Costa Rica

Costa Rica has 72 open access full-text journals linked from Latindex, coordinated in Costa Rica by the University of Costa Rica. In DOAJ 24 open access journals from Costa Rica are included. The Costa Rica collection of open access journals in Redalyc indexes 15 journals, and the Scielo Costa Rica collection has 11 open access journals. Scielo Costa Rica started in 2000 with health journals and currently accepts journals in other areas of knowledge, previous review by its National Advisory Committee composed by Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social through the National Library of Health and Social Security (Biblioteca Nacional de Salud y Seguridad Social BINASSS), the National Council for Scientific and Technological Research - CONICIT, the University of Costa Rica (Vicepresidency of Research, and the History School), and the National Childrens Hospital of Costa Rica (Hospital de Niños de CCSS)

The University of Costa Rica (Universidad de Costa Rica, UCR) has a leading role in the promotion and implementation of open access in Costa Rica.

  • The Vicepresidency of Research has issued in 2011 a resolution requiring research output to be deposited in open access repositories.

  • Organization, since 2007, of events and training in support of open access, e-publishing, online journal management and institutional repositories.

The National University of Costa Rica (Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica-UNA) has developed a Journal Portal of the National University (Portal Electrónico de Revistas Académicas de la Universidad Nacional) with 17 journals in a OJS platform. Presently, 90 journals in Costa Rica are using OJS.

Costa Rica has 5 repositories registered in ROAR, mainly from public universities and from the Technological Institute (Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica). The National Council of University Chancellors (Consejo Nacional de Rectores) is the national focal point of in Costa Rica, and RedCLARA supports interoperability and cooperation initiatives among digital repositories in the region, initiatives where Costa Rica can participate in the future. No mandates are registered in ROARMAP.

Enlace Académico Centroamericano (Central America Academic Link) is an initiative from FLACSO´s Executive Secretariat in Costa Rica, with support from the Ford Foundation, and participation of full-text contents from Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Panamá. This initiative provides social sciences open access publications, news, resources, events and selected links.

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,CATIE), science (PERIÓDICA), education (Relpe,

CEDUCAR), public management and policies (CLAD-SIARE), social sciences (CLACSO, FLACSO, CLASE), work (LABORDOC), information science (E-Lis), among others.

Creative Commons Costa Rica promotes the use of open access licenses in Costa Rica.


(Modified on December 2013)

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