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Research Dissemination

Aspects related to research dissemination: journals, open access, intellectual property, etc.


In scientific journals

The main objective of researchers and R&D institutions is to publish in high impact journals.

At the Informe APEI sobre publicación en revistas científicas (APEI Report on Publication in Scientific Journals - Spanish) you will find the aspects that must be taken into account to write and publish scientific articles with a level of quality enough to be accepted in high impact journals.

In the Institutional Repository

Publishing in open access at the University of Almeria is quite simple: we have the Institutional Repository. Its purpose is to preserve and to disseminate the scientific and institutional production of the University of Almeria and, additionally, to promote open access to scientific literature. 

  • What is a repository

In the field of electronic publishing, and especially in academia, repositories are digital archives for the results of scientific research.

  • What are the advantages of publishing in the Institutional Repository of the University of Almeria?

- Increasing visibility and accessibility .

- Broadening the protection of copyright.

- Providing a stable method for storage and retrieval.

- Getting statistics on views and downloads.

  • How to find repositories of other institutions

- Web Repository Ranking WEBOMETRICS

- RECOLECTA (Fecyt / Rebiun) (Spain)

  - BuscaRepositorios

- Digital CSIC (Institutional Repository of the Higher Council for Scientific Research)

 On social networks

When we speak of "open science" or "science 2.0" we refer to the use of the tools and services of the social web, applied to the scientific process.

There are three main areas for open science:

  1. Sharing research. 
  2. Sharing resources. 
  3. Sharing results 

More info at Ciencia 2.0: aplicación de la web social a la investigación (REBIUN) (Spanish); and at the Report of Research Information Network If you build it, will they come? , on how researchers perceive and use web 2.0

Open Access


On 24th July, 2017, the Governing Council of the UAL approved the Open Access Institutional Policy of the University of Almería (published in the UAL's Official Gazette, n. 7, 1st August, 2017, pages 116-119)


  • What is open access?

According to the Berlin declaration on Open Access (English original version:, Open access contributions must satisfy two conditions:

  1. The author(s) and right holder(s) of such contributions grant(s) to all users a free, irrevocable, worldwide, right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship (community standards, will continue to provide the mechanism for enforcement of proper attribution and responsible use of the published work, as they do now), as well as the right to make small numbers of printed copies for their personal use.
  2. A complete version of the work and all supplemental materials, including a copy of the permission as stated above, in an appropriate standard electronic format is deposited (and thus published) in at least one online repository using suitable technical standards (such as the Open Archive definitions) that is supported and maintained by an academic institution, scholarly society, government agency, or other well-established organization that seeks to enable open access, unrestricted distribution, inter operability, and long-term archiving.

The Budapest Open Access Initiative (December 2001) and the Bethesda Statement (April 2003) express it in the same vein.

  • It is supported by Institutions?

Statements and initiatives can be rarely carried out if they do not have institutional support. In the European Union, the European Research Council has its Guidelines in relation to open access; and the FP7 and Horizon 2020 Programmes propose the inclusion of the results of research in repositories accessible to the entire research community.

  • What are the advantages?

(From the Libopedia project)

ventajas de una ciencia más abierta


  • Selection of sites with open content

- Directory of Open Access Journals: (sponsored by the Swedish University of Lund).
- Free Medical Journals: open content, total, partial or after an embargo period.
- PLOS Journals: Journals published by the Public Library of Science, including PLoS Biology, PLoS Medicine and PLoS ONE - Interactive Journal for communication among scientists.
- PubMed Central: life sciences and biomedicine from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH).
- CSIC e-Revistas: Open access platform of Spanish and Latin American electronic scientific journals
- SCIELO: Latin American scientific publications.
- OAIster: OCLC open content search engine.
- ArXiv: Conceived as a tool in the field of Physics, later expanded to content on Maths, Biology and Informatics, among other disciplines - currently hosted at Cornell University.




Intellectual property


  • What happens in academia?

In commercial publication, the author gives much of its rights up to scientific journals. However, the content of the assignment is not the same in all cases. Various initiatives encourage authors to submit addenda to retain some rights: See the proposals by Berkeley, MIT or the Association of Research Libraries.

  • And to spread what is already commercially published through our Institutional Repository?

Almost all scientific journals have developed a self-archiving policy, which stipulate what rights the author retains with respect to open access to their publications. These policies are available on Sherpa/Romeo (for international journals) and Dulcinea (Spanish journals).

  • Is there any additional protection for Internet content?

Between copyright and copyleft, there is an international initiative through which we protect our content on the Internet: Creative Commons licenses. Our Institutional Repository uses the most widely used one: Creative Commons 3.0 España.


  • To learn more about open access, you can visit these pages:

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)
OASIS Project (Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook)