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University of Turin – UniTo

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UniTo is one of the most ancient and prestigious Italian Universities. Hosting about 70.000 students, 4.000 academic and technical staff, 800 post-doctoral students, it promotes culture and produces research, innovation, training and employment. It is today one of the largest Italian universities, open to international research, projects and training. It has been at the forefront in Open Access projects, enacting in 2013 its Open Access policy, among the first universities in Italy. The university runs an Institutional Repository (AperTO) and a publishing platform (SIRIO@UniTO) for Open Access journals. The Rector is strongly supportive of an Open Science approach.

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Conference of Italian University Rectors – CRUI


The CRUI is the association of the state and private universities. Established in 1963 as a private association of Rectors, CRUI has over time acquired an acknowledged institutional and representative role, as well as a practical capacity to influence the development of the university system through its intense activity of study and experimentation. Since 2001, the CRUI has been flanked in its managerial and executive functions by the CRUI Foundation, which is entrusted with developing projects and services in conformity with the strategies of the Conference of Italian University Rectors.

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Firenze University Press

Firenze University Press (FUP), a Department of the University of Florence, publishes high quality Open Access research monographs, edited volumes and peer-reviewed journal, and supports the dissemination and impact of the scientific research promoted by its hosting institution and scientific community. FUP fully supports Open Access publishing as an ideal tool to share ideas and knowledge in every research field with an open, collaborative and non-profit approach. Open Access books and journals allow the research community to achieve a high research impact as well as rapid dissemination in any editorial form. All FUP content and metadata are published in Open Access, released under Creative Commons licensees stating the Author as the copyright holder. FUP strongly supports self-archiving. Authors of book, chapter and paper are encouraged to deposit the published version in their institutional repository or any suitable subject repository on publication. Anybody can read, share and download our open access books and journals here:

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Italian National Research Council – CNR

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CNR takes part in OPERAS with CNR-ILIESI. The Lessico Intellettuale Europeo e Storia delle Idee (ILIESI) is a CNR institute based in Rome, that conducts research on European philosophical and scientific thought and more generally, the history of ideas. ILIESI has extensive experience in the automatic treatment of texts, particularly in the fields of computational philology and lexicography. ILIESI research also covers fields like collaborative platforms for research in philosophy, multilingual philosophical thesauri, semantic enrichment, domain ontologies, and has been content provider in several European Projects. In 50 years of activity, the Institute has established a large database including philosophical and scientific texts of the 17th and 18th century in several languages and published more than 120 volumes developing one of the most important pieces of research about the vocabularies of philosophical concepts in Europe.

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Lexis Compagnia Editoriale

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Lexis Compagnia Editoriale in Torino is an Italian company active since 1988, providing advanced publishing services to a variety of private and public customers, with a focus on digital technologies and processes. In recent years it took over the direct management of academic and non-fiction brands (Rosenberg & Sellier, Celid, Accademia University Press, Kermes), adopting and/or experimenting open access policies in its publishing projects. It is partner in Italy of OpenEdition.

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Napoli University Federico II

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The “Federico II” University supports open access through a number of initiatives and encourages its scholars to work toward making their research openly accessible. It supports several journals using the Open Journal Systems platform and e-book series using Open Monograph Press. “Federico II” University requires all PhD students to submit their theses electronically in “Federico II”open Achive (FedOA).

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Roma Tre University


The Roma TrE-Press project starts in the year 2013 within the activities of the Library System of the Roma Tre University.

The first Series and Periodicals are launched. Since its beginning the project follows the full “Open Access” model, with digital academic publications  available on-line to everybody, anytime, anywhere.

The reasons are common to other European academic institutions. Academic research is financed through public funds. It is therefore necessary that its results should be accessible to everyone, without burdensome and expensive intermediations. This is made possible by digital technologies and falls within the “Third Mission” of universities to disseminate among the public at large its products both educational and scientific. But it is also a necessity, in order to reduce its costs owing to the increasing budgetary cuts.

In its first five years the Roma TrE-Press publishes nearly 100 volumes. The growing demand by university researchers, the success of the initiative (over 150,000 downloads) prompts, in 2018, the Roma Tre University to entrust its e-press activity to the newly born Roma TrE-Education Foundation whose main mission is that of promoting e-learning.

The guidelines of the Roma TrE-Press are:

  1. Full autonomy of the University Departments in deciding what should be published, with a strong recommendation to follow the best practices in use within each discipline in order to ensure the quality of the editorial products (in the first place: peer-review).
  2. Openness towards other academic institutions and authors belonging to other universities, in order to ensure a network of quality scientific products in Open Access.
  3. Great attention to the design of the covers and of the layout of the volumes. Roma TrE-Press believes that a book, even when digitalized, is still the product of an aesthetical and artistic project.
  4. Promotion of the Open Access movement in order to involve other Italian and European universities. Roma TrE-Press has always in mind Article 9 of the Italian Constitution: “ The Republic promotes the development of culture and scientific and technical research”.

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University Ca’Foscari Venice

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The University of Ca’ Foscari in Venice is the first Business School in Italy, since 1868, and one of the most prestigious Italian Universities in Business & Administration, Foreign Languages, History and Humanities, Environmental Sciences and Computer Sciences. Ca’ Foscari is hosting about 20.000 students, with teaching activities of the First and Second Cycle Degree Programmes. Some data: 20.000 students, among which there are: 1.500 international students ; 8.500 new enrolments per year (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Professional Master’s programmes); 4.500 graduates per year;  1.200 professors, lecturers, native language teachers and administrative staff. Skills in the fields of teaching, research and innovation are integrated by a wide cultural programme, thanks to a busy calendar of conventions, exhibitions, film, theatre and radio dates, aimed both at Ca’ Foscari community and the entire world.

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University of Milan


The University of Milan is a public, multidisciplinary teaching and research institution. A leading institute in Italy and Europe for scientific productivity, the University of Milan is the largest university in Lombardy, with approximately 64,000 students. The University of Milan supports open access to scientific publications through its institutional repository  and its journal platform The university participates in several open access initiatives: DOAJ, OPEN APC, DARTEurope, OpenAIRE, Pubmed Linkout, LERU Law Portal.

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