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Open Access

«Productive cooperation is […] dependent on access to research results. In principle, it is the Government’s view that all research that is wholly or partially funded through public allocations must be made openly available. […] The Government will require that all scientific articles that are wholly or partially publicly funded must either be published as open access articles or self-archived as agreed on with the publisher.” (Meld. St. 18 (2012–2013))

“Open access to research results makes research even more useful and enables society to reap even more benefits from its research investments,” says Minister of Education and Research Torbjørn Røe Isaksen.

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Open access (OA) refers to the practice of providing online access to scientific information that is free of charge to the end-user and reusable. 'Scientific' refers to all academic disciplines. In the context of research and innovation, 'scientific information' can mean

1. peer-reviewed scientific research articles (published in scholarly journals), or peer-reviewed scientific research books

2. research data (data underlying publications, curated data and/or raw data)

There are two ways to publish your work as Open Access

  1. One option is the so-called “Gold” route to open access (Gold OA), which involves the publication of journals providing immediate free content on line. In this case, the costs of publication are either subsidized by third parties, or covered by author publication charges (APCs) levied on researchers or their funding institutions.
  2. Another approach is the “Green” route (Green OA) in which authors deposit preprint versions of their articles into freely accessible digital archives after they have been published in traditional subscription-funded journals.

The government has established  National goals and guidelines for open access to research articles

HiOA Open Access Processing Charge Funding

HiOA   has   set aside  a  fund  to  support Open access to the institution’s research results.

The fund cover processing fees for Open Access publications and open research data in fully Open Access journals, Open Access books or open data repositories.

Funding is eligible to current HiOA affiliates. This includes faculty, research scientists, postdocs, graduate students, staff, and other authors currently affiliated with HiOA

Research funding and the demand for Open Access

Many of the larger bodies  funding research demand  public access to the published peer-reviewed findings arising from the funded research.

How to publish Open Access

  1. Does the funder of your research require you to make your work available Open Access? If so, what rules are applicable? HiOA requires you to self-archive your scientific articles in Cristin. Guide to self-archiving of full text in Cristin.
  2. Be aware of Open Access as an alternative to traditional publishing at the point of applying for funds. Then you can include expected costs in your budget.
  3. Find an Open Access journal within your discipline. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) gives an overview.
  4. Chose an Open Access journal with a high impact factor, or a journal included in the Norwegian registry of authorised publishing channels. Here is an overview of Open Access journals that are approved by Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD).
  5. Does the journal charge Author Publishing charges (APC)? If so, then you can apply for financial support from HiOA (in Norwegian).
  6. If Open Access publishing is not an option for you, then publish in a journal that allows self-archiving. Most journals will allow you to post the peer-reviewed (authors final manuscript) version of an article on the internet.

HiOA Open Access Policy

Research findings emanating from Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA) should be made publicly available through Open Digital Archive (ODA). This is an institutional goal, and is required in order to ensure free discourse around research findings from HiOA. Journals and report series published at HiOA should comply with principles of Open Access: that scientific published material should be freely accessible. HiOA Open Access policy.

Self-archiving at HiOA

HiOA staff and students should as a rule, assuming that academic quality is maintained, deposit their scholarly publications in Cristin. From Cristin they will be harvested into the institutional repository, ODA.

Deciding where to publish

HiOA staff and students should as a rule, assuming the academic quality is maintained, select publishing channels that are open. Author addendums as enable you to keep necessary rights when you sign a contract with a publisher.

Scientific Open Access journals at HiOA

Currently several  Open Access journals are published originating from several academic environments at HiOA.

Tanja Strøm Published: Updated:

Quick Links

HiOA Open Access Policy 

HiOA Open Access publishing found (in Norwegian)

NRC Open Access Policy

H2020 Open Access Policy

Data management plan, NSD

Registry of Research Data Repositories

Directory of Open Access Journals

Directory of open Access Books


HiOA Open Access Report 2016:

- 80 % of  peer-reviewed articles are deposited in CRIStin

- Of these, 50 % are openly available in ODA, https://oda.hio.no

and can also be accessed via NORA, http://nora.openaccess.no

- Scientists of HiOA have published 23 % of their articles in Open Access channels