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INRA releases official open-access guidelines

INRA signed the Berlin Declaration in July 2004 and has spent the ensuing years promoting the accessibility of its scientific resources in many ways. The institution formalized its open access policy in May 2016 - it involves seven main principles with a two-fold goal.

INRA open access and open data policy. © INRA
Updated on 06/12/2017
Published on 10/12/2016

INRA’s commitment to open science goes beyond just providing access to its publications. Its broad policy, which now targets manuscripts and datasets, has two main goals:

  • By increasing data accessibility, the institute aims to increase research transparency and dissemination (e.g., bolstering support for its scientific publications; conveying its findings to the general public, journalists, stakeholders in civil society, and NGOs; and encouraging citizen science)
  • By encouraging data sharing, the institute seeks to create additional value from knowledge it has generated and fuel innovation

Acting on its own initiative, INRA has committed to improving the accessibility of its scientific resources over the next five years. This policy direction is related to the government’s renewal of the institute’s mandates and framed by the institute’s research code. It is also influenced by changes in how research is published and by strong policies at the French and European levels that promote open access to scientific information.

Seven main principles

  1. INRA-produced resources should be open access whenever possible
  2. INRA is responsible for organizing the storage of its scientific resources and promoting their proper use
    Data are an asset that should be managed and exploited
    ProdInra is the institute’s repository for scientific publications and promotes their use
  3. Interoperability is desirable because it promotes and facilitates data reuse
  4. Open access to publications and data is a priority, but legal restrictions must be respected
  5. When assessing the performance of INRA researchers and engineers, evaluation committees will rely exclusively on the publication lists and full texts available from ProdInra
  6. The storage and long-term preservation of digital resources must be ensured
  7. Research projects must help pay for data storage and accessibility as well as for publication fees.

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INRA open access and open data policy

INRA open access and open data policy. © INRA
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INRA open access and open data policy

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