Open Access initiatives have been taken in Portugal since 2004 with the establishment of an OA self-archiving repository at University of Minho, followed by the 1st Open Access conference in 2005.  In 2005 the Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO), a cooperative electronic scientific journal collection library was established between Latin America, Spain and Portugal. There are now 37 institutional and subject repositories in Portugal with 50+ OA journals indexed in DOAJ.

Enabling Environment:

Portugal in a participant in Southern European Libraries Link (SELL). The Conference of Rectors of the Portuguese Universities (CRUP)   signed the Berlin Declaration in 2007 and Repositório Científico de Acesso Aberto de Portugal (RCAAP) Portugal’s open access Science Repository established in 2008 that supports the OA environment in the country.

Major Projects/Initiatives:

Repositories Científico de Acesso Aberto de Portugal (RCAAP)

Provides support to repositories through the following services:  a national portal that indexes material; SARI a central infrastructure facility enabling institutional repositories to develop; a Repositories Validate, based on DRIVER guidelines that maintains standardisation. RCAAP also produces guidelines through an Open Access Policies Kit and uses social networking sites with pages on Facebook and Twitter.

University of Minho is in partnership with OpenAIRE

In a three-year project, will establish the infrastructure for researchers to support them in complying with the EC OA pilot and the ERC Guidelines on Open Access.

National and Institutional Level Policies/Mandates:

No national mandate exists at present, but there is a recommendation by CRUP (Conference of Rectors of the Portuguese Universities), and it is also a signatory to Berlin Declaration.

Thematic Open Access projects/Initiatives

Past and Future OA Related Activities:

  • Portugal has held successful and influential conferences on OA.
  • Open Access week events and seminars aimed at promoting OA awareness are coordinated through University of Minho.

List of Publications

Correia, A.M.R and Neto, M.C (2002) The Role of Eprint Archives in the Access to, and Dissemination of, Scientific Grey Literature: LIZA—A Case Study by the National Library of Portugal. Journal of Information Science Vol 28, 3: 231–41.

Correia, A.M.R and Teixeira, J.C (2005) Reforming scholarly publishing and knowledge communication: From the advent of the scholarly journal to the challenges of Open Access Information Services & Use Vol. 25, 13–21. Journal of Information Science Vol 28, 3: 231–41. doi: 10.1108/14684520510617802

Harnad, S. (2005) The Implementation of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access. D-lib Magazine, 11 (3).

Moreira, J M  RCAAP: Portuguese Open Access. Scientific Repository. 5th UNICA Scholarly Communication Seminar.

Pinto, M J and Fernandez, S The library’s role in the quality and excellence in higher education: a Portuguese case study, QQML2011: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries, International Conference, Athens Greece, 24-27 May 2011.

Saraiva, R and Rodrigues, E (2009). Open access in Portugal: a state of the art report. RCAAP: Braga, Portugal.


(Modified on December 2013)

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