Open science – HAL

Normandie Université is committed to the national and international movement to make science more visible, accessible and transparent. Thus the National Plan for Open Science, launched on July 4, 2018 by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, makes open access mandatory for publications and for data resulting from project-funded research.

This plan comprises 3 major axes:

  • generalize open access to publications ;
  • structuring and opening up research data;  
  • be part of a sustainable, European and international dynamic.

With this plan, “France is committed to ensuring that the results of scientific research are open to all – researchers, companies and citizens – without hindrance, without delay, without payment”.

Normandie Université’s support for the open access movement has been reflected since November 2017 in the HAL Normandie Université portal, whose ambition is:

  • improve the consultation and international visibility of Normandy publications;
  • freely disseminate scientific heritage throughout Normandy;
  • ensure long-term archiving of the documents deposited;
  • enable lecturers, doctoral students and research organizations to benefit from high value-added services (export of bibliographic lists for reports, automatic feeding of laboratory websites, creation of CVs).

HAL Normandie Université also enables each research structure to create a collection, a showcase for the scientific production of its members. Since 2018, Caen Normandie University has supported the creation of a collection for each research structure. To achieve this goal, each laboratory is encouraged to appoint a “HAL referent”. This correspondent, trained by the HAL Normandie Université support unit to take charge of the collection, has the role of encouraging and supporting researchers’ HAL filings, and pointing out the training needs of members of his or her unit.

As of March 1, 2022, the HAL Normandie Université portal includes :

  • more than 66,900 references and nearly 26,500 full-text repositories,
  • 79 laboratory and research structure collections,
  • 8 institutional collections, including the UNICAEN collection, with nearly 42,500 references and over 15,600 full-text repositories,
  • 4 collections for Norman theses and dissertations.

To support the scientific community in Normandy, the support unit offers an annual training campaign on the HAL portal, as well as individualized discussion sessions to take stock of the researcher’s IdHAL, create his CV, help him deposit the full text of his publications, and answer any questions on the challenges of open science.

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