The Centre pour la Communication Scientifique Directe (CCSD) is a support and research unit (UAR3668) that turned 20 years old in 2020. Its main objective is to provide the higher education and research community with the tools needed to archive, disseminate and capitalise on scientific publications and data.
With the HAL open archive that it has created and is developing, it is a major player in the National Plan for Open Science (PNSO), one of the objectives of which is to generalize open access to publications.
Under the aegis of the Committee for the Open Science, a shared governance will lead, from 2021, the dynamics of development of HAL.


Roadmap 2016-2020 (in French)

2021 Annual report (PDF)

2020 Annual report (in french)

2019 Annual report

2018 Annual report

2017 Annual report

The objectives 

Developing open archives for all research output and offering free, open access, fostering the visibility and circulation of scientific and technical information

Collating and interconnecting institutional open archives around HAL, ensuring interoperability between its data bases and those of its partners

Ensuring the longevity of all the data collected by protecting repositories and long-term archiving

Connecting the HAL open archive with the main international themed open archives, such as arXiv, PubMedCentral, etc..

Developing computerised tools for researchers and scientific communities to facilitate all forms of direct scientific communication

Providing national computer services, notably participating in the creation of the listings required to identify French scientific output and the automatic updating of administrative data bases

Participating in all French and international initiatives regarding open archives, particularly European ones

What is the National plan for open science

The National plan for open science (PNSO) announced by Minister Frédérique Vidal on July 4, 2018, makes open access mandatory for publications and data from project-funded research. It establishes an Open Science Committee and supports major landscape structuring initiatives for publications and data. The results of this first plan show the numerous actions carried out during the three years. In particular, the rate of French scientific publications in open access has increased from 41% in 2017 to 56% in 2019.

A second National plan for open science (2021-2024), published in July 2021, continues the ambitious trajectory initiated by the 2016 Law for a Digital Republic and confirmed by the 2020 Research Programming Law, which includes open science in the missions of researchers.