Developing an Open Science publishing strategy

Summary of the course

This module presents the mechanisms of scientific publishing, dissemination of research work and explains the criteria for selecting journals to publish in open access, in a transdisciplinary perspective. It also sheds light on alternative dissemination methods (open archives, preprints repositories, open institutional publishing projects). The main objective is to strengthen the skills of PhD students as authors and provide the methods and tools to develop a publishing strategy in line with open science while protecting their rights in the digital age.


Overall, this module will help the PhD students to develop a publication strategy with the Open Science perspective. This module provides guidelines to promote and share publications (open archives, preprint databases, institutional open edition…).

This blended course includes a self-training session (2H) in Moodle and a live webinar a few days later (1H):

  • The self-training session aims at presenting the definitions, resources and tools used in the Open Science approach through short capsules of contents and short training activities. Participants will complete this asynchronous part within 10 days (deadline 3 days before the final webinar).
  • The final webinar will be very interactive and aimed at 1) debriefing the self-training phase 2) going further to help you to set out open science good practices for your research project.

Module program:

  • The process of scientific editing
  • The business model of journals and publication costs (APC)
  • What is a predatory publisher?
  • Why and where to publish?
  • The main criteria to select open access journals
  • Following instructions to authors
  • Putting yourself in the position of a reviewer
  • Open peer-reviewing with Peer Community In
  • The fundamentals of copyright and publishing contract
  • How to apply the Law « pour une République Numérique » (HAL and Creative Commons License)


  • Describing the steps in the traditional publication process
  • Describing the economic models of scientific journals and the resulting global issues
  • Identifying the editors with questionable practices
  • Identifying the different peer-reviewing models
  • Identifying different types of open archives and open institutional publishing projects
  • Interpreting a publishing contract to understand authors ‘rights
  • Applying the law “pour une Rébublique Numérique” (2016)


  • Direction générale déléguée des bibliothèques et musées

Practical information

No sessions this semester








Online (Moodle and Zoom)



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