Science is, by its very nature, an open activity. Research results are intended to be publicly assessed and utilised, both within the scientific community and in all other contexts in which research-based knowledge is used.
Open science refers to the mechanisms by which the findability, accessibility and use of scientific knowledge is promoted in the digital era. This encompasses open research outcomes, including:
In addition to the above, open science refers to:
Open science contributes to the reliability and self-correction of science. Open access to research-based knowledge is also key for the societal and global impact of universities.
Openness is one of the overarching themes of the University of Helsinki strategic plan for 2021–2030. Read the strategic plan.
The University’s operations are based on the aim of responding to societal and global information needs. Openly accessible research-based knowledge is an important tool for achieving this goal.
Open science promotes the quality and impact of research, and offers new cooperation opportunities.
Open learning environments and content create new models of learning and support continuous learning.
Open science enables the University to promote the UN’s sustainable development goals, particularly democracy, justice, global responsibility and the general public’s and society’s trust in science.
The University’s own guidelines, according to which research publications and research data produced at the University are, as a rule, made openly available, apply to all members of the University community.
Academic and scientific publications are articles and papers in academic journals, series, books and conference publications, independent works as well as master’s, licentiate and doctoral theses.
Whenever possible, the University’s guidelines must also be followed when publishing academic monographs.
The University of Helsinki research data policy has been updated in 2021. More information on Flamma.
The University of Helsinki has signed the Finnish declaration for open science and research.
The declaration for open science and research 2020–2025 represents the shared goals and recommendations of the Finnish research community for the consolidation of open science. The Finnish research community includes
The declaration includes four areas, for which separate guidelines will be drawn up:
By signing the declaration, the University of Helsinki has committed to promoting its goals as part of its strategic work and guidance and to supporting the achievement of the goals in the daily life of University community members.
The key content of the DORA declaration is to promote the primary importance of robust assessment of research quality.
The recommendations concern both research outputs (publications as well as, for example, research data and source code) and research impact. The scholarly merits of publications should always be the primary criterion in assessing them.
The other overarching theme of the declaration is that research outputs and impact should be assessed comprehensively. At a general level, all assessment processes must be open and the methods and criteria applied must be clear.
By signing the DORA declaration, the University of Helsinki wishes to demonstrate its commitment to the development of research assessment as well as to responsible metrics and the promotion of open science.
Each year, the University of Helsinki presents the Open Science Award in recognition of significant work to promote open science. The aim of this award is to highlight active open science advocates and increase information on good practices at the University.
Recipients of the award have included individual researchers and teachers, projects and units.
2018: Professor Jaana Bäck
2017: Professor Tuuli Toivonen (in Finnish only)