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The University of Lapland has updated its open science policy


The guidelines for open science include the Publication policy and Data policy, as well as guidelines for Open education and open educational resources.

The publication and data policy updates were prepared in the Lapland University Consortium Library, and they were discussed in the research development working group led by Soili Nystén-Haarala, vice-rector for research. The rector of the University of Lapland, Antti Syväjärvi, has approved the prepared policies.

The guidelines of open education and open educational resources are completely new and common to the University of Lapland and the Lapland University of Applied Sciences. The guidelines were prepared by a working group appointed by the rector, led by Merija Timonen, director of teaching and learning services. The policy has been approved by the strategic management team of the University of Lapland and the management team of Lapland University of Applied Sciences.

– The goal of open science is to promote the accessibility, availability and use of scientific information both in the scientific community and in society more broadly, says Soili Nystén-Haarala.

In its policies, the University of Lapland recommends that all researchers create an ORCID identifier for themselves and make active use of it. In addition, licensing of open research outputs is recommended.

– We offer training, instructions and support to the members of the university community in questions related to open science, says information specialist Taina Saarenpää from Lapland University Consortium Library.

The Publication policy recommends that the research results are published in nationally and internationally high-level publications in the fields of science and art, as well as in appropriate professional and general publication channels.

– We encourage researchers to publish their work in high-quality full open access journals if available in the discipline or field of art concerned, says Saarenpää.

The principle of the Data policy is that the research data is ‘as open as possible and as closed as necessary’. The University of Lapland requires that a research data management plan is made during the planning phase of the research.

In the guidelines of Open education and open educational resources, teachers are encouraged to publish educational resources and organize open online teaching.

The updated policies and guidelines for open science have been published on the website of the University of Lapland in both Finnish and English. Guidebooks related to them have been published in both languages by the Lapland University Consortium Library.

More information

Vice-Rector for Research Soili Nystén-Haarala, first name.surname(at)ulapland.fi, tel. 040 484 4063
Information Specialist Taina Saarenpää, first name.surname(at)ulapland.fi, tel. 040 482 3458

Open Science Web page

Library's guide: Open Science

Library's guide: Open Education