There is an active scientific publishing community with 4 OA institutional repositories in Croatia and a central portal of Croatian scientific journals (Hrcak) that offers OA access to the over 250 journals. There are more than 130 journals in Croatia; DOAJ indexes 81 journals of them.
University of Zagreb Medical School Repository is a fully functioning OA institutional repository; there are a further 43 OA repositories. Academic librarians have high awareness of OA. The public nature of the Croatian publishing industry lends itself to OA and self-archiving – publishers of Croatian scientific journals are non-for-profit organizations (mostly universities, scientific associations, scientific institutes) and they allow self-archiving.
Lack of national mandates; non-Croatian publishers that publish research results of Croatian scientists do not always support OA – some of the articles written by Croatian scientists and published abroad cannot be self-archived (i.e. made accessible through OA repositories).
Croatian Information and Documentation Society’s (HID) OA working group initiated in 2004. The result was the launch of the Hrcak portal for Croatian scientific journals (supported by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, developed and maintained by University Computing Centre SRCE).
National and Institutional Level Policies/Mandates:
None , although in the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports’ document “Science and technology policy of the Republic of Croatia 2007-2010” it is specified that the results of research (all research is publicly funded) should be accessible to the general public through open publications or databases.
Ministry of Science, Education and Sports’ document “Science and technology policy of the Republic of Croatia 2007-2010” it is specified that the results of research (all research is publicly funded) should be accessible to the general public through open publications or databases.
Details of Key Organizations:
University of Zagreb Medical School Repository
Overview: Medical School repository providing open access to the publication output of the University of Zagreb's Medical School and some theses. Uses GNU software. Compliant with Open Access Initiative protocols. Communication address: University of Zagreb, Medical School, 10 000 Zagreb, Šalata 3; e-mail: smk(at)medlib.mef.hr
Croatian Information and Documentation Society (HID)
Overview: Established to develop information and documentation sciences in Croatia, to promote professional principles and encourage free flow or materials including OA initiatives.
OA mandate: Article 7 of HID Statute includes “encouraging development of free flow, access and openness of scientific, professional and public information channels, which derives from the users right on information is making them equally accessible to everyone”.
Communication address: HID c/o National and University Library, Hrvatske bratske zajednice 4, 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia; e-mail: Marina Mayer, secretary, e-mail: mmayer(at)irb.hr
Past and Future OA Related Activities:
HID have organised a number of conferences and seminars that have included a focus on OA. OA was one of the topics of several conferences organized by Croatian Library Association (e. g. the Academic and Special Libraries Conference and the AKM - Archives, Libraries, Museums - Conference).
Open Access Week October 2011 at the University Campus in Rijeka, Croatia.
List of Publications
Hebrang Grgić I and Barbaric, A (2010) The future of open access in Croatia: a survey of academic and research libraries Library Review, Vol. 60, 2: 155 – 160.
Hebrang Grgić I, Barbaric, A and Dzambaski, I (2009) OA repositories at special and academic libraries in Zagreb in Stancic, H et.al eds. 2nd International Conference: The future of Information Sciences: INFuture 2009 - Digital resources and Knowledge Sharing, Department of Information Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb: 469-77.
Hebrang Grgić, I (2011) Open Access to Scientific Information in Croatia Increasing Research Impact of a Scientifically Peripheral Country. Lambert Academic Publishing: Saarbrücken, Germany. ISBN-10: 3844318593
Stojanovski, J, Petrak, J and Macan, B (2009) The Croatian national open access journal platform Learned Publishing, Volume 22, 4: 263-273.
UNESCO (2006) Accessing and disseminating scientific information in South Eastern Europe.