Open Science Infrastructures Support

Infraestructuras ciencia abierta

Open science is assuming an increasingly relevant role not only within traditional research practices, but also within society as a whole. There are several platforms that promote the dissemination of open access content, the research data reuse and its reproduction, pillars on which open science is based. These platforms are not subjected to commercial interests and depend on the disinterested contributions of several agents committed to the principles of open science to develop their mission and achieve their objectives.

SCOSS (Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services) plays a key role in identifying ongoing initiatives and their funding needs. Its work facilitates that the initiatives evaluated by this institution have a sustained economic contribution which allows them to develop their work.  

CSIC, through the Unit of Scientific Information Resources for Research (URICI), actively collaborates with several infrastructures whose ultimate goal is to promote open science in different ways. Currently CSIC contributes with:

  • arXiv


arXiv is an open access repository of scientific research open avalable to users worldwide. It is a forum for scholarly communication moderated, informed and guided by scientists. Individual researchers can deposit their content in arXiv free of charge.

arXiv provides open access to more than 1.5 million papers in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, statistics, electrical engineering, and economics.

It is funded by Cornell University, the Simmons Foundation and member institutions, which include libraries, laboratories, professional organizations and research centers, foundations and other non-profit entities. CSIC is a member of arXiv since 2010.

More information about arXiv Membership Program:

  • COAR

COARCOAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories) is an international association with more than 150 members worlwide, including libraries, universities, research centers and funding agencies. It brings together both individual repositories and repository networks.  Among the aims of this organization, with which CSIC has been collaborating since 2011, are joining forces to develop policies and best practices and to act as a spokesperson for the repository community.

COAR carries out diverse activities related to open science, new generation repositories, etc. It also offers its members forums for the exchange of information and experiences through various groups.

  • DataCite

DATACITEDataCite is an international not-for-profit organization focused on enabling research data to be located, identified and properly cited. To this end, it facilitates the assignment of DOIs to datasets and other research-derived products generated by its members.

The accurate description of datasets and the provision of metadata derived from the assignment of DOIs make the data more discoverable, shareable, citable and reusable. Moreover, these requirements are a guarantee of the reliability of the information.

CSIC is an institutional member of DataCite. As a result of this membership, DIGITAL.CSIC assigns DOIs to the datasets archived in the repository since 2016 and to the preprints and software since 2017. It is not essential that the information is open access to receive a DOI.



DOABDOAB (Directory of Open Access Books) is an open access platform where peer-reviewed scholarly e-books offered in a free open access model are collected. It is committed to the principles of open science, so its main purpose is to facilitate the discovery of these books both through its portal and the collection and dissemination of their metadata. Aggregators and libraries can reuse this metadata.

DOAB was created in 2012 by the OAPEN Foundation and is based at the National Library of the Netherlands (The Hague). CSIC collaborates with this initiative as a "supporter member" since 2021.

DOAB is open to collaboration with any publisher that offers peer-reviewed open access scholarly content in a free open acess mode.

  • DOAJ

DOAJDOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) is an independent database of more than 16,000 peer-reviewed gold open access journals. Its mission is to increase the visibility, accessibility, reputation, use and impact of these journals, regardless of their discipline, origin or language.   

The subject matter of the collected publications covers all areas of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts and humanities. Journals from all eligible countries and languages are accepted.

DOAJ is funded by contributions from libraries, publishers and related institutions, including CSIC. All of them have a firm commitment to open access and the infrastructures that support it.

Among DOAJ's most notable projects is its participation in the drafting of "Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing".

It is a precious tool to identify diamond journals.

  • OpenCitations

OpenCitationsOpenCitations is a non-profit organization whose goal is the open publication of bibliographic and citation data following the Linked Open Data model.

It was one of the founders of the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC). Its aim is to become an alternative to traditional proprietary citation indexes such as Web of Science (WOS) or Scopus. OpenCitations is committed to the principles of open science and adopts the FAIR Data Principles.

CSIC collaborates with this institution as a "supporter member" since 2021.