Commitment to open science
Commitment to open science and free access to scientific publications
Sorbonne Université is committed to open science and free access to scientific publications. Its researchers are encouraged to file their publications in the HAL Sorbonne Université open archive as soon as they are published.
To support research staff, the Publications & Open Access Department of the Sorbonne Université Library answers questions relating to the publication of their work, its open access dissemination, and offers training and awareness-raising activities on the issues, tools and best open science practices.
Deposit a publication with the HAL Sorbonne Université
By mutual agreement, Sorbonne Université, its research staff and doctoral students agree to respect a charter concerning free access to publications. By depositing the full text of any article in the open archive HAL Sorbonne Université as soon as it’s published and then referencing the author’s other types of publications, research staff and PhD students contribute to the open access dissemination of their publications. Sorbonne Université supports them by facilitating the depositing of publications, by ensuring their long-term archiving and by training the University community in the best practices of open access.
The Sorbonne Université Charter on free access to publications provides the following:
- An awareness of the academic community of the societal and scientific issues of open access and open science
- Local transposition of national policies for the implementation of open access and the facilitation of the depositing and reporting of publications in HAL Sorbonne Université
- Supporting research staff and doctoral students in the publication process.
- The promotion of "bibliodiversity" in the spirit of the Jussieu Call.
The research staff and doctoral students of Sorbonne Université commit themselves to:
- Act in favour of open science and free access to publications in the exercise of their various responsibilities
- Check the adequacy of publishing contracts with the Sorbonne Université's policy on open access.
- Privilege open access over a hybrid publication when an article is subject to publication charges (Article Processing Charges)
- Create and use IdHAL and ORCID identifiers that allow them to unambiguously identify themselves as authors of their publications and promote the visibility of their scientific production.
Download the charter, voted at the Research Commission of the Academic Council on 28 March 2019
The international Research Data Law Summit, was held at Sorbonne University on Monday, 27 January 2020. This initiative brought nine major networks of intensive research universities together from the key regions of the world. It was the occasion to sign the "Sorbonne Declaration" on Research Data Law. This text energetically affirms the desire of universities to share their data while resolutely calling on governments to adopt a clear legal framework to regulate this sharing and to provide the means to implement it.
Co-organised by Sorbonne University, the Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA) and the University College of London (UCL), this data summit is unprecedented in its scope: nine networks representing over 160 of the world's leading research-intensive universities. And so too is the ambitious message it sends to the international scientific community, research funders and governments through the "Sorbonne Declaration" that will be signed there. This framework document, designed to promote the sharing and proper use of data, calls on the public and private research community to sign up to this commitment. It also requires governments and research funders to shoulder their responsibilities to provide universities with the financial means and the appropriate legal framework to open up data.
This is an essential issue for the quality and transparency of research. It is also a crucial economic issue: financed largely by public money, research data represent tens of billions of euros worldwide. The aim is therefore to make it accessible to accelerate scientific discoveries and economic development. In Europe, for example, according to a PwC report  produced by the European Commission, sharing and better management of research data would save €10.2 billion a year, with the potential for an additional €16 billion in added value from the innovation generated, according to a PwC report .
The participants are driving this change by proposing concrete solutions to restore confidence in public research and speed up the development of knowledge and the economy.
 Cost of not having FAIR research data, PwC EU Services, March 2018
The signatory networks:
- Association of American Universities (AAU) : Founded in 1900, the Association of American Universities is composed of the 65 largest American research universities.
- African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) : The ARUA was inaugurated in Dakar in March 2015, bringing together sixteen of Africa's leading research universities.
- Coordination of French Intensive Research Universities (CURIF) : The CURIF brings together the 18 most important French research-intensive universities.
- German U15 : German U15 represents 15 top-level intensive research universities, among the most distinguished and internationally visible institutions of the German university system.
- League of European Research Universities (LERU) : The LERU is a network of 23 leading European universities pushing the frontiers of research.
- Canadian Association of Research Universities (U15) : The Canadian Association of Research Universities is a group of several of Canada's major research universities.
- RU11 Japan: RU11 is a consortium created in November 2009, composed of 11 of Japan's top research universities, very active in the international academic community.
- Russell Group : The Russell Group represents 24 world-renowned UK research-intensive universities.
- The Group of Eight (Go8) : The Group of Eight is a coalition of world-class research-intensive universities based in Australia.
The Sorbonne Université Library and the Doctoral Training Institute are committed to implementing the systematic training of scientific personnel, especially young researchers, in Open Science.
Training in Open Science issues
The content of these training courses aims to provide an understanding of the context of scientific publishing in which the principles of Open Science emerge; to raise awareness of the different aspects and challenges of Open Science policies in the European and global scientific landscape and at Sorbonne Université; and finally to raise awareness of good practices and different options for making its work and research data freely accessible, particularly to respond to calls for proposals.
Training in the depositing of publications in HAL
The objective of these modules is to understand how to use the HAL Sorbonne Université portal to deposit works as soon as they are published. In practice, participants are trained in the legal conditions of the open access repository and in the use of the portal to implement this repository. The different aspects of the HAL are presented: authors' affiliations, interactions with PubMed, PubMed Central, arXiV and OpenAIRE, complementary tools (IdHAL, CV HAL, AureHAL), among others.
Accompagnement à la rédaction du DMP
La bibliothèque propose un accompagnement personnalisé à la rédaction du data management plan. Des séances peuvent être organisées à la demande pour un laboratoire. Des rendez-vous individuels, en présentiel ou à distance, peuvent également être prévus pour aider à la rédaction des trois versions du DMP. La bibliothèque administre l’outil DMP OPIDoR, qui permet de rédiger des DMP en équipe, et peut en faire des présentations.
Contact: BSU Publications & Open Access Department
Département Publications & Open Access de la BSU :
- For any question relating to the referencing and deposit of publications in HAL Sorbonne Université: email@example.com
- For all other questions related to publications: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission Research Data: email@example.com