Open Access policies in developing and transition countries

The paper presents the strategies and best practices of implementing open access policies in developing and transitional countries (China and Hong Kong, Lithuania, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine and Zimbabwe)

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Article
AUTHOR:
Kuchma, Iryna
DATE:
August 2009
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English
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Also available in French: Politiques du libre-accès dans les pays en voie de développement et en transition. Traduction : Cynthia Lisée, Bibliothécaire de référence, Bibliothèque des sciences de l'Université du Québec à Montreal, Québec, Canada

The number of open access policies from research groups and research centres, Universities, funding bodies, governments, national and international bodies is steadily increasing. Research funders have begun to take an interest in open access to ensure that the research which they fund reaches the largest possible audience, and to avoid the waste of public resources which results from the old system in which taxpayers pay once for research and a second time for access to its results. The paper describes a legal framework for institutional open access policies and provides an advise on the optimal open access policy options.