University Open Access Policy

The University is fully committed to the Open Science movement.
"L'Open Access à l'université" by SCD Univ Rennes

The open access dissemination of scientific production is an important added value for science, for society and for the visibility of our research, for the benefit of individual actors as well as for research units and the University.

Therefore, the University has decided to fully embrace the Open Science movement.

  • 2012: Launch of the first open repository HAL-Rennes1, followed by HAL-Rennes in January 2023
  • 2017: Adoption of an open archive policy requiring all researchers to deposit in HAL (or have the Library deposit for them) the final author accepted version of their journal articles.
  • 2018: Signing of the Jussieu Appeal for Open Science and Bibliodiversity
  • 2019: Commitment to the HRS4R approach, including an ambitious Open Science Action Plan
  • 2020: Signature of the Sorbonne Declaration on Research Data Rights
  • 2023: HAL-RENNES open repository

The University therefore undertakes to:

  1. Implement locally the national and European policies for the implementation of Open Access and facilitating the deposit and reporting of publications in the French repository HAL:
    • by supporting and promoting the development of HAL in order to facilitate the deposit of articles,
    • by assisting researchers to facilitate the deposit of publications, to ensure compliance with the legal conditions (embargoes on dissemination) and to guarantee the long-term archiving of publications deposited in HAL,
    • by informing its researchers of the requirements of research funding programmes (European Commission, ANR, etc.) relating to the publication of research results.
  2. Raise awareness and train the university community on the social and scientific challenges of Open Access and Open Science:
    • by encouraging its researchers since 2012 to deposit and disseminate their scientific publications in the repository HAL-Rennes1, which will become HAL-Rennes at the beginning of 2023,
    • by reinforcing training on open science and all the themes and tools that make it possible to promote good practice in open access to publications,
    • by offering doctoral students training in open science issues and practices.
  3. Support researchers in the publication process. The Library is at your disposal to:
    • Help you with the deposit of your full-text publications in HAL,
    • Help you promote them thanks to several tools (publication webpages, collections, etc.),
    • Answer all your questions about open access,
    • Introduce our repository to the research units.
  4. Promote bibliodiversity in order to :
    • Avoid the editorial concentration fulled by the aggregation of subscriptions and Open Access publishing costs,
    • Support alternative economics models that allow the emergence of new authoring practices, new peer review processes and new content editorial services.
  5. Establish a working group to reflect on the structuring, preservation and opening up of research data to make it accessible, interoperable and re-usable.