Library of Charles University

Open access

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Open access (OA) refers to a publishing model that demands authors and right holders to grant immediate, free and independent online access to research outputs financed from public science and research funds and a license to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display these research outputs publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship, as well as right to make small numbers of printed copies for their personal use.

There are two basic OA models:

  • Green OA (self-archiving) combines publishing in traditional journals with self-archiving of author manuscript in open repositories.
  • Gold OA (open access journals) offers new or transformed publishing platforms that make publications available openly by default.

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Charles University and open access

The Charles University signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in Sciences and Humanities in 2013 and thus has confirmed its participation in the open movement. In 2017 the Declaration of Charles University Academic Senate and university management on open access policy at CU (only in Czech) was published and further steps will follow.

Open access e-journals and e-books published at the Charles University are listed in the SFX portal:

The Central Library also manages the CU Digital Repository, which currently provides access to theses (defended after 2006) and to the Faculty of Arts’s open access journals. To the future, the same system will serve as an institutional repository for scientific publications of CU employees.

Do you have any questions related to an open access at the Charles University? Let us know, please!

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