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Open Science

The field of open science currently focuses mainly on open access to publications (Open Access, OA) and the sharing of research data according to the FAIR principles. We offer support in the form of consultations or training for academic units or research teams.

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Open Access

Open Access

Open Access is a publication method that ensures free, permanent and unrestricted access to scholarly outputs. These outputs can include peer-reviewed scholarly research publication results.

Open Access publishing models

There are two basic models for Open Access publishing; the choice is to be made with regard to the publisher's conditions. Open Access is achieved through so-called public licenses.

Green Open Access

Green Open Access – self-archiving of works in open repositories (OA is provided by the authors). In this model, the authors continue to publish in the traditional way in subscription-based or open journals, but at the same time store full texts in digital repositories. In this model, Open Access to publications is provided by the authors themselves, but is limited by the publisher’s licensing conditions.

If authors want to publish using the Green Open Access model, they must first find out the publisher’s conditions for self-archiving, either on the publisher’s website or using the Sherpa Romeo service.

To choose the right repository, the authors can use the OpenDOAR service. They can also take advantage of the MU Repository. The use of the repository is regulated by the MU Directive on Repository of Employees’ Works.

Gold Open Access

Gold Open Access – publishing in open access journals (OA provided by publishers). This method of publishing is provided by the publisher of an open access peer-reviewed journal in which the authors can publish their articles.
The basic step in publishing using the Gold Open Access model is to choose a suitable journal. There are several types of open journals for authors to choose from:

  • Diamond/Platinum journals – the entire journal content is available free of charge, the financial costs are covered by the publisher of the journal. These are often journals produced by scholarly communities or university publishers.
  • Paid open access journals – the entire content of the journal is available to readers free of charge; publication fee (also called APC) that covers the costs associated with publishing and peer-review are paid by the author.
  • Hybrid journals – concerns publication in closed journals that will make the selected article available in Open Access mode after the author has paid the publication fee.

When searching for a suitable journal, authors can use the DOAJ service or contact their faculty coordinator.

Creative Commons public licenses

Public licenses are the easiest way to ensure that a published work meets all the conditions and characteristics of Open Access, such as immediate access and reuse. The most common public licenses are Creative Commons providing the authors with six different variants of CC licenses to choose from.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Where can I verify the publisher’s conditions for Green Open Access publishing?

Authors interested in publishing using the Green Open Access model may find the Sherpa Romeo service useful. It provides information about publisher’s conditions concerning self-archiving, e.g. which version of the manuscript can be stored, where and under what conditions. Information about self-archiving conditions can be also found on the websites of individual publishers.

I want to publish in an open access journal, what can I do?

If authors decide to publish their article using the Gold Open Access model, the first step is to find an OA journal. To choose a suitable journal, they can use the DOAJ service. The service provides a list of open access peer-reviewed journals across all fields of science.

What should I do if I have an article published in a closed journal and I need to publish it in an Open Access model?

It is important to find out the conditions of the journal publisher for self-archiving, i.e., whether Green Open Access method of publishing is allowed. Authors can find this information using the Sherpa Romeo service or on the publisher’s website. Depending on these conditions, you can choose the right repository for storing your article. The OpenDOAR service can help you choose the repository.

If the publisher does not allow self-archiving, you can contact us using the contact form.



Article Processing Charge (APC) represents the publisher’s costs associated with publishing an open access journal. APC must be usually paid by the author if they decide to publish using the Gold Open Access model. Masaryk University, as a member of the CzechELib consortium, is entitled to discounts on APC. For authors from Masaryk University, therefore, the APC is partly or fully covered for some publishers.

CzechELib list of APC discounts

Selected publishers providing APC discounts 

  • Cambridge University Press offers free Open Access publishing for authors from Masaryk University. It is possible to publish in journals within the Full Collection. 


  • Emerald Publishing offers authors from MU free and unlimited Open Access publishing. Authors can choose from the Emerald Library Studies eJournal Collection and Emerald’s Management eJournals.


  • Sage Publishing offers 20% discount for Open Access publishing for MU authors. They can publish in journals in selected collections (HSS, STM, Psychology Collection).


  • Taylor & Francis offers free Open Access publishing of a limited number of articles for MU authors. The institution is assigned a fixed number of these articles per year.


Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Who pays the APC?

The charge is paid by the author from the funds of the grant or the academic unit.

How much is the APC?

The amount of APC depends on several factors including the prestige of the journal and competition on the market. APC ranges from hundreds to thousands of EUR. The average price is about EUR 1,900 per article.

How do I find out how much the APC is?

The amount of the charge is mostly published on the publisher’s website.

FAIR/Open data

FAIR/Open Data

Appropriate storage, sharing and publishing of research data is a condition that researchers and grant applicants are increasingly required to meet. Data can have different degrees of openness; making data available according to the FAIR principles does not mean making them automatically available to anyone. The aim is to follow the “as open as possible, as closed as necessary” principle.

FAIR data checklist MU Directive on Research Data

FAIR principles for data

The abbreviation FAIR indicates the four principles that data should comply with. Open access is not a requirement here – not all data can be made available, for example sensitive data. An important principle is also the right of first use belonging to the researcher or team that collected the data.

  • Findable – easily searchable by humans and machines: stored in a suitable repository and described using quality metadata
  • Accessible – clear information on the conditions and possibilities of using the data is provided
  • Interoperable –data is stored in an open and standardized format and described using controlled dictionaries
  • Reusable – metadata provide sufficient description of the context of the data: their license, origin, method of collection, explanation of abbreviations, naming and structure of files, SW used, etc.

Data Management Plan

A Data Management Plan (DMP) is a document describing the handling of data during a research project required by some funding providers (e.g., in Horizon 2020 projects).
The specific wording of the questions varies according to the grant provider, the basic areas are:

  • data collection
  • description of data (documentation and metadata),
  • legal and ethical issues
  • method of storage and access,
  • a plan for deleting or long-term storage of data,
  • data sharing plan,
  • determining the responsibilities for each area.

The DMP is created by the author or research team in the initial phase of the research and is continuously updated. There are tools for creating DMP available online. We can offer you basic assistance with using the Data Stewardship Wizard tool.

Data Stewardship Wizard

Useful links

  • Zenodo: Repository for storing any type of file that is not specific to any field.
  • Open Science Framework (OSF): Platform for working with research data during the entire research project, including its publication, as applicable.
  • Re3data: Registry of research data repositories that provides an easy overview of international data repositories and can help authors to select a suitable repository for their research data.

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