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Open science services

AU Library offers a range of services that support open science, and provides access to tools for such things as open data management (for example, in connection with the publication, storage and visualisation of data) and open educational resources.

Research data management

AU Library supports good data management practice at Aarhus University. The Library supports researchers and students with the management of research data, supervision, planning and the sharing of data throughout the research process.

Share your data in LOAR

LOAR (Library Open Access research data Repository) is the Royal Library's own open repository where it is possible to upload up to 10 gigabytes of data free of charge, and which will then be saved for a five-year period, with free access for searches and downloads, depending on the license that is applied on the reuse of data.    

It is also possible to enter into agreements on long-term storage and the storage of large amounts of data

Find data and see correlations with MeLOAR 

MeLOAR is a search engine that retrieves data from LOAR, and a visualisation tool for large scientific datasets. MeLOAR not only enables searches for keywords but also for the geographical location of research data and other metadata. 

The search not only present the results, but also the documents, and pinpoints the location and highlights the places where the searched for items are appearing. 

The tool is particularly useful for researchers, as MeLOAR allows you to quickly identify whether the articles found are relevant to your research.

Publish a journal on our open platform tidsskrift.dk

Open Journal Systems (OJS) is a publishing platform for the publication of electronic journals which Aarhus University Library primarily offers to journal editors affiliated with the university. OJS can handle both editorial workflow - communication between editors, reviewers and authors - as well as the final online publication. Publications are published on the tidsskrift.dk platform. 

Read more about OJS.

Publish your PhD dissertation and other documents at OMP (Open Monograph Press)

As an employee at Aarhus University, you can publish your PhD dissertation, proceedings, working papers etc. through our open publishing platform OMP (Open Monograph Press).

The offer is intended for manuscripts which, for one reason or another, do not find their way to the established publishers.

Read more about the OMP offer.

Open access

Open access is open and free of cost access to publicly funded research, i.e. free access to read and use scientific information, including the possibility of downloading scientific publications. Aarhus University has its own open access policy and supports the national Open Access strategy.  

Open access offers access to published research results for everyone. Access does not depend on whether you subscribe to a journal, either personally or via the library. 

Open access publication 

If you want to make your research openly available, there are many possibilities. However, please note that foundations and publisers may have different policies

AU Library provides guidance on what is permitted, and how to publish open science. The Research Support Office at AU also provides assistance and guidance on requirements from foundations, particularly in connection with EU applications.      

Publishers and open access publication 

Publishers offer different options for publishing open access, but these often vary from journal to journal.   

AU Library can help you assess whether you can archive an open access version of your article in Pure. Read more about open access enrichment.

Foundations with focus on open access   

Foundations that award grants for research projects often recommend or require publications to be published open access. Some foundations also require FAIR data in the form of a data management plan, and/or that the data be archived:

See an international overview of guidelines from foundations

Read more about open access, Aarhus University's Open Access policy and get answers to frequently asked questions, and learn how AU Library can help you as a researcher.

Publishing open data

The sharing of data is one of the driving forces behind the open science mindset. Be aware of any requirements from foundations and publishers to publish open data. Here are some examples of what the requirements may look like: 

Read more about where you can search for open data and where you can publish data.

The data policies of foundations and publishers

Overview of the data policies of foundations and publishers

Data policies from individual foundations

Horizon 2020 

Data policies from individual publishing houses

Survey of European foundations and research institutions

In 2019, Sparc Europe published a survey of the open access and open science policies of European foundations and research institutions: Insights into European research funder Open policies and practices.    

Open Educational Resources (OER)

OER stands for Open Educational Resources, and consists of collections and platforms with learning resources that are open and can be shared under, for example, a CC license. OER is part of open science, which focuses on equal access to learning. 

An OER can cover a specific subject area, but may also be a wider platform for a specific target group.  

  • For example, if you would like to learn about open research tools, you can find webinars and tutorials at Data Carpentry.  
  • Learninglib is another example of an OER where education and research libraries share learning objects within the teaching of information competencies, source criticism, reference management and much more. 
  • The Danish project Studerendes Digitale Akademiske Kompetencer (STAK)  [Students’ digital academic competencies] has also developed an OER (prototype) with knowledge and activities to develop your teaching. The STAK project is aimed at higher education institutions. 

An example of a subject-specific OER is the Nordic University Health Hub, which covers the medical field in the Nordic countries and is a collaboration between a number of Scandinavian universities. This resource is made with OERCommons, which is a global platform for the development of open learning resources.

Citizen science

What is citizen science? 

Citizen science (CS) is another way of conducting open science, and is a research approach which is becoming increasingly widespread. In CS projects volunteers are actively involved in the research process, for example by collecting samples or identifying objects.

By involving volunteers in data collection, researchers can access much larger volumes of data than they can procure on their own. Citizens can exert a greater influence on which research questions should be prioritised. Volunteers will feel personally involved in the topic of the project.  

CS has gained attention in the decision-making circles. The expectation is that the method can result in a greater scientific and societal impact.

As a method, CS emphasises the communication of research results and processes to the public. It encourages citizen participation and democratic education. A platform for the encounter between researcher and citizen. 

The degree of involvement in a research project may vary. The volunteer's participation may be contributory, collaborative or co-creative: 

  • Volunteers can contribute by reporting observations – bird counts are the classic example here
  • Volunteers can participate in a collaboration with researchers, where they help with research design, data analysis and communicating results
  • Co-created research projects often stem from activism – for example citizens who join forces with researchers to combat local pollution.

AU's sitizen science projects 

Researchers from Aarhus University are involved in a number of CS projects, with new ones emerging all the time. List of Citizen Science projects at Aarhus University .

AU citizen science network

Would you like to meet other researchers from AU, who are interested in or working with citizen science, then become part of the AU Citizen Science network. At the network meetings you can discuss your thoughts and ideas with other researchers, who have experience with citizen science projects. Sign up for the mailing list at AU Citizen Science and get information about meetings and activities.

Citizen science in your research project? 

Contact AU Library if you need to collect more data for your research project than you can manage on your own, and are therefore considering involving volunteer citizens in your project. AU Library would like to collaborate to make your research project a CS project.  

You can apply for funding for citizen science research projects. Several foundations focus on open science and citizen science, so funding may well be available to be found for research with this approach. The AU research project Beyond citizen science: Hybrid intelligence is an example of a project that has received funding from the Carlsberg Foundation's "Semper Ardens" research projects. 

Students and citizen science

If you are a student and would like to learn more about CS, Aarhus University offers the course: Citizen Science: Theory and Practice. The course is not held every year, so please contact AU Library if you are interested. 

As an ordinary citizen, you can contribute to the researchers’ citizen science projects. For example you can contribute AU's projects by playing a game at Science At Home.

Find out more

Need help?

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the liason librarian associated with your field, who will be happy to assist you with your questions.

Alternatively, you are always welcome to contact your local library.