Open Archives

Open sciences, open access, open archives …?

The open access objective is to promote an opened and free access to scientific production in digital form. This movement started during the 1990s. Since then, various practicing have been established to develop an open access to science:

  • Golden way: offers to the reader periodicals and books in open access directly
  • Green way (self-archiving): the researcher or a third person leave the scientific production on an open archive server


At INSA,  we have an open archive repository where you can find all the researchers articles.
It is called HAL INSA-Toulouse.
Created by the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research), it is the biggest data base for French speaking research and it receives more than a million of publications.



What is at stake?

Nowadays, the access to science is hindered by private editorial policies which request high prices for the access scientific articles. This cost is very expensive for higher education and research institutions. As a matter of fact, a university has to pay to access to the scientific production of its own researchers. Moreover, the prices of these subscriptions constantly increase …


Représentation de l'augmentation du budget consacré à la documentation numérique à l'Insa de Toulouse


For some years, the Open Access is supported by politic institutions.

In France, the digital law of the 8th of October 2016 enables the researchers to freely submit their publications on an Open Archive platform, 6 months after their publication (12 months for Human and Social Sciences). This law is part of a European dynamic: the European commission aims for a transition to 100% Open Access model in 2020 (H2020 program).


Free the science!

There are various interests to give free and open access to research results. Among the most important: the massive access to research production that will benefit the entire society. In addition, its enables to nourish the social debates but also to accelerate the technological transfer (related to the medical or energy sciences for instance)


INSA Toulouse support the Open Access

In October 2017, the INSA adopted a HAL portal in order to make accessible its laboratories researchers’ production. Bib’INSA is supporting for every researcher who wants to submit his/her publications on HAL.

For every question or information, please contact us at the following email: hal-insa @

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