Frequent questions

Open Science is the practice whose objective is to increase and facilitate access to scientific research, materials and information resulting from these processes, which have been financed with public resources.

All this, with the purpose of benefiting citizens from the maximum dissemination of scientific, technological, and innovation knowledge.

In Mexico, the open science policy has six fundamental programs:

  1. Journals Program
  2. National Consortium of Scientific and Technological Information Resources
  3. Repository Program
  4. Public Communication of Science Program
  5. Integrated Information Systems on Scientific Research, Technological Development, and Innovation
  6. Connectivity Program

Open access is the free, immediate and online provision of scientific research articles allowing the total reuse of the contained information. Mexico, through CONACYT, is implementing a national strategy to democratize scientific, technological and innovation information; also known as Open Access Strategy (EAA).

This strategy seeks to provide access to research, educational, academic, scientific, technological, and innovation resources, through a digital platform and without any subscription, registration, or payment requirements, completely or partly financed with public resources or using public infrastructure in its realization. The above respecting the provisions on patents, protection of intellectual or industrial property, national security and copyright, among others, as well as that information that, because of its nature or decision of the author, is confidential or reserved.

According to the Open Access Strategy, it is a centralized digital platform that, according to international standards, stores, maintains, preserves and disseminates scientific, technological, and innovation information derived from scientific research.

The National Repository is the centralized digital platform that mainly adds information from Institutional Repositories, whose coordination and operation models are ruled by CONACYT. Its main objective is the dissemination of the information resources mentioned in GUIDANCE TWENTY-FOURTH of the Specific Guidelines for Repositories, to encourage their use, reuse and accelerate scientific collaboration. To guarantee access to the information resources contained, there will be no financial, legal or technical barriers beyond those imposed by Internet access.

These are the digital platforms, interoperable with the National Repository, that contain the Information Resources mentioned in the guideline TWENTY-FOURTH Guidelines of the Specific Guidelines for Repositories, and which have been generated by an institution that carries out scientific and technological research. To guarantee access to the information resources contained, there will be no financial, legal or technical barriers beyond those imposed by Internet access.

  • Accelerate the process of communication and dissemination of science.
  • Accelerate the process of knowledge generation.
  • Build models of personal and collective learning.
  • Collect and exchange produced information of all areas of knowledge.
  • Maximize the visibility of scientific, academic, and institutional production.
  • Maximize the impact in society of the scientific production of institutions.
  • Encourage the creation of electronic publications.

In accordance with Chapter V, guideline TWENTY-FOURTH of the General Guidelines for Open Science, the National Repository and the Institutional Repositories may contain Academic, Scientific, Technological, and Innovation Information Resources of three types:

  1. Scientific Publications
  2. Products of Technological Development and Innovation
  3. Primary Research Data

It’s important to consider that the National Repository will only accept and contain information resources corresponding to accepted, published or updated versions, as established by Dublin Core (and in accordance with Appendix 3 of the Specific Repository Guidelines).

The foregoing without perjury to the dispositions on patents, protection of intellectual or industrial property, national security, and copyright, among others, as well as information that, because of its nature or the author’s decision, is confidential or reserved.

All those that don’t comply with what is mentioned in the answers to FAQs 7 and 8, and what is established in the Specific Guidelines for Repositories. These include:

  1. I. Materials of administrative nature;
  2. II. Works in progress;
  3. III. Newspaper or dissemination notes;
  4. IV. Materials protected by copyright, in which the permission for the deposit is not guaranteed;
  5. V. All those that do not comply with the characteristics established in the guidelines from FOURTH to SEVENTH of the Specific Guidelines.
  6. os Lineamientos Específicos, según sea el caso.

The deposit in the National Repository does not authorize at all the appropriation or alienation of the contained information in the web, neither the contrary use to what is expressly allowed by the author in a license or in the national legislation. All materials deposited in the National Repository are protected at all times by copyright legislation.

According to the law, researchers, technologists, academics, and students of masters, doctorates and postdoctorates whose research activity is financed with public resources or who have used public infrastructure in their realization, by personal decision, may deposit or in their case expressly authorize the deposit of a copy of the final accepted version for its publication in Open Access. This publication must be through the institutional repositories or the National Repository, verifying that it has complied with its respective approval process in accordance with the ELEVENTH guideline of the Legal Guidelines of Open Science and Chapter X of Article 69 of the Science and Technology Law.

Yes. Any institution or person who has generated information that has not been financed with public resources may deposit or give authorization for the deposit of academic, scientific, technological, and innovation materials in the National Repository or the Institutional Repositories.

Authors who are members of institutions that have an Institutional Repository should deposit their information resources there. Those authors who do not have an Institutional Repository may make their deposits in the National Repository.

Once the interoperability tests between the Institutional Repository and the National Repository have been carried out, you can register your Repository at, where you will have to fill in the requested data and attach a letter where the Legal Representative of your institution requests the harvesting of its Institutional Repository by the National Repository.