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Scholarly Communication: Policies and Perspectives

This guide defines Scholarly Communication, and its role in raising visibility of Researcher output and web presence. Scholarly Communication is defined as "the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality,

Reasons for establishing Open Access Policies

Ten Reasons for Open Access

Research institutions are increasingly adopting mandates that encourage or require researchers to make their research findings freely and publicly accessible. 

Graphic: 10 Reasons for Open Access

Source: based on Brinken, H. (2021). 10 Gründe für Open Access. Zenodo. (CC BY 4.0 International)


Among the measures to establish open access, open access policies are a much-used instrument, especially at the level of higher education institutions and non-university research institutions. Specifically, open access policies pursue the following objectives: 

  • to express support for the open access movement,
  • to position the institution in the discourse on open access, and
  • to encourage members of the institution to publish open access or deposit their publications in open access repositories. 

Activities and measures in the area of open access are increasingly embedded in the broader open science context. The source text first provides an overview of the main players in the research landscape and their guidelines. This is followed by concrete suggestions for drafting institutional open access policies.


Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving

SHERPA/JULIET - Research funders' open access policies

Some research funding agencies are now requiring that authors provide open access to the peer-reviewed articles that report the results of their funded research.

Confederation of Open Access Repositories - COAR

COAR is an international association that brings together individual repositories and repository networks in order to build capacity, align policies and practices, and act as a global voice for the repository community.  COAR supports repositories today and positions them to play a key role in the future.

COAR Repository Toolkit is now updated with new resources. We invite you to visit the Toolkit to access the best practices and educational resources including websites, guides, videos, infographics and others.