Directory of OA Journals lists nine Open Access journals: International Journal of Information Systems and Telecommunication Engineering, International Journal of Signal and Image Processing, International Journal of Systems Control, International Journal of Universal Computer Sciences, Journal of Advanced Research in Mechanical Engineering, Journal of Electrical Engineering : Theory and Application, Journal of Modelling and Simulation of Systems, Journal of Studies on Manufacturing published by HyperSciences Publisher and Journal Tunisien d’ORL et de Chirurgie Cervico-Faciale: published by Tunis: Top set.

African Journals OnLine (AJOL) has the world's largest peer-reviewed African-published scholarly journals to enable the African researchers to access the work of other African academics and to make the African-origin research output available to Africans and to the rest of the world- is a host to Open Access journals: Journal Tunisien d'ORL et de chirurgie cervico-faciale and International Journal of Modern Anthropology

Tunisian researchers publish articles in international OA periodicals. For instance, there have been 131 research articles published with BioMed Central – an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine), pioneer in the OA publishing model, and among them most viewed articles published by researchers from Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Habib Bourguiba, Fattouma Bourguiba University Hospital, National Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology (INNTA), Faculty of Pharmacy of Monastir, University of Monastir, Higher Institute of Biotechnology of Monastir, University, CHU Farhat Hached of Sousse, Centre de Biotechnologie de Sfax, Higher Institute of Management, University of Tunis, Institut Pasteur de Tunis, Faculty of Sciences of Tunis, University El Manar I, WHO Collaborating Center for Research and Training in Leishmaniasis, and Ibn Zohr Institute

Currently Tunisia has only one repository UVT e-doc at Université Virtuelle de Tunis (UVT), powered by EPrints 3. It provides access to multidisciplinary research output of 144 items (2011-08-20) comprised of (Articles; Conferences; Theses; Multimedia) of the institution- Users may set up RSS and Atom feeds to be alerted to new content. The interface is available in French.

Enabling Environment

With a population of 10,629,186 million, Internet users grew from 100,000 in 2000 to 3,600,000 in 2011 with 33.9% penetration rate population.

In his study B. HAMMOUTI, he showed that the total scientific production of Tunisia is higher than that of both Morocco and Algeria, even though the population in Tunisia is only one third of that of Morocco and Algeria due to it advancing educational system.

Potential Barriers

Lack of Open Access awareness- Tunisian researchers are still attached to the traditional model, they start however to become aware of the stakes of the free access for the Arab research development and knowledge share. In addition, there is no national policy for Open Access.

Major Projects/Initiatives

The Tunisian National Library is making digitized books in French and Arabic available to download to mobile devices as part of the eBooks Project in Tunisia.

The Maghreb Virtual Science Library portal in Tunisia will serve as the central resource for accessing the wide range of resources available through the Centre National Universitaire de Documentation Scientifique et Technique (CNUDST). The portal will integrate access to Open Access Journals and the content of Open Access repositories from research institutions and universities across the globe.

Details of Key Organizations

Centre National Universitaire de Documentation Scientifique et Technique (CNUDST). It provides information and documentation for technical and scientific researchers, and disseminates the production and the results of scientific research and technological development undertaken in Tunisia. It also hosts the virtual library of research.

Communication address: 1, avenue de France 1, avenue de France, Tunisia Postal address: B.P. 85 - 1002 Tunis Belvedere, TUNISIE, Tel.: (+216) 71336708/ (+216) 71335751/ (+216) 71338057, Fax: (+216) 71354216.

Virtual University of Tunis.

Communication address: 14 rue Yahia Ibn Omar 1082 Mutuelleville, Tunisia, Tel.: (+216)71289981/ (+216) 71891731, Fax: (+216) 71892625

Past and Future OA Related Activities

The Tunis Agenda for the Information Society was a consensus statement of the World Summit on the Information Society, adopted on November 18, 2005 in Tunisia. It called for the creation of the Internet Governance Forum and a novel, lightweight, multi-stakeholder governance structure for the Internet. Also, MIT OpenCourseWare co-hosted a half-day event at the Summit with the United Nations University entitled "Widening Access to Knowledge through Open Sharing: The Growing OpenCourseWare Movement."

List of Publications

Hammouti, B., Mater, J.  (2010). "Comparative bibliometric study of the scientific production in Maghreb countries (Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia) in 1996-2009 using Scopus." Environ. Sci. No.2 70-77.

Bouazza, Abelmajid Saleh and Waheed Qaddora. "Researchers' Trends at Sultan Qaboos University and the University of Tunis Towards the available Online Periodicals through Open Access System and some of the Benefits expected for the University Libraries: a Comparative Study". Information and Knowledge Management in the Community of Arab Gulf Conference, Bahrain: Special Libraries Association (SLA) in the countries of Arab Gulf, 2007, page 34.(in Arabic)


(Modified on December 2013)

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