UCP Libraries and the Management of Science

The UCP Libraries, in line with the strategic objectives defined by the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, have been working on two main guiding principles, support for research and the promotion of Open Science, which have resulted in the creation of new services and the updating of practices and procedures.

Creation of new services

Support to researchers in managing internal Science platforms (examples: Ciência-UCP or Institutional Repository), national and international; support to researchers in the various stages of the scientific investigation process; clarification of research data management policies; recommendation for publication and use of the information; promotion of training aimed at the community within the scope of Open Science; and support in complying with best practices in publication through the scientific journals portal.

Updating practices and procedures

Monitoring the deposit of publications and research data; evaluation of the impact and visibility of scientific production and management of the University's science platforms, some of which have already been mentioned.

The UCP Libraries guarantee support for researchers in the various stages of the scientific research process, namely, clarification of national and European Open Access and Research Data policies; recommendation for publication and use of the information; monitoring the deposit of publications and research data; evaluation of the impact and visibility of scientific production. This service also offers training sessions, on request or by invitation, aimed at researchers and science managers, in the following areas: researcher profiles, indexed journals and their metrics, publishing in Open Access, use and reuse of information, predatory publishers, among others. To learn more about this service click here.

The UCP Libraries provide a set of support services in the publication of scientific production on the University's portals, namely, profile management in Ciência-UCP, deposit and attribution of handles in the Institutional Repository (Veritati) to comply with the Open Access policy of the funding agencies, integration of journals in the portal of scientific journals of UCP and attribution of DOI to publications. For more information about these services click here.

The UCP Libraries suggest the use of a set of tools that enhance Open Science during the research cycle:



Provides access to Open Access research content. It is based on OpenAIRE's open scholarly communication graph that includes all research and scholarly activities, ranging all phases of the research life cycle. Search for publications, datasets, software and other research outputs. See how these are linked together and how they are linked to funding and organizations. View statistics on projects and institutions.


Unpaywall harvest Open Access content from over 50,000 publishers and repositories, and make it easy to find, track, and use.



Amnesia is a data anonymization tool that transforms databases to dataset where formal privacy guaranties hold.


ARGOS is an online tool in support of automated processes to create, manage, share and link Data Management Plans with the research artifacts they correspond to. This Data Management Plan addresses FAIR and Open best practices and assumes no barriers for its use and adoption.



It’s a free reference manager that can help you store, organize, note, share and cite references and research data.


Free and open-source software to store, organize, manage, and share bibliographic references, also allowing to automatically create citations and the respective bibliographies.


Creative Common

Every Creative Commons license helps creators retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of their work. Every Creative Commons These licenses also ensure licensors get credit for their work. they deserve.

Directory of Open Access Journals

DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Sherpa Romeo

Sherpa Romeo is an online resource that aggregates and analyses publisher open access policies from around the world and provides summaries of publisher copyright and open access archiving policies on a journal-by-journal basis.



Plataforma de atribuição e gestão de identificadores persistentes (DOIs) a dados de investigação, produção científica e outros tipos de produção. A Universidade Católica Portuguesa atribui DOIs, de forma gratuita, a pedido dos autores através do endereço ciencia@ucp.pt.


Zenodo is an open dissemination research data repository that allows researchers to deposit research papers, data sets, research software, reports, and any other research related digital artefacts. For each submission, a persistent digital object identifier (DOI) is minted, which makes the stored items easily citeable.



Altmetrics are metrics and qualitative data that are complementary to traditional, citation-based metrics. They can include (but are not limited to) peer reviews on Faculty of 1000, citations on Wikipedia and in public policy documents, discussions on research blogs, mainstream media coverage, bookmarks on reference managers like Mendeley, and mentions on social networks such as Twitter.


PlumX Metrics provide insights into the ways people interact with individual pieces of research output (articles, conference proceedings, book chapters, and many more) in the online environment. Examples include when research is mentioned in the news or is tweeted about. Collectively known as PlumX Metrics, these metrics are divided into five categories to help make sense of the huge amounts of data involved and to enable analysis by comparing like with like.


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