Frequently asked questions

This page lists the frequently asked questions for the Danish Open Access Indicator.

What is the scope of the Open Access Indicator?

The scope is peer-reviewed, scientific publications registered in the research databases of the participating institutions, and published in conference proceedings or journals with ISSN for any given submission year. See more in the documentation available online at the Indicator's Overview.

How is Open Access measured by the Open Access Indicator?

This varies slightly across the years, but the general rule is, that Open Access to a specific publication is established if it is published in an Open Access Journal and/or is downloadable from an open repository - either a local repository with the participating institutions or an accepted external repository. See more in the documentation available online at the Indicator's Overview.

Where does the Open Access Indicator get its data from?

Publication metadata is collected from each of the local research databases of the 8 Danish universities. In addition, a number of authority and auxiliary data are collected. See more details online at the Indicator’s Technical Documentation.

Is Hybrid Open Access measured in the Open Access Indicator?

No, the Open Access Indicator does not measure Hybrid Open Access automatically. However, if the publication is uploaded in either the universities’ research databases or other recognized Open Access repositories the publication will be Open Access realized.

When can I see the new Open Access results?

According to the annual production cycle, The Open Access Indicator aims at launching the Open Access results in April every year.

How can I suggest an external repository for the authority list?

The authority list is updated yearly based on input from the Danish universities. During a hearing period, the universities may suggest new repositories to be added to the list. The suggested repositories are evaluated in accordance with six criteria and, if these are met, the repositories may be added to the list. The current list of external repositories, and an elaboration of the criteria for inclusion are available online.

Is it possible to see the authority list of journals with long embargos?

Yes, the current authority list of journals with long embargos is available online. Every year the list is updated with the most recent embargo lists from five major publishers in addition to which the universities may, in a comment period, suggest other journals with very long embargo periods.

Is it possible to download the Open Access Indicator dataset from this and previous years?

Yes, the full datasets from all years are available for download on the Data page.

Does "Blocked" Open Access cover the same criteria as "Unclear" Open Access potential?

Yes, when revising Denmark’s National Open Access Strategy in 2018, the category “Unclear” Open Access potential changed name to “Blocked” Open Access. The criteria, however, are unchanged and cover:

  • journals not registered in Sherpa/RoMEO
  • journals in the white category in Sherpa/RoMEO
  • journals with embargos above 12 months

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