Observatory of open access

This observatory aims to track Open Access in catalan universities. Currently, the sources of information used are Web of Science (WoS) and Scopus.

Following the initiatives of other countries such as Denmark, Netherlands and the United Kingdom, this observatory shows the results of the participating institutions obtained from it methodology. It also presents the aggregated information.

The results complement the data shown by the open access publication indicator of the Research Portal of Catalonia (PRC). This indicator presents the total number of publications and theses that are in the PRC in open and closed access and the average open access publications. More information about the PRC indicator.

The Observatory is also complemented by the Open Access thermometers of the Universitat de Barcelona Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya I la Universitat Pompeu Fabra.  

Soon, the Observatory will present the costs of researchers and institutions when publishing openly.


The Observatory shows for each year from 2011, the scientific articles of each university published in open and closed access. The sources of information used are Web of Science and Scopus.

After removing the duplicates, the DOI retrieves the number of items that:

  • They have been published in purely open access magazinesPure
  • have been published in hybrid journals, ie subscription journals that offer authors to publish in open access immediately by paying a Article Processing ChargeHybrid
  • They have free access but the articles have no license: bronze Bronze
  • They are only open in institutional or thematic repositories Repositories
  • they are not in open access No open access 

When an item is in a repository but is not in open access because it has an embargo it is not counted as open access.

When an article is published openly in a journal and in a repository it is counted only once, prioritizing publication in the journal and not deposit in the repository (Charts 1 and 2).

Instead, Graph 3 shows a column for each participating university and shows the availability of copies in repositories of the pure, hybrid, and bronze options.

The information is updated 2 times a year, during the months of April and October. 

Aggregate results

Participating universities

University of Barcelona (UB)             Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)          Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya  (UPC)


Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)               University of Girona (UdG)           University of Lleida (UdL)


Rovira i Virgili University (URV)                   Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)               Universitat Ramon Llull

International University of Catalonia (UIC)
                                                                            University of Vic. Central University of Catalonia                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

For more information on the data of each institution: 

University of Barcelona: odcArrovaub.edu

Autonomous University of Barcelona: ddd.bibArrovauab.cat

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya: info.bibliotequesArrovaupc. Edu

Pompeu Fabra University: repositoryArrovaupf.edu

Universitat de Girona: biblioteca.projectesArrovaudg.edu

University of Lleida: research portalArrovaudl.cat

Rovira i Virgili University: repositoryArrovaurv.cat

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya: bibrecercaArrovauoc.edu

Ramon Llull University: vicerectorate.researchurl.edu

University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia: produccio.cientificaArrovauvic.cat

International University of Catalonia - Barcelona: repositoryArrovauic.es



Last update: 30 / 07 / 2021