Open knowledge at the UOC

What is open access? Which are its benefits? The open access publishing strategies, its legal framework, and much more.

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Open-access scientific output

The UOC's researchers, professors or course instructors may deposit in the O2 the articles, book chapters or parts, lectures, etc., that they may have produced within the framework of their research activity at the University.

The Guide to depositing Research Materials in O2, the UOC's institutional repository, gives the steps that must be followed to deposit this material.

Researchers must take into account the copyright and editorial policies that publishers apply to publications. On this page we explain the most relevant aspects of this issue.

Copyright and editorial policies

As authors, when a contract is signed with a publishing company, often the work's exploitation rights (reproduction and distribution) are often assigned exclusively to the publisher. It is what is known as copyright transfer and implies that authors cannot disseminate the work on any other channel without the publisher's permission.

To preserve your rights to use and exploit your publications and so that you can copy them, distribute them and make derivative works, you can use various addenda or contract templates:


If you want to deposit a work published previously in a journal before including it in the O2, you must know under what terms you have assigned your rights to the publisher. Although many publishing companies allow dissemination of the preliminary version or preprint (rough draft of the text before review), the post-print, or the version published in institutional repositories, others do not.

You can consult the following databases to ascertain the publishing policies used by the publishers of scientific journals:

  • ​International: SHERPA/RoMEO
  • Spanish: Dulcinea

The versions of articles that can be deposited in open access are the following:

  • Publication of a copy of the articles (published and reviewed).
  • Publication of the version sent (preprint), accepted (postprint) or published (publisher's PDF).
  • Access to publications with the possibility of free access, embargoed access or restricted access.