Promoting Open Access in Lithuania

This case study contains key achievements, strategies, tactics and tools, success stories and lessons learnt from the EIFL-funded national open access advocacy project in Lithuania

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Case Study
Tautkeviciene, Gintare
February 2012

In 2011-2013 EIFL provided financial support to 34 projects that implemented national and institutional open access (OA) advocacy campaigns to reach out to research communities and OA publishing initiatives.

Through small grants and support from their own institutions, the projects engaged in a wide variety of campaigns and activities, including: holding workshops, creating websites, building institutional OA repositories, creating e-learning courses, and implementing OA publishing platforms.

The case studies resulting from the projects reveal impressive first-time achievements and will help increase the availability of research literature in developing and transition countries.

Learn more about the key achievements for this national OA campaign in Lithuania below. You can access the full case study (strategies, tactics and tools, success stories and lessons learnt) by clicking on the download button.

About the project in Lithuania

In 2011, Lithuanian Research Library Consortium implemented the EIFL-funded project: Promoting OA in Lithuania.

Key Achievements

  • The Lithuanian research community and policy-makers became better informed about OA benefits and new possibilities for the research dissemination and sharing, as well as about the impact of OA on scholarly communication.
  • A conference was held with over 100 participants, who learned about OA initiatives and projects.
  • Three videos were produced from interviews conducted with well-known policy-makers, researchers, librarians and publishers discussing OA; the videos will be used to promote OA among the top research managers and researchers.
  • The number of downloads of the videos since launch has been over 650 views, indicating an interest in learning more.
  • A new partnership with Lithuanian Society of Young Researchers was formed.

OA allows to find out very quickly what is happening in the scientific world, what research is carried out, what results have been achieved. At the same time it allows you to spread information about your own research and its results.

Professor Vytautas Ostasevicius, Kaunas University of Technology