The French National Research Agency (ANR) chooses HAL to promote the researches it funds


Written by Agnès Magron

The French National Research Agency (ANR) relies on HAL for the implementation of its policy to promote open access to publications by launching the HAL-ANR portal. This portal gathers and displays the publications of the research projects it funds.

Any project coordinator must indeed undertake to deposit the scientific publications resulting from the research project in an open archive. More than 30 400 documents with fulltext are already available in HAL with the metadata of an ANR project. 

ANR open science policy

The ANR Open Science policy, introduced in 2013, fully aligns with the National Plan for Open Science launched by the Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Frédérique Vidal, in July 2018. The policy has three objectives:

  • Promote open access to scientific publications (Open Access)
  • Contribute to open research data wherever possible (Open Research Data)
  • Coordinate efforts at the national, European and international levels

As part of the ANR’s contribution to the promotion and implementation of open science, and in line with the National Plan for Open Science, the funded project coordinator and partners must undertake to submit the scientific publications (full text) resulting from the research project to an open archive, either directly in HAL or via a local institutional archive, in accordance with the conditions in article 30 of the French “For a digital republic” act. In addition, the ANR recommends giving preference to publication in open access journals or books. Finally, as a cOAlition S partner, ANR recommends using the CC-BY licence for publications arising from the projects it funds.

A CCSD-ANR partnership

For the creation of the ANR-HAL portal, the two teams have focused on improving the ANR project listing : a data cleansing was performed (a lot of de-duplication), and the updates are improved through data synchronization with data.gouv realized by the ANR. The objective is to avoid the researcher to create the metadata of the project while depositing.

Other developments have also been made: when the notice is displayed, an url in the project metadata links to its description on the ANR website. This link is available regardless of the portal in which the publication is displayed.

Moreover, new facets are available when the user displays the results of a query in the HAL-ANR portal: the user can indeed filter the results by project  or ANR program.

The partnership between the CCSD and the ANR aims to improve the referencing of projects in the deposits and, through the HAL-ANR portal, to support the national strategy of opening publications.