Università Cattolica supports open access with the conviction that it reinforces the visibility, dissemination, and exploitation of scientific research results at both national and international level. On the 6th of December 2006, it joined the Berlin Declaration and in 2008 it launched the first Institutional Open Access Repository for the University's doctoral theses, DocTA. In 2012, the Institutional Repository of the University's publications was created, with the obligation for all teachers and researchers to update their publications in PubliCatt.
The University's extensive commitment also involves the Library, which has launched a series of initiatives for open access publication, in addition to the funds granted by the University. In order to guarantee a contribution for the payment of the fees requested by publishers:
- 2019: signing of an agreement with the Swiss publisher MDPI whereby authors affiliated to Università Cattolica and Policlinico Gemelli are granted a 10% discount on publication fees.
- Subscription to the CRUI-Elsevier contract which gives discounts on Article Processing Charges (APC).
- On an experimental basis, it enters into the Transformative Agreements managed at national level by CRUI. The immediate advantage for researchers is the possibility to publish in open access in selected journals without direct costs on research funds.
- From the 1st of July 2020, the contract with the publisher Springer-Nature became operational for a list of Springer, ADIS, Palgrave-branded magazines (excluding Nature-branded magazines). The contract provides that for a certain number of open access publications (almost equal to 2018 publication data), the University’s researchers are entitled to publish in open access in a list of journals as detailed on the Springer website dedicated to the CRUI-CARE contract.
More information about the opportunities offered by other Transformative Agreements and individual publishers will follow on this webpage.
Researchers are free to choose the journal to publish the results of their research, but no charge will be made to research funds if the journal is in Springer-Nature’s list, or among those of the publishers who will follow.
In order to facilitate access to these opportunities for UCSC researchers, it is suggested that corresponding authors and authors indicate their ORCID in their publications and in their respective publication processes and declare their affiliation to the University.
Any requests for clarification or further investigation can be addressed to: