As a leading European publisher established by and working closely with learned societies, EDP Sciences supports open access and the unrestricted dissemination of science. EDP Sciences values the principles of open science and seeks to advance these whenever possible.

Open access to publications is a major component of open science, and in fact the term “open science” is often used interchangeably with “open access”. However, open science means more than open access to scientific publications. Open science aims to make all scientific research outputs (including publications, data, methods, materials, code/software, peer review, educational resources and so on) accessible to everyone for the benefit of scientists and society as a whole. The UN Sustainable Development Goals, supported by the UN SDG Publishers Compact to which EDP Sciences is a signatory, are reliant on open access to information and knowledge. Among many global institutions, UNESCO has published a Recommendation on Open Science.

Open access

Open access means free access to information, plus unrestricted use of the content. At EDP Sciences, open access content is published under a Creative Commons license, in large majority CC-BY license. The CC BY license allows anyone to copy, distribute and transmit work, adapt work, and make commercial use of the work on the condition that the user must attribute the work in the manner specified by the license.

As a publisher established by and working with learned societies, EDP Sciences supports open access and the unrestricted dissemination of science. EDP Sciences aims to transition its entire portfolio of journals to full open access journals in the coming years. Find out more about the EDP Sciences open access portfolio here.

EDP Sciences is a longstanding publisher of “Diamond” open access journals and books which are free for both readers and authors.

EDP Sciences is also exploring and developing new publication models, and was among the early adopters of Subscribe to Open (S2O), which aims to transition subscription journals to open access in a fair and sustainable way without Article Processing Charges (APCs). As an advocate of open science, EDP Sciences supports the principle of transparency in costs and prices. For all journals publishing in open access under S2O, annual transparency reports are published, providing a range of financial and related information of interest to the subscribers and supporters of S2O.

Open data

Journal data policies

EDP Sciences embraces FAIR principles for research data. FAIR data are data which meet principles of Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability. These principles apply not only to “data” in the conventional sense, but also to the algorithms, tools, and workflows that led to that data.

By default, EDP Sciences has a policy to encourage authors to upload data related to their research to an online repository, and to include a Data Availability Statement and data citations in their article (See EDPS’s default Data sharing and Citation Policy. The following journals published by EDP Sciences have implemented more prescriptive data sharing policies than the default data policy. Journal data policies may evolve in the future.

Table. Journals with more prescriptive data policies. In green: mandatory data policy elements. D.A.S.: Data Availability Statement.

Data Policy Type Journal Data sharing in public repository D.A.S. and data citation Data policy of the journal Example
Data sharing mandatory
D.A.S and data citation encouraged
Astronomy & Astrophysics Mandatory in all cases Encouraged Instructions for authors Example
Data sharing encouraged
D.A.S. and data citation mandatory
Journal of ExtraCorporeal Technology Encouraged Mandatory in all cases Data Policy Example
Data sharing mandatory in some cases
D.A.S. and data citation mandatory
Acta Acustica Mandatory for Audio Articles and certain special issues Mandatory in all cases Data policy Example
Data sharing encouraged
D.A.S. and data citation mandatory in some cases
- Mathematical Modelling of Natural Phenomena
- Aquatic Living Resources
Encouraged Mandatory if authors declare data in repository at submission e. g. Data and code sharing Policy Example
- Security and Safety (S&S)
- National Science Open
Encouraged Mandatory for long article types e.g. Instructions for authors Example
Data sharing mandatory in some cases
D.A.S and data citation encouraged
Parasite Mandatory in case of taxonomic studies Encouraged Instructions for authors Example

2.2. Database linking

Database linking is one way to ensure that data can be easily discovered and accessed. This is done by creating bidirectional links between data repositories and published articles. EDP Sciences’ publication platform, Vision4Press, has been developed to support database linking. Readers have one-click access to linked data in dedicated public data repositories that may help to validate research or drive further investigations. This is visible as “Database links” on the right-hand panel of article pages on EDP Sciences’ platform. The following journals and conference proceedings support database linking. Development is ongoing to add links with more supported databases.

Table. Journals supporting database linking on EDP Sciences’ platform.

Database links Journal/Proceedings Examples
Tables at CDS Astronomy & Astrophysics Example
SIMBAD Objects Astronomy & Astrophysics Example
ESO data at telbib Astronomy & Astrophysics Example
NASA ADS Abstract Service Astronomy & Astrophysics, E3S Web of Conferences, EPJ Web of Conferences, Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate… Example
Pubmed Record Medecine/Sciences, Sicot-J, Journal of ExtraCorporeal Technology… Example

Alternative data types: audio and video

EDP Sciences is at the forefront of publishing audio and video data. Two pioneering initiatives are worth highlighting.

- Audio data: EDP Sciences has published the open access journal Acta Acustica since 2020. This was the first journal in the world to publish Audio Articles. Sounds are now not only represented in the classical way, i.e., in figures, but also in sound samples. This is particularly useful for music, speech, noise, hearing, etc. Playable sound clips in mp3 format are embedded in the PDF and HTML versions of the article in the places authors have indicated. It is also mandatory for authors to deposit audio files in an open public repository, and include a Data Availability Statement and data citation in their Audio Articles. See this example of an Audio Article.

Video data: NESTOR, EDP Sciences’ new editorial system, is the first submission system to fully integrate video submissions via Cadmore Media. Cadmore Media is the expert in video streaming for scholarly publishing, providing video with DOIs, descriptive metadata, and full search-text. This integration allows NESTOR to receive and manage many types of video content such as proceedings and video articles, in a fully-integrated, seamless manner. The Cadmore tool is integrated in the submission system of Visualized Cancer Medicine. See this example of a Video article published in Visualized Cancer Medicine.

Preprints and open peer review

“Green open access” policy

Preprints are one of the aspects of open science. Preprints allow manuscripts to be shared with the community as and when they are ready, whether the final version of the article is published open access or not, allowing faster dissemination and in turn supporting scientific progress. EDP Sciences has long applied a generous self-archiving, or “green open access,” policy. See the Self-Archiving policy for more details.

In addition, EDP Sciences provides an automatic article deposition service to the open repository, HAL. This service concerns articles published in open access in EDP Sciences journals under the French National open access agreement, aand articles published in Astronomy & Astrophysics by researchers of the CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission). Authors are encouraged to double-check that the automatic deposit in HAL is error-free. Voir See this example of an article from Astronomy & Astrophysics deposited in HAL.

Peer Community In

EDP Sciences partners with Peer Community In, a non-profit, non-commercial platform that publishes recommendations of preprints after peer-review through specific communities of researchers. The peer reviews and recommendations on PCI are in open access, constituting open peer review. A number of journals published by EDP Sciences are recognized as PCI-friendly journals, and more are on the way. If articles previously recommended by PCI are eventually published in an EDP Sciences’ PCI-friendly journal, they will include a Peer Review Statement, and bi-directional links will be available on both the journal and PCI platforms.

Table. List of PCI-friendly journals published by EDP Sciences.

Journal(s) Relevant PCI(s) Journal policy regarding PCI recommendations URL of PCI policy Examples
Mathematical Modelling of Natural Phenomena PCI Mathematical and Computational Biology May use PCI reviews and recommendations, if appropriate Peer Community In policy Article in MMNP and corresponding PCI recommendation
International Journal of Limnology PCI Ecology, PCI Evol Biol, PCI Zoology, PCI Ecotox Env Chem, PCI Paleo, PCI Microbiol Publish recommended articles without further peer review Peer Community In policy No example yet
Oilseeds and Fats, Crops and Lipids PCI Ecology Publish recommended articles without further peer review TBC No example yet

Open citations, open abstracts

EDP Sciences was an early supporter of both the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) and the Initiative for Open Abstracts (I4A). For all journals published by EDP Sciences, whether they are open access or accessible only to subscribers, EDP Sciences deposits reference lists from journal articles with Crossref as part of its participation in Crossref’s Cited-by. EEDP Sciences similarly deposits abstracts with CrossRef, making it easier for scholars to discover, read and then cite these publications, as well as exploit the content via text mining.

Partnering with EDP Sciences for open science

EDP Sciences sits within an influential, international network and is pleased to publish many leading authors, including Nobel Prize laureates. EDP Sciences offers potential publishing partners a real alternative based on personalised service underlined by the values of Open Science.

Publish with EDP Sciences to maximise dissemination of your work and to help support Open Science. EDP Sciences welcomes ideas and suggestions for new publications or transfers of existing publications. Publish with EDP Sciences if you are:

  • Owners of established journals looking for a new direction
  • Journals currently self-publishing (including society publishers, institutional library publishers, specialist publishers)
  • Researchers wishing to launch a new journal
  • Repositories or other organisations with an idea or proposal


  • Online editorial management systems for quick and easy online submissions and article tracking
  • Copy editing, layout and production of articles, language editing, final proofing of articles
  • Hosting and technical management of journal websites<:li>
  • Article identification using DOI® (Digital Object Identifier), links in references to other publishers using Crossref®, E-first, E-mail alerts, RSS feeds, an “intelligent” search engine, etc.
  • Export of metadata and full-text articles to specialised databases and indexing services (ADS-Nasa, ISI, Pubmed, Medline®, Scopus, Google Scholar, Pascal, etc.)
  • Export of articles to appropriate repositories as required
  • Support for Open Data, Open Code and Open Peer Review
  • Journal development and marketing by an experienced, international team

These services are tried and tested and contribute to improving the visibility of articles submitted by authors and the success of journals published by EDP Sciences.

Case studies

Converting to open access to keep up to date with the needs of authors and evolving market demand. More information
An open access journal launch to deliver cutting-edge research. More information

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