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Open RDI at Haaga-Helia: How to publish openly?

Tools for open access publishing

SHERPA/RoMEO - open access policies and self-archiving permissions of most of the biggest publishers and journals.
SHERPA/JULIET - research funders' open access policies
SHERPA/FACT: Funders & Authors Compliance Tool
Directory of Open Access Journals DOAJ - search portal for open access journals
OpenDOAR - directory of open repositories
Open Access Button -  search for open articles or request articles from authors
How Can I Share It? - check publisher guidelines for article sharing in social networks

Creative Commons licence

Specify terms for using your publication with Creative Commons licence.

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Creative Commons licences allow you to share your work on conditions of your choice. By combining various conditions of the licences you can keep copyrights or share them with others, as you see fit.

Use Creative Commons licences for your research data to ensure openness of the entire research process.

Open Science and Research Initiative (2014-2017) recommends the use of Creative Commons licences CC0 or CC BY.

Visibility of research and researchers

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Open Researcher and Contributor ID ORCID is an international service which gives a researcher a permanent and unique digital identifier. It helps to differentiate researchers with the same name and to link research outcomes to the researcher. Also, publishers may link publications to ORCID ID and enter publication data to the ORCID database, where others can access them. 

Create an ORCID ID

Further information

Open access publishing options

Open access publishing means uploading a research paper or article on the Internet and granting rights to read, copy, print and link to the entire publication.

There are several options to publish openly:

Gold OA

The paper or article is  freely available online. An article processing charge (APC) may be applied. The APC can be paid by the author, his/her employer or research funder. Charges can be anything from ten euros up to thousands of euros. Some OA publications do not charge fees.

Green OA (self-archiving)

With publisher's permission, a copy of paper or article can be deposited in an institutional or field-specific repository, where it is freely available immediately or after an embargo period. The publisher may stipulate which version of the paper or article can be deposited. Self-archiving carries no charges for the author.

ResearchGate,, and other social networking sites are not considered self-archiving channels, because they do not meet the requirement for permanence, for example. Permissions for self-archiving can be checked on Sherpa/Romeo and publications' websites.

Hybrid OA

Hybrid OA refers to subscription journals which charge an extra fee to make a specific article open access while the remainder of the journal remains behind a paywall. The APC can be several thousand euros. Hybrid OA means double charging, for publishers charge both subscription fees and article processing charges for the same content.

Discounts for article processing charges (APCs)

Haaga-Helia staff members are entitled to discounts for article processing charges of some Open Access publications. The FinElib Consortium has agreements with following publishers:


FinELib consortium’s agreement with Elsevier offers the researchers an opportunity to publish their articles open access with a discount in Elsevier journals. The discount is 50% of the journal’s APC-list price (APC=article processing charge).Discount is available when these conditions are met: the researcher is the corresponding author of the article and the article is accepted between 1.1.2018 and 31.12.2020. More information here.


FinELib consortium’s agreement with Emerald offers authors an opportunity to publish their articles voucher under the CC BY-license with a free open access. This means that there is no article processing charge for the author. The vouchers can be used during the agreement term 1.1.2018-31.12.2020. More information here.


According to the agreement made by FinELib consortium the researchers can publish their articles as open with 200 GBP when acting as a corresponding author of the article. The undiscounted APC rate would be 1 600 GBP. More information here.

Avoid paywalls: Unpaywall and DOAI

Despite the increase in open access publishing, most research articles still remain behind paywalls. If you've found an interesting article, but can't locate it in library's databases, try searching for the final draft version. Google Scholar is an excellent tool for this. In addition, you can try the following services utilizing the articles DOI (Digital Object Identifier).

Unpaywall and DOAI search for the possible open versions of the article. Through Open Acces Button, you can also ask the OAButton team to request a free copy from the author on your behalf.

Evaluating reliability of publication channels

The quality and reliability of a publication channel can be evaluated with the help of following services:

Publication forum  a classification service for the quality assessment of Finnish research journals, maintained by the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) a list of over 10 000 high-quality, refereed Open Acces journals. DOAJ has introduced stricter criteria.

SCImago Journal Rank - Impat factors for journals (SJR, H index).

Cofactor Journal Selector Tool - search suitable research journals for your publication.

Think. Check. Submit. - Checklist for journal selection, also for non-OA journals.

Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association  OASPA - Check whether a publisher is a member of OASPA.

Beware of predators!

Predatory open access publishing and publishers are a flip side of open access publishing. Predatory publishers utilise Golden OA by offering  readers research publication platforms which are free of charge.

These publishers charge authors unreasonable article processing fees and will publish practically anything. In practice, a proper peer review process isn't usually used. The names of publishers and the journals they publish can be very misleading. When researching the publisher further, a personal address can often be found behind the organisation.

If you receive an e-mail message from a publisher interested in publishing your conference paper, be wary. It's easy to tell most messages to be spam by style and language alone, but some can be very convincing. When in doubt, do a Google search on the publisher. Information on suspicious OA publishers to be avoided is readily available.

Useful links:

What are predatory publishers?

Saavutettavuusseloste / Accessibility Statement