP) is a scholarly open access publisher owned by the University of Helsinki and run by the Gaudeamus publishing house and Helsinki University Library. HUP publishes peer-reviewed scientific monographs, edited works and journals in all fields of science.

Editori is a service meant for the editorial work and publication of open access journals by the students and staff of the University of Helsinki, as well as their stakeholders. The service can also be used to provide teaching and training in good scientific publication practices. The library maintains the service and provides guidance and training for using Editori.

Maintained by the library, Helda is the University’s digital repository and publishing platform for open access publishing and the long-term archiving of materials. Materials stored in Helda include, for example, scientific articles, publication series by units, study materials for faculties as well as dissertations and theses. It is also possible to publish open access monographs, such as textbooks, in Helda. Helda Open Books introduces academically interesting Helda publications related to research and education.

The E-thesis service provides support and guidance in preparing theses and dissertations for archiving and is responsible for the storage of these materials in digital form. Theses, dissertations and many master’s theses completed at the University of Helsinki can be freely accessed in the Helda publication repository.

Data on the publication and research activity of research staff at the University of Helsinki are maintained in the Research Portal (Tuhat). The Research Portal introduces researchers and research conducted at the University. Researchers maintain their own data in the Tuhat research information system.

The Think Open blog publishes information on matters related to digital research services and open science. The library contributes to the blog together with other parties at the University. OpenAIRE is engaged in building a body of services to promote open access to science across Europe. Helsinki University Library coordinates the OpenAIRE cooperation in Finland and provides information on the services.

The IT Centre of the University of Helsinki provides several services in support of research, such as data storage and distribution services as well as tailored IT solutions. CSC – IT Center for Science is a Finnish centre of expertise owned by the Finnish state and higher education institutions, providing high-quality services for research. The Open Science Coordination in Finland website collects the most current information on ongoing open science projects.