Good Practice

Institutional Policy of Open Access / *Spain*

Open Access Institutional Policy at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC)

To promote the dissemination of open-access science in keeping with the recommendations of the Council of the European University Association and the Berlin Declaration, signed by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC) on 2 June 2006, the UOC's Governing Council adopted an institutional policy of open access. This policy, also known as the 'Institutional Mandate', requires UOC researchers (faculty, researchers and fellows) to publish in open access by depositing their work in the UOC's institutional repository, O2.

Expected results: Set of Open Educational Resources: the UOC’s Open Repository (O2) includes journal articles, preliminary editions (preprints), conference papers, communications at congresses, research report, working papers, teaching materials, final degree projects, dissertations, proceedings of UOC, inaugural lectures, etc.

Why is this a good practice:
Institutional repositories are part of the paradigm shift which represents the Open Access movement in scientific communication: allowing free access to scientific, technical and academic literature and increasing the impact and visibility of the work of researchers and academic and scientific institutions.
Scientific and teaching productions of the UOC therefore became accessible in a free, open, permanent and organized way.