Policies on Open Science at ICAC

Institutional open access policy (2015)

Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in Science and Humanities (2020)

Protocol for the management of research data (2021)

Code of Conduct (2019)

Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R 2021-2023)

Legal framework

ICAC approved, in 2015, an institutional open access policy that involves its entire scientific community to deposit scientific results in the institutional repository, ensure respect for intellectual property rights, take into account data and metadata, follow international regulations and criteria for open access repositories, and provide persistent identifiers that allow perpetual access to documents, among other measures.

Since March 10, 2020, ICAC is one of worldwide 650 signatory institutions of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in Science and Humanities, one of the most emblematic documents of the Open Access Movement, managed by the Max Planck Society.

In order to draw up the institutional commitment of the ICAC on the management and publication of research data following the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable), to increase the efficiency and transparency of research, as well as to ensure compliance of current legislation, the ICAC Board of Directors approved, in 2021, the Protocol for the management of research data.

This protocol is applicable to all ICAC research staff (including associated researchers) and sets the way to deposit all research data from projects funded by public funds in the CORA.Research Data Repository (CORA.RDR), or in repositories specialized in archaeology or multidisciplinary ones with international prestige.

Also the ICAC recognizes the great importance of research data in the Code of Conduct (2019) and in the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R 2021-2023).

Autonomous area

The Parliament of Catalonia approved the first science law, Law 9/2022, of December 21, 2022, on science. This law aims to:

  • Consolidate the position of science carried out in Catalonia.
  • Strengthen the own model of the R+D+ I system.

In accordance with the recommendations of the European Commission and the roadmaps implemented in some countries such as Ireland, The Netherlands or France, the Catalan strategy for Open Science is structured around the following axes (article 79. Information and transmission of knowledge):

  • Open access to scientific publications.
  • Research Data Management: towards FAIR data (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable).
  • Infrastructures for Open Science.
  • Skills and competencies.
  • Incentives and rewards.
  • Open knowledge and society.

National scope

The Spanish Science, Technology and Innovation Law in its article 37, conditions the funding of projects for the publication of the result of the research in open access.

The text of Law 17/2022, approved on September 5, 2022, states that:

  • Scientific publications, data, computer codes and methodologies must be available in open access.
  • Any research activity that is financed mainly with public funds must deposit the final version accepted for publication and the data associated with it in open access institutional or thematic repositories, simultaneously with the publication date.
  • Beneficiaries of public aid and subsidies will ensure that they retain the intellectual property rights necessary to comply with open access requirements.

European area

Regulation (EU) 2021/695 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 April 2021 establishing Horizon Europe – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, laying down its rules for participation and dissemination, and repealing Regulations (EU) No 1290/2013 and (EU) No 1291/2013.


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Last updated: 12/02/2024