"By 'open access’ to [research] literature we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself.” [Budapest Open Access Initiative]
Why publishing in Open Access (OA) is important?
Types of Open Access
Open Access at Sciences Po
Sciences Po has published in 2021 a Declaration on Open Science. The aim is to provide open access to the scientific publications of Sciences Po researchers and to facilitate data and code sharing and reuse based on the principles of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) and “as open as possible, as closed as necessary”.
What will you find on this page
Most research funders mandate that research they fund must be published open access within a specific time. In general, they expect that any peer-reviewed manuscripts accepted for publications to be made openly available immedialtly. If you don't apply open access obligations, funders can reduce or withold part of the grant!
You will find below some of key funder open access policies. All of them are membres of the Coalition S, a group of European research funders who are promoting Plan S, a strategy of ensuring open access to scholarly publications.
ANR (from 2022)
More information in the Horizon Europe Programme Guide (PDF)
If you want to know more about open access policies in Europe, you can check this page.
What about research data?
The Libray has national agreements that allow Sciences Po researchers to publish open access without paying APC. The corresponding author will need to be Sciences Po affiliated and use his email address.
See below the list of publishers with who the library has a current transformative agreement:
Cambridge University Press (2023-2025)
The Library has an institutional fund to support non funded researchers to publish in open access. The total amount provided is 20,000 euros per year, dedicated in priority to articles (up to 2,500 euros per APC and 5,000 euros per BPC).
The fund has been spent for the year 2023. The online form will be available again from January 2024!
What are the criterias?
Articles and books should be published under a CC licence (recommended licences: CC-BY for articles or CC-BY-NC ND for books
The publication must be deposited as soon as possible in SPIRE, Sciences Po institutional repository (postprint or editor version according to the policy of the journal)
Only one grant per year and per researcher will be accepted
How to apply?
Applications are submitted via an online form as soon as the manuscript has been accepted by the publisher and must be accompanied by proof of the amount requested (quote or invoice from the publisher). An ORCID identifier will be requested when submitting the application via the form.
Once the application has been submitted, it will be examined in consultation with the director of the centre to which it is attached. The applicant will then be contacted by email and a personal meeting may be proposed to discuss alternative solutions for open access publication.
Before submitting your paper to a publisher or journal, check the following informations:
At submission, include the Rights Retention Strategy statement in the funding acknowledgement section of the manuscript and any cover letter/note accompanying the submission.
Make sure you keep a copy of the Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM).
Track and manage your public access mandates with Google Scholar!
Making your thesis open access increases the exposure of your work to a wider audience and raise your profile as a researcher. It guarantees long-term preservation and access to it for several decades. This option is available when you deposit your thesis.
At Sciences Po, open access thesis are available on SPIRE.
If you are thinking about publishing your thesis with a publisher, maybe you hesitate about making you thesis open access. Before making the decision, read this article and watch the video below!