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Open Access: Benefits

Establish yourself as a researcher

The researcher has traditionally distinguished himself/herself by publishing articles in scientific journals, by holding conference presentations and by acting as a peer reviewer for a scientific journal or on its editorial board. As the significance of open science and research increases, the ways of distinguishing yourself also change.

Many researchers are familiar with self-archiving their scientific research articles and opening data is increasingly common. It is important for the researcher that all the research articles, the research data, and the research outputs are combined with the right person. Solutions have been developed in recent years to facilitate the identification of the researcher one of which is an ORCID researcher identifier. Learn more about ORCID identifier and how to acquire one in our TUNICRIS guide.

See also our guide Research impact and visibility.

Responsible Research

The Responsible Science website collects a wide range of articles related to research ethics and the good practices of science communication. See e.g. these articles on open science and publishing

Responsible research at Tampere higher education community:

Benefits of Open Access

Higher citation rates with Open Access

One of the often mentioned benefits of Open Access is that scientific articles which are openly available are cited more often than articles in traditional subscription journals. Citation rates have been studied a lot and studies have been made on several fields of science.

Visibility and impact

Researchers working at universities usually have access to all scientific information they need,because the research organisations purchase access to the subscription based journals and databases. Researchers working in companies or in expert organisations may not have this opportunity. Open access publications are available to everyone, e.g. the experts and professionals who need the latest research results in their work, such as doctors, product developers of companies and public administration workers. Impact means also adapting of research results in practical solutions at the level of society and companies.

Research funders

Research funders often require transparency of publications because they distribute public money to researchers. Citizens have the right to see how their public money has been spent.

Benefits of open access are more exposure for your work, practitioners can apply your findings, higher citation rates, your research can influence policy, the public can access your findings, compliant with grant rules, taxpayers get value for money, researchers in developing countries can see your work.

Transparency at different stages of research


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