The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva-MINCYT) has taken a leading role in open access promotion in Argentina:

MINCYT is working together with the National Harvester of Digital Repositories SIU-bdu2 for harvesting OAI-PMH compliant repositories. In Argentina, 35 repositories are registered in OpenDOAR, mainly university and faculty initiatives with thesis, journal articles, conference papers, teaching materials and other publications; in some cases audio and video content. Several national universities with institutional repositories promote open access and organize events for the open access week, examples: National University of La Plata (Universidad Nacional de La Plata), National University of Rosario (Universidad Nacional de Rosario), National University of Cuyo (Universidad Nacional de Cuyo), University of Buenos Aires (Universidad de Buenos Aires) and National University of Comahue (Universidad Nacional del Comahue).

15 November, 2013: OA legislation was approved by congress. Argentine Senate adopted green OA mandate.

Since then, Four OA mandates from Argentina are registered in ROARMAP.

In addition, a few national universities have issued resolutions or recommendations for open access to theses and other academic outputs.

The National Scientific and Technological Research Council, Science and Technology Information Center (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, CONICETCentro Argentino de Información Científica y Tecnológica, CAICYT) is the national focal point for Latindex. and is the national focal point of Scielo providing support and training for journal editors and today.

A recent study (Open Access Indicators and Scholarly Communications in Latin America) shows that, as of 2014, 10.48% of OA journals indexed in Latindex; 5.87% of OA journals indexed in RedALyC and 12.26% of OA journals indexed in SciELO are published in Argentina. This corresponds to a total of 567, 41 and 110 locally published OA journals, respectively.

In DOAJ, 159 open access journals from Argentina are registered. CAICYT provides each year online training in the use of OJS among journal editors of the region. More than 100 open access journals in Argentina are using OJS. CAICYT, together with the Ministry of Health, MINCYT, University of Maimónides and NECOBELAC have organized a training course on scientific publications and open access repositories.

The National University of La Plata (Universidad Nacional de La Plata) also participates with theses in Cybertesis and the National South University (Universidad Nacional del Sur) is member of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)

The National Network of Research and Education in Argentina (Red Nacional de Investigación y Educación de Argentina INNOVA/RED), created by CONICET, is the national focal point of RedCLARA in Argentina and, together with MINCYT, they represent Argentina in the Latin America Network of Institutional Repositories National Systems (Red Federada Latinoamericana de Repositorios Institucionales de Documentación Científica). Argentina has also members in CoLaBoRa, the Latin America Community of Digital Libraries and Repositories.

The Faculty of Sciences Digital Library of the University of Buenos Aires, together with the National University of La Plata have developed the National Center for Promotion of Greenstone in Argentina to organize courses and Greenstone users meetings.

MINCYT, together with CAICYT-CONICET and the Panamerican Health Organization in Argentina have organized the first open access week event in 2010 followed in the webconference site by 1.400 participants.

Several presentations on open access initiatives take place each year in the University Digital Libraries event (Jornada sobre la Biblioteca Digital Universitaria-JBDU), in the Librarians Association event (ABGRA), and in the Workshop of Indicators for Library Evaluation (TIEB)

Together with other countries of the region, Argentina participates in open access regional subject repositories with a growing number of full-texts, examples: health (BVS), agriculture (SIDALC), science (PERIÓDICA), education (Relpe), public management and policies (CLAD-SIARE), social sciences (CLACSO, FLACSO, CLASE), work (LABORDOC), marine sciences (Oceandocs), information science (E-Lis), among others.

5-8 March 2013: 30 experts and Policy specialists from 25 countries including Belize; Virgin Islands; St Vincent and Grenadines; St Kitts and Nevis and St Martin; Argentina; Brazil; Chile; Costa Rica; Dominican Republic; El Salvador; Guatemala; Uruguay and Mexico gathered in Kingston to develop strategies and a road map to implement open access policies in the Latin American and Caribbean Region. This was the first regional consultation on open access to scientific information and research organized by the UNESCO Kingston Cluster office in collaboration with Ministry of Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Ministry of Information, Government of Jamaica, University of West Indies and UNESCO National Commission for Jamaica. Workshop participants had the opportunity to contribute towards highlighting priority areas for intervention to achieve “Openness” in the region and individual countries. Participants reviewed the UNESCO OA policy templates and worked out specific policies for their own country/institution.

Creative Commons Argentina promotes the use of open licenses in Argentina.

International Open Acces Week is celebrated annually in Argentina with the organization of many OA related workshops and conferences.


January 2015: "Comparative Analysis of Public Policies in Open Access models In Latin America: Brazil and Argentina Cases" by Karen Isabel Cabrera; published in Universities and Knowledge Society Journal (RUSC) Vol..12, No.1 

2014: "Open Access Indicators and Scholarly Communications in Latin America" is the result of a joint research and development project supported by UNESCO and undertaken by UNESCO in partnership with the Public Knowledge Project (PKP); the Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO); the Network of Scientific Journals of Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal (RedALyC); Africa Journals Online (AJOL); the Latin America Social Sciences School- Brazil (FLACSO- Brazil); and the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO).

14 May 2014: "Argentina and Open Access" by Juan Arellano posted on

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