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Open science principles


​VTT promotes good research practices related to open science. Researchers carry out and document research in a careful and considered manner. Researchers publish results and interpretations of research in an open and transparent manner, and respect confidentiality of data or findings when legitimately required to do so.
This document covers open access of publications and open data, and not all aspects of open science.
Open Access principles, publications

In general, all the scientific articles and conference papers produced at VTT should be published according to open access principles. The copyright rules and agreements with publishers and collaboration parties may cause exception to this basic rule. Publications in VTT’s own publication series are publicly available. Information about these publications and articles are stored into VTT’s current research information system. There are also links to the documents when possible.

The articles may be opened through external service (Gold or hybrid Open Access) or by self-archiving to a current research information system (Green Open Access). Both models can be used for the same article. With the “Gold” model the article is opened immediately, but it is usually chargeable. The model is adopted on the basis of the project’s, partner’s and funder’s needs, agreements and requirements. The publishing channel should always be the most relevant, taking quality, impact and openness into account.

Whenever possible VTT will retain copyright to articles and publications to enhance their reuse. Creative commons license CC BY 4.0 is recommended.
Open Data

In this document, data means digital data and background material created within a research project.

VTT promotes and has a goal to open also the data related to and the data behind the scientific articles created in publicly funded projects.

VTT’s target is to ensure that access to data is as open as possible and as closed as necessary. Data management and the data openness should when appropriate, be in line with the FAIR Principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable).

The basic principles are the good ethical scientific principles. The balance between openness and confidentiality is determined in each research project individually. There are many aspects related to regulations, GDPR, agreements within parties, VTT’s IPR guidelines and commercial perspectives, which all have to be taken into account.

The metadata of the datasets will be stored into the VTT’s current research information system, whenever possible, which makes the findability and accessibility of the datasets easier.

The Research Data Management Plan (RDMP) includes the most relevant information of the data management: Data collection, data handling and ownership, publishing and user rights. Also the life cycle, management of confidential information, and rules of data disposal are presented in RDMP.