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Implementation worldwide

Open Access is a worldwide movement and supported by countless organisations and initiatives.

Declarations and initiatives

Various initiatives and declarations lead to a binding engagement on Open Access and advocate the implementation specifically.

Search engines

International search engines allow datamining for key words, authors, journals, date etc. in freely accessible document servers and archives - not only in one, but in all that meet metadata standards (typically according to the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative).

Open Access and citation

Scientific publications published with Open Access reach a greater audience. This can lead to increased citation fequency.


The Open Access landscape is very heterogeneous and so are the mandates, policies and possibilities on how to publish Open Access. The project FOSTER was granted by the EC with special attention to training resources of Open Science.


Guidelines and policies on Open Access

Registry of Open Access Repositories Mandatory Archiving Policies

Policies of funding agencies worldwide

Open Access servers and archives

Directory of Open Access Repositories (Open DOAR)

Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR)

Registry of Research Data Repositories (re3data)

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