Science open to the UPC

Open Science UPC

Open science is a change of model in the way we do research:

  • it implies a more open vision in all the phases of an investigation: the design of the project, the collection of data, the evaluation and publication of results ...
  • promotes values ​​such as collaboration, transparency, reuse and dissemination of knowledge.  
Open science implies a structural change of all the agents involved: the research staff, the funding agencies, the universities, the citizens. It is a short-term challenge for research institutions such as universities.

Open Science Policies and Recommendations


Open Science Conference at the UPC

Resources and policies in the UPC for open scientific publication


    What are the new challenges at European and global level?


    Search data must be FAIR:

    • Findable: findable
    • Accessible: accessible
    • Interoperable: interoperable
    • Rusable: reusable 

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    Citizen science is the open participation of the general public in research processes and activities. 

    El Citizen science portal of the UPC It presents: 

    • all research projects that require the collaboration of citizens to obtain results
    • a set of resources aimed at research staff to involve citizens in their projects

    Good research practices are based on fundamental principles of research integrity. 

    Now UPC, Ethics Committee has, among others, the purpose of advising on the ethical aspects of research and has promoted both the Ethical code, like the Code of integrity in research of the UPC. 

    The shift from culture to open science involves promoting the training of the entire university community to develop skills, especially in the areas of: 

    • open scientific publication
    • FAIR search data
    • the integrity of research
    • citizen science 

    The Library, Publications and Archives Service withintraining offer of the Institute of Education Sciences offers a course in skills in open science.

    Access to Open Science Tutorials prepared by other universities or by projects financed by the European Commission.



    The current system of research evaluation is mainly based on the impact factor of journals and does not favor the implementation of open science. For this reason, the European Commission urges funding bodies, assessment agencies and universities to establish new, public, transparent and discipline-specific criteria to recognize research staff following: 

    and has boosted the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (COARA) of which the UPC it's part of. 

    In the document Next-generation metrics: responsible metrics and evaluation for open science, the Altmetrics expert group describes how to advance next-generation metrics in the context of open science.

    Now UPC la regulations on research evaluation contemplates different indicators. 

    Other metrics for publications: 

    •  visits to the publisher version and repository UPCommons
    •  downloads of publisher and repository versions UPCommons
    •  mentions on social media: Twitter, Mendeley, Blogs, Media
    •  highly cited articles according to ESI

    Scientific production of a research group or project: 

    • percentage of open access publications

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    Open education responds to a new way in which people must produce, share and build knowledge by providing quality open educational resources.

    Now UPC the portal Apren increase the open access publication of teaching content prepared by teaching and research staff (PDI) improving its visibility and impact.


    At European and national level, different initiatives are being promoted in relation to research infrastructures


    EOSC (European Open Science Cloud)

    Infrastructure created by the European Commission in 2016 with the aim that members of the scientific community can store, manage and access digital scientific data and resources in a secure and accessible environment.


    ICT Infrastructures for Open Science at the national level (ICTS)

    • RES: infrastructure coordinated by the BSC

    Possible actions of research staff to incorporate open science into research activity

    • Publish the results of the research in open access: articles, participation in conferences 
    • Ensure that search data is FAIR 
    • Involve citizens in research projects 
    • Follow the ethical codes of research integrity 
    • Disseminate the results on social media


    Last update: 15 / 05 / 2023