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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.  
  • it implies a structural change for all the agents involved: research staff, funding agencies, universities, citizens. It is a short-term challenge for research institutions such as universities.
From May 1, 2023, the teacher Rafael Vidal Ferré is the Rector's delegate in Open Science and Citizen Science, an appointment that represents another step in the University's commitment to adopt this collaborative, transparent and open paradigm in order to advance scientific and technological knowledge, and contribute to the University's social commitment.

On July 5, 2023, the Governing Council of the UPC approved his:


A year of open science at the UPC

Exhibition for the 5th Open Science Conference at the UPC (June 2024) which shows the most outstanding actions in open science during the year 2023.


Kinetic publication and research data FAIR   Open science and metrics skills   A year of open science at the UPC   Open education and research infrastructures   Citizen science and research integrity


Open Science Policies and Recommendations


Open Science Conference at the UPC


Open Science Prize of 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 

    More information at:

    See also:

    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 for 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 considers different indicators. More information about bibliometric indicators and accreditations.informació

    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:


    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.

    • EOSC
    • El CSUC and the CORA. Research Data Repository (RDR) have made significant progress in becoming official service providers within the EOSC, actively contributing to the advancement of research, driving data reuse and promoting the values ​​of open science for the benefit of scientific community in general.


    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: 10 / 07 / 2024