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Open science and open access publishing at Hanken

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The purpose with this guide is to help researchers at Hanken to publish open access. The guide contains general information on open access, as well as practical instructions on how to proceed with open access publishing at Hanken.

Hanken has been actively promoting open science and following the national and international principles and requirements of openness in science and research. Active promotion of open science is included as one of the key elements in Hanken 2030 Long-term Strategy. The main objectives are to advance open access to research outputs including scientific publications, research data and methods, and transparent and responsible assessment of research.

In August 2019, Hanken signed the Declaration for Open Science and Research (Finland) 2020-2025 and is committed to following the strategic principles, objectives, and action plans outlined in the four Policies of Open Science and Research in Finland to achieve the goals set out in the Declaration.

To continue to promote open science:

  • Hanken encourages that all the new annually reported peer-reviewed scientific articles are made available open access at time of publication. Self-archived copies of the articles are uploaded to Hanken’s research database Haris and preserved in Hanken’s institutional repository DHanken. See Hanken's guidelines on open access to scholarly publications.
  • Hanken endeavours to ensure that properly documented metadata of research data are published for the findability and reproducibility of the research data. It is strongly recommended to use Fairdata Qvain metadata tool, offered by the Ministry of Education and Culture and maintained by CSC, to describe and publish metadata. Research data are to be archived and opened in national or international repositories when possible. Datasets are registered in Haris with the persistent identifiers (e.g., DOI or URN) for the (meta)data. See Hanken's guidelines on open and FAIR research data.

Metadata are data about data and describe the context, content, structure, compilation, and management of research data (See page 13 for the definition of data documentation which can be a readme file or metadata). It is through the metadata that the datasets become visible, findable and first assessed for downloads and reuse. Creating appropriate and rich metadata is the key to making data open, understandable, and reusable.

For a more detailed description, see the PDF file below – the updated version of Guidelines for Open Science and Research at Hanken (2021). See also the first version of Guidelines for Open Research at Hanken (2016).


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