The theme for the International Open Access Week 2018, starting today on October 22, is “designing equitable foundations for open knowledge.” Open Science is one of the core values of the research and publication activities of the institute. To celebrate the OA-week, we present how DI has worked towards the aims of OA-publishing. In addition, the staff at DI has selected one article from our publications for each day to highlight some current research themes in the study of religion.
Two publications are issued continuously by the Donner Institute: Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis and Approaching Religion. During the past years, DI has actively worked to make the institute’s publications freely available online by digitalizing older articles, improving metadata, seeking inclusion into international databases and indexes, and transferring our journals to the publication portal journal.fi maintained by the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies (TSV).
We believe in Open Science
We believe that the knowledge we are part of creating should be freely available to researchers worldwide. Therefore, our scholarly publications are published as digital open-access publications following the so-called golden model for open-access publishing, which means that our publications are freely available online, in their entirety, without embargo times, costs or demands concerning login or subscription. Authors are not charged any publication fee for publishing with us.
We also encourage researchers funded by us to publish their results openly. By supporting and encouraging the open-science ideals, both in the research we carry out and in the research we fund, we aim to contribute to developing a more responsible, fair and equal academic discussion that enables participation at a global level.