Luxembourg
Last updated on 
11 May 2020

National Open Access Desk

Luxembourg Learning Centre
  • Overview

    Support and Landscape

    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! 

    Past events: 

    National Initiatives

    national landscape

  • Open Science Policy

    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-dipping 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.

    national policy

    Funder policy

    For projects (co-)funded by the FNR and accepted before 1 January 2017, no policy applies, though authors are recommended to make their publications accessible in Open Access.

    For projects granted after 1 January 2017 but before 1 January 2021 (exception: monographs), the FNR requires for publications to be accessible in Open Access. The minimum requirement is for the Author Accepted Manuscript (aka. postprint) or the Version of Record (aka. publisher's version) to be deposited on a suitable OA repository respecting an embargo period of 6 months (or 12 months for social sciences and humanities). Should OA publications fees (i.e. Article Processing Charges) be required, the FNR reimburses through its OPEN ACCESS FUND up to 2500€ for OA journals, 1500€ for hybrid journals and 2000€ for monographs. Read the full guidelines here.

    For projects accepted after 1 January 2021, FNR's policy aligns with the guidelines set by Plan S, the FNR being a member of cOAlition S. Publications must be made available in OA immediately upon publication (i.e. no embargo allowed) and authors must retain sufficient copyright allowing them to deposit their Author Accepted Manuscript in an open access repository under a public licence. The FNR will continue funding OA publications fees when required, with the exception of hybrid journals that are not part of a transformative agreement. Read the full guidelines here.

    Authors from projects accepted after 1 January 2021 will also be required to possess an ORCID and draft a Data Management Plan before the beginning of the project.

    funder policy

    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.

    institutional policy

  • Infrastructure & EOSC

    Key networks & 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]

    national infra

    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 data repos

    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

  • Training & Support

    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! 

    Past events: 

  • Statistics

    13,272 OA publications in 3 repositories
  • News

    28 November 2018
    Learning through the structure of a workshop is essential, but sometimes our brains also need distraction and entertainment. During the week of the Luxembourg Open Science Forum, library users were challenged to take part in the Open Science Quest to learn about Open Science practices at their own pace. The freely available Open Science Voyager Pack consisted of a travel sheet and a pencil (t...
    28 November 2018
    A Forum, a quest, a policy.Those were the three words that characterised the week of 12 to 16 November 2018 in Luxembourg. Three days of seminars, debates and workshops, with speakers invited from across Europe, allowed attendants to explore ways of making research more visible, transparent and efficient. Ahead of the Forum, CEOs and stakeholders met to discuss a national plan for Open Science. An...
    27 April 2018
    On Wednesday 25th of April 2018 took place the first edition of Luxembourg’s ‘Data Conversations’ series, themed over the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which provides new and updated rules for the protection of personal data which will become applicable in a month on the 25th of May 2018. Six speakers and more than 60 researchers and research support officers participated to the...
    24 November 2017
    It was only 30 years ago that the first public research centres were founded in Luxembourg, but today research and innovation have settled as core priorities to contribute towards the country’s economic diversification and future prosperity. On Thursday 26th of October 2017, as part of the Open Access Week (23-29 October 2017), researchers from all research institutions within Luxembourg were invi...
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