Continuity in Open Access Policy in Poland

*post by the OpenAIRE NOAD in Poland*



In October 2015, the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education released a document entitled “Directions of the development of open access to research publications and research results in Poland”. Recommendations on Open Access for different stakeholders were included. Now, the Ministry has declared that a new open access policy will be published.

In April 2018 an updated set of documents and educational materials have been published (in Polish). The “Report on Open Access Policy” in Poland” summarizes the efforts made by Ministry in the last two years. The policy hasn’t changed since 2015 and contains only non-binding recommendations. Open Access has been described as necessary but several obstacles have been underlined (e.g. lack of financial support and lack of systematic approach to Open Access in research institutions). The authors of the document consider stronger support for green route (self-archiving) of Open Access.

On several places, OpenAIRE is being referenced to: in the Annex nr 2 to the Report, we can find recommendations for repositories how to be interoperable. The OpenAIRE Guidelines are recognized as the most important set of good practices in this context and the  OpenAIRE Validator is also mentioned in the documents.

Gwen Franck

Open Access Programme Coordinator at EIFL - Electronic Information for Libraries / Open Access Project Officer at LIBER - Association of European Research Libraries

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