The Global Open Access Portal (GOAP) funded by the Governments of Colombia, Denmark, Norway, and the United States Department of State, presents a current snapshot of the status of Open Access (OA) to scientific information in 158 countries worldwide. For countries that have been more successful in implementing Open Access, the portal highlights critical success factors and aspects of the enabling environment. For countries and regions that are still in the early stages of Open Access development, the portal identifies key players, potential barriers and opportunities.

The Global Open Access Portal is designed to provide necessary information for policy-makers to:

  • Learn about the global Open Access environment;
  • View their country’s status; and
  • Understand where and why Open Access has been most successful.

At a glance, the portal provides an overview of the framework surrounding Open Access in UNESCO Member States by focusing on:

  • The critical success factors for effectively implementing Open Access;
  • Each country’s strengths and opportunities for further developments;
  • Where mandates for institutional deposits and funding organizations have been put into place;
  • Potential partners at the national and regional level; and
  • Funding, advocacy and support organizations throughout the world.


The portal provides a high-level view of the Open Access environment and is not designed to provide an inventory of repositories, Open Access journals, and other associated initiatives. The primary target audience includes policy-makers, advocates and delegates from national, regional and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) as well as members of the Open Access community. The Portal aims at being the first destination of information seekers on Open Access. It is also supplemented by a Community of Practice through the existing online platform “WSIS Knowledge Communities”. The GOAP is a knowledge portal that has the following features:

  • Country-wise distilled knowledge on the status of Open Access;
  • Key organizations engaged in Open Access in Member States;
  • Thematic focus areas of Open Access;
  • Important publications and blog posts on Open Access coming from different regions of the world;
  • Critical assessment of major barriers to Open Access in each country;
  • Potential of Open Access in UNESCO Member States;
  • Funding and deposit mandates;
  • Links to Open Access initiatives in the world.
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