WE ADVOCATE FOR OA POLICIES
Health workers and researchers at Embu General Provincial Hospital in eastern Kenya  working on open access research online.
Health workers and researchers at Embu General Provincial Hospital in eastern Kenya are now using open access research to help more patients.

THE CHALLENGE


Research is critical to improving development and solving global health, agriculture and environmental challenges, however the majority of the world’s peer-reviewed articles are locked in subscription journals, inaccessible to researchers in developing and transition countries.


Although more and more funders, universities and research organizations, are introducing mandates that require publicly funded research to be open access (OA), there continues to be a great need for advocacy that will lead to increased adoption of institutional and national OA policies and practices in developing countries.


For this reason, the EIFL Open Access programme (EIFL-OA) advocates nationally and internationally for the adoption of OA policies and mandates, to ensure that research is made freely available for all.

EIFL’s support has been invaluable in drafting an OA policy at the University of Nairobi. This policy helped us to populate our OA digital repository with 70,257 documents and it has opened up a wealth of knowledge from our researchers to the world.

- Rosemary Otando, University of Nairobi Library and EIFL Country and OA Coordinator in Kenya

FACTS

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101 institutions in the EIFL network have adopted OA policies. View the list.

 

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Universities and research funding agencies have been implementing OA policies since 2004. Wellcome Trust in the United Kingdom was the world’s first funder to mandate open access for publication of the research it funds (in 2006).

 

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