Czech Republic

Czech Republic is in the initial phase of adopting OA. OA awareness is still mostly limited to library staff only.

Open Access repositories: There are several Czech open repositories registered in OpenDOAR and ROAR. Three of them are currently DRIVER compliant and registered and harvested by DRIVER infrastructure. One of them is OpenAIRE compliant as well (DSpace at VŠB-TUO).

Open Access Journals: There are currently 53 open access journals published within Czech Republic listed in DOAJ.

Enabling Environment:

OA initiatives have taken place. The Czech Science Foundation, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and Masaryk University signed the Berlin Declaration.

The Association of Czech University Libraries (covering 23 universities) promotes OA issues by inviting recognized experts to introduce OA at its annual conferences Bibliotheca academica, by organizing seminars and supporting other events and activities conducted by university libraries, such as DSpace CZ or Open Access Week.

Details of Key Organizations:

Association of Czech University Libraries
Overview: Association of university libraries aimed at promoting, developing and supporting university libraries, sharing practice and collaboration. Communication address: Czech Technical University in Prague, Computing and Information Center, Computing and Information Center, 166 36 Praha 6-Dejvice, Czech Republic; e-mail: iva.prochaskova(at)

Past and Future OA Related Activities:

Collaboration between the Czech universities and research institutions in organizing the Open Access Week (2010, 2011) in the Czech Republic.

Czech Republic participates in OpenAIRE project. VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava Central Library represents the Czech NOAD in the OpenAIRE.

List of Publications

CASLIN 2009: Institutional Online Repositories and Open Access: 16th International Seminar, Teplá Monastery, Czech Republic, 7-11 June 2009. Pilsen: University of West Bohemia, 2009. ISBN 978-80-7043-806-0.   


(Modified on December 2013)

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