OA in Slovakia

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The National Research Environment

How are Research Institutions (universities, research centers) organised nationally?

The Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic is the main body supporting research and development  funded from public resources.  There are public, private and state operated universities, research organisations, e.g. Slovak Academy of Science (SAS), research institutes and private companies. The Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport realises the process of evaluation  to perform R&D. The certificate for research organisation as result of evaluation process allows to use public resources for R&D.

Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information (SCSTI) is a national information centre and specialised scientific library of the SR focused on natural, technical, economic and social sciences. The SCSTI provides several information systems supporting R&D on national level funded by the ministry, i.e. Central Registry of Publication Activities, Central Registry of Theses and Dissertations, Central Information Portal for Research, Development and Innovation and Slovak Current Research Information System (SK CRIS).

Since 2013 SCSTI serves as the national reference point for the area of open access to scientific information and their preservation.

Major research funders

Who are the major funders of research nationally and do any have OA policies or mandates?

The major funder of all scientific projects in the country is the government.  Funding process is realized through grant agencies: Slovak Research and Development Agency (SRDA), Scientific Grant Agency (VEGA), Cultural and Educational Grant Agency (KEGA) and the system of Incentives for Research and Development.  Support of the EU for R&D process is realised through Operational Program Research and Development funded by ERDF. We could not forget bilateral and multirateral international cooperation funded by SRDA, The Central European Initiative etc.

Since 2013 SCSTI serves as the national reference point for the area of Open Access to scientific information and their preservation.

Open Access and Repositories

Is there an awareness of Open Access within the research community nationally?

The Slovak research community is aware of Open Access benefits but is still reluctant to provide Open Access to their publications. The major constraints are that Open Access depositing takes their time and effort. Only a small fraction of researchers deposit their research papers - this is a result of proactive advocacy and training provided by the library staff.
The main Open Access stakeholders in Slovakia are:

Since 2013 SCSTI serves as the national reference point for the area of open access to scientific information and their preservation.  More info

Since 2007 SCSTI as provider of SK CRIS system, is member of EuroCRIS, not-for-profit organization, dedicated to the development of Research Information Systems and their interoperability.   Since 2011 SCSTI has a delegate (Danica Zendulkova: danica.zendulkova[at]cvtisr.sk ) in euroCRIS board with responsibility of TG CRIS-IR (institutional repository). The main goal of this task group is to reach the interoperability of Research Information Systems with Repositories.

Open Access repositories

Actually there are no Open Access repositories in Slovakia.  Some projects on setting up Open Access Repositories are ongoing.

The Central Registry of Theses and Dissertations  provides fulltext access to some theses and dissertations  but does not meet all requirements for institutional repository. The majority of universities provide their repositories as part of academic information system. These repositories do not have characteristics of institutional repository.

Open Access publishing

Actually the Slovak copyright (author’s) act does not allow full use of public licences. It is possible only to use the intelectual property and copyright works  licensed under Creative Commons  in the other countries.  The intelectual property and copyright works  covered by Slovak copyright (author’s) act  could not be licensed under Creative Commons.

The actual situation could be solved by amendment of the Copyright Act. The problem deals with the National Council of the Slovak Republic.

There are not many open access journals in Slovakia. Most of them are only available from the web pages of the institutions, which do not have any long-term preservation strategies so they often disappear from institutional websites.

Acta Mathematica Universitatis Comenianae
ISSN: 08629544
Subject: Mathematics
Publisher: Acta Mathematica Universitatis Comenianae
Country: Slovakia
Language: English
Keywords: mathematics
Start year: 1991

Acta Montanistica Slovaca
ISSN: 13351788
Subject: Earth Sciences --- Geology
Publisher: Technical University of Kosice
Country: Slovakia
Language: English, German, Slovak, Czech
Keywords: earth resources extraction, earth resources processing, process control, geology, geodesy, mineralurgy
Start year: 1996

Človek a spoločnost : Man and society
ISSN: 13353608
Subject: Social Sciences
Publisher: Spoločenskovedný ústav, Košice
Country: Slovakia
Language: Slovakian, German, English, Hungarian, Russian, Polish, Ukrainian
Keywords: sociology, political science, arts, history, psychology
Start year: 1998

Human Affairs
ISSN: 12103055
EISSN: 1337401X
Subject: Social Sciences
Publisher: Versita
Country: Slovakia
Language: English
Keywords: arts and humanities, social sciences, law
Start year: 2007

Kardiológia
ISSN: 12100048
EISSN: 13362429
Subject: Cardiovascular
Publisher: Symekard, Bratislava
Country: Slovakia
Language: Slovak, Czech, English
Keywords: heart failure, myocardial infarction, acute coronary syndrome, hypertension, therapy
Start year: 1999

Measurement Science Review
ISSN: 13358871
Subject: Mathematics
Publisher: Versita
Country: Slovakia
Language: English
Keywords: mathematics, statistics, biomedical engineering, measurement science, instrumentation, physics
Start year: 2008

Ostium
ISSN: 13366556
Subject: Philosophy
Publisher: Schola Philosophica
Country: Slovakia
Language: Slovak, Czech
Keywords: philosophy, humanities, literature, art
Start year: 2005

Petroleum and Coal
ISSN: 13377027
Subject: Chemical Technology
Publisher: Slovnaft VÚRUP
Country: Slovakia
Language: English, Slovak, Czech
Keywords: petroleum processing, petrochemistry, coal processing, environmental technology
Start year: 2001

SKASE Journal of Theoretical Linguistics
ISSN: 1336782X
Subject: Linguistics
Publisher: Slovak Association for the Study of English
Country: Slovakia
Language: English
Keywords: morphology, word-formation, semantics, syntax, psycholinguistics, cognitive linguistics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis
Start year: 2004

Slavica Slovaca
ISSN: 00376787
EISSN: 13362364
Subject: Linguistics --- Languages and Literatures
Publisher: Slavistický ústav Jána Stanislava SAV
Country: Slovakia
Language: all Slavic languages, English, German, French
Keywords: slavistics,philology
Start year: 1997

Technológia vzdelávania
ISSN: 1335003X
Subject: Education
Publisher: Združenie SLOVDIDAC
Country: Slovakia
Language: Slovak, Czech, English
Keywords: pedagogy, information technologies, technology of education, school management
Start year: 2000

Uniform Distribution Theory
ISSN: 1336913X
Subject: Mathematics
Publisher: Mathematical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences
Country: Slovakia
Language: English
Keywords: number theory, sequences, algebra
Start year: 2006

ITlib. Informačné technológie a knižnice
ISSN: ISSN 1336-0779
Subject: Librianship
Publisher: Slovak centre of scientific and technical information
Country: Slovakia
Language: Slovak
Keywords: librianship, information science, libraries
Start year: 1997

Bulletin Univerzitnej knižnice v Bratislave
Subject: Librianship
Publisher: University library in Bratislava
Country: Slovakia
Language: Slovak
Keywords: librianship, information science, libraries
Start year: 2004

Bulletin SAK
ISSN: 1335-7905
Subject: Librianship
Publisher: Asociasion of Slovak libraries
Country: Slovakia
Language: Slovak
Keywords: librianship, information science, libraries
Start year: 2001

Knižnica

ISSN: 1335-7026 (print), 1336-0965 (online)
Subject: Librianship
Publisher: Slovak National Library in Martin
Country: Slovakia
Language: Slovak
Keywords: librianship, information science, libraries
Start year: 2000

Acta oeconomica et informatica

ISSN: 1335-2571
Subject: Agriculture
Publisher: Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra
Country: Slovak
Language: Slovak, English, Czech
Keywords: agriculture, economics
Start year: 1998 (since 2003 online)

Transfer technológií bulletin
ISSN: 1339-2654
Subject: Technology transfer
Publisher: Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information
Country: Slovak
Language: Slovak
Keywords: Technology transfer, IPR, innovation
Start year: 2012

Vedecký kaleidoskop
ISSN: 1337-7426
Subject: Popularisation of Science
Publisher: Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information
Country: Slovak
Language: Slovak
Keywords: Popularisation of Science
Start year: 2008

Open Access organisations and groups

Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information (national reference point for the area of Open Access): Mária ŽITŇANSKÁ  maria.zitnanska[at]cvtisr.sk

University library Bratislava: Alojz ANDROVIČ, androvic[@]ulib.sk, Tomáš FIALA, fiala[@]ulib.sk

Contributors Contact Details and Contact details of the National Open Access Desk

Ing. Alojz ANDROVIČ, PhD.
Director of Information technologies
E-mail: androvic[@]ulib.sk
Tel.: +421220466221
University library Bratislava
Michalská 1 814 17 Bratislava
Slovakia

Mgr. Tomáš FIALA
Head of digitization
E-mail: fiala[@]ulib.sk
Tel.: +421220466571
University library Bratislava
Michalská 1 814 17 Bratislava
Slovakia

PhDr. Mária Žitňanská (deputy director)
Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information
Lamačská 8/A
81104 Bratislava
Slovak Republic
E-mail: maria.zitnanska[at]cvtisr.sk