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.


  • DSpace

DspaceDSpace is one of the most widely used open source software by academic institutions for managing institutional repositories. Among them is the CSIC itself through its Digital CSIC repository.

Its development is the result of the joint effort carried out by MIT and HP Labs, which released the first version in 2002. This software guarantees correct storage, conservation, preservation and dissemination of the information produced by the institutions that use it.

Since 2022, the CSIC, through the URICI, has provided financial support to the initiative as a Bronze Member.


  • 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.


  • Peer Community In (PCI)

pciPeer Community In (PCI) is a non-profit scientific organization made up of researchers who review and recommend pre-prints of scientific articles. Pre-prints must be deposited in institutional, open access, or pre-print repositories.

This initiative arises in order to find solutions to several of the problems posed by the traditional model of scientific publication. These include, above all, the lack of transparency in the peer-review process and the excessive delay in the publication process of the results presented in scientific articles.

Within PCI, several communities of researchers are established who disinterestedly evaluate and recommend articles in their area of ​​research. All recommendations and review reports are published on the PCI website in open access. In addition, they are assigned a DOI so that they can be cited.

PCI is conceived as a complement to the traditional peer review system. Some journals accept these reviews as valid, while others submit the pre-prints to the peer review process they have established.

PCI also has Peer Community Journal, a diamond open access journal (that is, free for both authors and readers) in which authors can directly publish their PCI-recommended pre-print.

CSIC, through URICI, has collaborated with Peer Community In since 2022.