The National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica – CONICYT) has developed a program to support access to scientific and technological information from Chile (Acceso a la Información Científico-Tecnológica Generada en Chile ) with several open access events and initiatives, as well as an institutional repository with full-text scientific output and the Chilean Scientific Journals Program that promotes journal quality and works together with Latindex that links to 112 open access journals from Chile, and with Scielo for the Scielo Chile searchable digital collection of 96 full-text peer-review open access journals. In DOAJ, Chile has registered 125 open access journals. And the Redalyc searchable collection of full-text peer-review journals from Chile has today 66 open access journals. eQuipu is a searchable collection of Chilean journals indexed by ISI.

The Consortium for Access to Electronic Scientific Information (Consorcio para el Acceso a la Información Científica Electrónica – CINCEL) complements access to international resources with promotion and access to national output in science and technology. It is an initiative supported by the National Council of Chilean Universities Presidents (Consejo Nacional de Rectores de Universidades Chilenas CRUCH) and CONICYT.

Several universities have developed their open access journal portals (ex. University of Chile), and institutional repositories (ex. CAPTURA from the same University of Chile). Chile has registered seven open access repositories in ROAR and in OpenDOAR, mainly university initiatives with strong presence of theses collections plus other contents: journal articles, conference papers, teaching materials and other publications. No mandates registered in ROARMAP.

The Chilean University Network (Red Universitaria Nacional / REUNA) is the national focal point of RedCLARA in Chile and, together with CONICYT, they are the national representatives of Chile in the Latin America Network of Institutional Repositories National Systems (Red Federada Latinoamericana de Repositorios Institucionales de Documentación Científica REUNA is also member of CoLaBoRa, the Latin America Community of Digital Libraries and Repositories.

The University of Chile Information and Libraries Services System (SISIB) has implemented Cybertesis in Latin America. Sponsored by UNESCO and Fonds Francophone des Inforoutes, the Cybertesis program is the result of a project of cooperation between the Université de Montréal, the Université de Lyon2, the University of Chile and 32 universities of Europe, Africa and Latin America. Seven Chilean universities have Cybertesis digital collections of theses.

The open access movement in Chile includes the Valparaíso Declaration for the Improvement of Scientific Communication in the Electronic Environment (2004)

Together with other countries of the region, Chile 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.

The ngo Derechos Digitales from Chile, in collaboration with the Karisma Foundation from Colombia, and support from FRIDA, carried on a research and published a manual and training activities on open access policies for journals from Latin America. And it has published survey results of access policies of Chilean journals (Políticas editoriales de publicaciones académicas en Chile).

Creative Commons Chile, that promotes the use of open access licenses, is led by the University of Chile (Universidad de Chile-Sistema de Servicios de Información y Bibliotecas, SISIB) and the ngo ONG Derechos Digitales.


(Modified on December 2013)

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