Policies and demands on open access

Both KI and research funders as well as the government advocate that scientific publications should be published openly and freely available (open access).

KI:s policy on open access

The open access policy at Karolinska institutet applies to all researchers employed at KI who publish the results of their research.

The policy includes three principles:

  1. KI’s researchers have to make their peer-reviewed publications openly and freely available (open access). Where possible, this has to be done immediately in conjunction with publication. This principle can be fulfilled either by publishing the article open access in a journal or by self-archiving the manuscript in an open archive. Find out more about how to publish open access
  2. Where possible, KI’s researchers have to choose an open license, e.g. a CC BY license, for their publications. A CC BY license without restrictions means that others are allowed to share (copy, distribute and transmit the material irrespective of medium or format) and process (remix, transform and build upon the material) as long as the author is recognized. The CC BY license is the one recommended in the KI open access policy, find out more about the different CC BY licenses and how to use them
  3. Where possible, publications have to meet the FAIR principles. (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). Find out more about the FAIR principles and how you can fulfill them.

Research funders' policies and demands

Many research funders have demands on publishing open access. Here are some of them:



Read KI's policy on open publication

Last updated: 2021-11-25