National Open Access Desk

  • Jonathan England  |
    • Support and landscape

      National initiatives


      OpenAIRE statistics

      12955 OA publications in 3 repositories
    • National policy

      On the 14th of December 2015, Luxembourg’s research institutions all signed and adopted the following common principles on Open Access which provide an overarching framework for individual research institution policies on Open Access. Please note that individual institution policies on Open Access may include more specific conditions.
      1. Dissemination of research results through publication is an integral part of the research activity.
      2. Publicly-funded research outputs must be dessiminated via high-quality, peer-reviewed publications, and opportunities to make results available in Open Access must be maximised.
      3. Nationally funded research outputs should be published with a CC-BY attribution licence6, allowing the information to be copied and reused.
      4. Peer reviewed journal articles and other research outputs resulting in whole or in part from publicly-funded research shall be deposited in an Open Access repository and made publicly discoverable, accessible and re-usable as soon as possible and on an on-going basis. The chosen repository must enable authors and institutions to easily comply with legal deposit laws and provide comprehensive publication metadata to digital libraries.
      5. Researchers may choose any of the valid approaches to Open Access. They are encouraged to exclusively select routes where quality is ensured and double-dipping7 is avoided.
      6. Repositories shall release the metadata immediately upon deposit. Open access to the full text paper should be made immediately upon deposit or upon the publication date at the latest. Access restrictions to the full text article may be applied as required by certain publishers, however these embargoes should not normally exceed six months for scientific, technical and health science research publications and 12 months for arts, humanities and social sciences research outputs.
      7. Long-term digital preservation of publications as well as long-term access to them will be guaranteed by the National Library of Luxembourg, due to its legal obligation of preservation of the country’s published materials.

      Institutional policy

      The University of Luxembourg's Deposit Mandate

      On the 10th of May 2012, the University of Luxembourg launched their Open Access initiative by signing a collaboration agreement with the University of Liège. This launch announced the establishment of both a digital repository, ORBilu, as well as a campaign designed to inform researchers about Open Access and their rights as authors. [ROARmap record]

      The University of Luxembourg requires all University members to:

      1. Deposit full-text electronic copies of all their peer-reviewed journal articles as well as papers from published conference proceedings in the University's digital repository immediately upon acceptance for publication (maximum delay: 1 month). This requirement applies to any articles and/or papers published since 1 January 2009;
      2. Deposit the bibliographic references of all their scientific production published since 1 January 2009 in the University's digital repository. 
      This obligation applies only to those publications made while employed at the University of Luxembourg.

      Funder policy

      The FNR has recently introduced a new mandatory Open Access policy for any publications from FNR (co-)funded projects granted after 1 January 2017 (exception: monographs). Publications from project funds awarded prior to that date are recommended to be Open Access, but it is not mandatory.

      An OPEN ACCESS FUND will be available from 2018 to provide financial support to cover Open Access publication fees (Article Processing Charges) and comply with FNR policy.

    • Key networks and aggregators

        • University of Luxembourg: The University of Luxembourg’s repository, ORBilu, was launched on 22 April 2013. Following the example set by the University of Liège, the University of Luxembourg adopted an institutional ID/OA mandate (immediate deposit – optional access). As of November 2017, the repository contains over 28 900 references with over half of them containing a full-text document. [OpenDOAR record]
        • LBMCC (Laboratoire de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire du Cancer) have a repository fort heir researchers. [OpenDOAR record]

      Data repositories

      Luxembourg does not yet have a national data repository. Researchers are recommended to deposit their data on a subject-specific repository. You may search for a suitable one on the Registry of Research Data Repositories, Re3data. Alternatively, you may deposit your data in a general repository such as Zenodo.

      National publishing initiatives

      The Directory of Open Access Journals lists 2 title for Luxembourg as of November 2017: DOAJ.

      National agreements with publishers


      OA books

      No information available.

    • If you would like to learn more about Open Science, answer specific questions, organise a seminar or a training session for your group, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to help in any way we can! Upcoming events: Open Science Forum - 14-16 November 2018 - 3 days of seminars, debates and practical sessions to make your research more visible, transparent and efficient. Learn more:

      Past events:

      • OpenAIRE presented in 2018 some of the “Myths and Realities around Open Access” to researchers and research support staff alongside a presentation of the  FNR’s Open Access Fund. Slides are available here:
      • A series of workshops aimed at early career-researchers (PhD candidates, post-doc) have been organised in several research institutions in 2017-2018. Slides are available here:
      • ‘Data Conversations’ - the first session was themed over the “GDPR and your research data”. Read about it here:
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