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Open access in the Czech Republic: an overview

Ondřej Fabián (The Library, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Zlin, Czech Republic)

Library Review

ISSN: 0024-2535

Article publication date: 5 July 2013




The purpose of this paper is to give a complex description and evaluation of open access adoption in the environment of the Czech Republic, from both the green road and golden road points of view.


Data and conclusions in this paper are numerically supported by quantitative analyses from several relevant databases (e.g. JCR, Scopus, DOAJ or ROAR).


The issue of open access has not been given appropriate attention in the Czech Republic. Therefore, most of the important activities have only recently been implemented, or are still underway. Open access is still being completely ignored at the level of Czech state offices and funding agencies, which leads to scientific institutions learning of this phenomenon individually. Compared to other Central European countries, the Czech Republic can be classified as average in certain respects, but it is no competition for developed West European and North American countries in terms of awareness, infrastructure and open access adoption.


This is the very first article that comprehensively sums up all aspects of the issue of open access in the Czech Republic.



Fabián, O. (2013), "Open access in the Czech Republic: an overview", Library Review, Vol. 62 No. 4/5, pp. 211-223.



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