Open Access Policies at the University of Barcelona

Open Access, as explained to us by the CRAI, is an online, free, immediate, and permanent access to the full text of a scientific or academic article in which the copyright is recognized and which does not affect the review and validation processes.


On 18 February 2009, the Governing Council of the University of Barcelona approved the document The University of Barcelona and the Free Dissemination of Knowledge, recommending that the academic community publish in open access whenever possible, and also committing itself to facilitating these types of publication by providing resources or dealing with publishers.


On 27 May, a webinar was held on the UB’s open access policy, a policy that has allowed many of the scientific publications of research personnel to be made available in open access through the institutional repository, the Digital Repository. This policy is aligned with both European and national policies to promote open access.


The webinar presented the Plan S, a proposal drawn up by European funding agencies with the support of the European Commission with the aim of promoting open access under the principle of the universality of science, as opposed to the monetization of access to scientific articles.


To learn more about open access at the UB, click here.


To find out more about Plan S, click here.