Open access

What is Open Access ?

For a first approach of the Open Access movement, you can watch this 3 minutes video released by the Right to Research Coalition (supported by SPARC) in 2009 :

Gold Open Access :

Original Gold OA is free for the author and content access is free for the reader : OA journals have direct or indirect subsidies from institutions like universities, laboratories, research centers, libraries, hospitals, museums, learned societies, foundations, or government agencies as for The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals.

The "payment on behalf of the author" model is a hijacked version of the original gold OA model : the researchers are required to pay APC (Article Processing Charges) when submitting papers to a journal so that their articles are proposed for immediate access and are free for the reader when posted on the publisher's site.  A large number of publishers, only attracted by the opportunity of rapid and significant profits obtained through that model have recently emerged and a librarian from Colorado (USA) keeps track of a black list of these "predatory" publishers on

Green Open Access :

Green Open Access refers to researchers self-archiving the full text of their papers in open archives . It is the first strategy advocated in the Budapest Open Access Initiative in 2002. is a digital publishing platform where articles come from papers which are filed in open archives such as HAL or arXiv, and are not published elsewhere. These “epijournals” add value to open archives by providing the scientific caution of an editorial board to the validated papers.

Open Access in LAAS

LAAS is involved in the international movement on open access by depositing on HAL, the French multidisciplinary open archive, the theses, HDR and scientific research documents written by the LAAS researchers.

For a first approach about the open access movement click here.

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Why deposit in HAL ?

A paper published in HAL is cited 10 times more since it’s widely released and therefore more read !
Read : Pourquoi déposer vos publications dans HAL ?

LAAS Process for filing your research documents

For a synthetic approach  about HAL and how to file your research documents at LAAS, you can browse the brochure Publis_LAAS_HAL_2017_EN.pdf

HAL filing assistance

You are invited to submit documents on HAL, the STI service can help you do so and provides you with training materials for this purpose : HAL-User_Guide_2016_EN.pdf

Legal aspects

To know the English-language publishers copyright policies regarding self-archiving your papers on an open archive, you can check SHERPA RoMEO :
You can also read the brochure, Je publie, quels sont mes droits and the recommandations pour un dépôt régulier de vos publications en archives ouvertes on the CNRS website.

LAAS collections in HAL

LAAS has chosen to have its own portal in HAL "HAL-LAAS Open Archive", by clicking here you will access directly to the LAAS collection in HAL and you can view all the documents that have already been deposited there.

The 26 research teams also have a collection in HAL as well as the 8 departments and the technical services. To have a look, click on :

The team leaders can manage the collections : it allows them to edit statistics such as the number of files downloaded over a given period.

There is also a specific collection for theses and HDR and collections for conferences organized by the LAAS.

Finally, you can build up a personal collection in HAL and customize the home page.

Research data

In a digital time, multi-purpose platforms (ideas, data, publications, results) allow better sharing of knowledge: this is the name of the open policy for Scientific and Technical Information of the future which CNRS proposes to its communities of researchers. In the document « A better sharing of knowledge » (published in December 2014, p.105), one of the objectives is to implement shared rules and conditions for the promotion of data created in CNRS research projects.

In addition, the CNRS ethics committee has issued its opinion on « The ethical issues of sharing scientific data » on May 7, 2015 : « Given the complexity of the obligations that researchers encounter, this notice aims at reaffirming the reasoned sharing of data and aims at including new requirements for the provision of data in the assessment of their work. The issue of data, whether locks have to be overcome or limits to openness have to be taken into account, has become a crucial issue in the definition of scientific policies. »

Indeed, since December 2013, beneficiaries of projects under the Horizon 2020 framework program have to give a free access to their scientific publications and research data for the axes within the pilot project. The following documents provide guidelines for data management in Horizon 2020 and are intended to give researchers indications on how they can comply with their responsibilities regarding research data quality, sharing and security:

- Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in Horizon 2020

- Guidelines on Data Management in Horizon 2020

That is why in order to support research teams that submit a project as part of Horizon 2020, INIST-CNRS offers a series of multimedia tutorials on open access to research results:

  • One tutorial on the general principles for depositing publications and research data through Horizon 2020 framework program
  • Five tutorials on writing a DMP (Data Management Plan)
  • One tutorial on the filing of research data in a repository

"Documentary practices and new modes of publication" survey

A survey was conducted in 2006 in the laboratory on "documentary practices and new modes of publication". You will find the synthesis and analysis of the results by clicking here.

This investigation was conducted jointly at LAAS and by the "Cell Surfaces and Signaling in Plants" laboratory from UMR 5546, "Alive" department.
Here is the resulting poster.