National Open Access Desk

  • International, national and institutional open access awareness-raising and advocacy campaigns in the country since 2003, have resulted in developing policies and infrastructure to support Open Science.

    Support and landscape

    • The National Point of Reference for Open Access is the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania.

      The Research Council of Lithuania has a mandate of coordinating OA activities in Lithuania.

      The main governmental institution, responsible for implementation of innovation policy in Lithuania is the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA). They coordinate national activities and international programmes (HORIZON2020, EUREKA, EUROSTARS) of research, technological development and innovation and other financial schemes. MITA provides national financial support for project participants.

      The Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA) was a public institution established to provide evidence-based information and guidance regarding adoption of decisions on formation and implementation of research, higher education and innovation policy relevant to the public. Following the reorganization of the Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA), the Government Strategic Analysis Center (STRATA) has been established.

    National initiatives

    • The Research Council of Lithuania, the main national research funding body, supports the policy of the EU regarding OA, approves of reuse and content mining in OA publications and data, participates in the Open Science movement, advocates OA among policy makers, scientists and knowledge managers, supports global, national, regional and institutional initiatives fostering OA.

      The main harvester is Lithuanian Virtual Library. It is maintained by Lithuanian Research and Education Network (LITNET) that connects computer networks of research, study and education institutions. For all institutions, which are connected to this network, digital data transmission services are provided as well as other innovated solutions in computer network technology and its services. LITNET is a member of the European academic network GEANT.

      The Lithuanian Research Library Consortium, in partnership with EIFL, has been an important body in promoting OA in the country by organizing national events. Gintarė Tautkevičienė (Kaunas University of Technology) is EIFL Open Access Coordinator at the Lithuanian Research Library Consortium. Partners in different initiatives of OA advocacy have been the Lithuanian Society of Young Researchers and the Association of Lithuanian Serials.


    OpenAIRE statistics

    109013 OA publications in 72 repositories
  • National policy

    Lithuania has not implemented a national Open Access/Open Science policy yet but Working Group for developing it was set up on 16 January 2020 by the Minister of Education, Science and Sport. 

    In accordance with the Law on Higher Education and Research of the Republic of Lithuania (2009, revised 2015 and 2016), “in order to ensure the quality of research conducted with funds of the state budget, the transparency of the use of funds of the state budget, to enhance scientific progress, the results of all research works carried out in state higher education and research institutions must be announced publicly (in the Internet or any other way), to the extent this is in compliance with the legal acts regulating the protection of intellectual property, commercial or state and official secrets” (Article 51).

    Institutional policy

    Funder policy

    The Research Council of Lithuania adopted the Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Data on the 29th of February 2016 and seeks its further implementation.

    The Guidelines include open access (OA) and open research data policy in full alignment with the Horizon 2020 (H2020) OA mandate and Open Research Data Pilot, and the July 2012 European Commission recommendations on access to and preservation of scientific information.

    The major funding agency in the country:

  • Key networks and aggregators

    • The Electronic Academic Library of Lithuania (eLABa) is the national OA repository of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport and all academic institutions of Lithuania. Fifty institutions in Lithuania (universities, institutes and research centres) are members of the eLABa Consortium.
      The key aggregator is Lithuanian Virtual Library.

    Data repositories

    LiDA (Lithuanian Data Archive for Social Sciences and Humanities)

    MIDAS (National Open Access Research Data Archive)

    COD (Crystallography Open Database)

    CLARIN-LT (repository of resources in Linguistics, Humanities and Social Sciences)

    National publishing initiatives

    The Directory of Open Access Journals lists 80  journals published in Lithuania.

    National agreements with publishers


    OA books

    No information available.

  • Open Access and Open Data in “Horizon 2020“ (OpenAIRE fact sheet in Lithuanian)
    FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot (OpenAIRE fact sheet in Lithuanian)

    Materials of seminar and conference presentations in English and Lithuanian are accessible on the website of Kaunas University of Technology Library at this link.
  • Funding Agencies

    Lithuania has one national funding agency:

    Integrated in OpenAIRE

    Lithuania has no funding agency integrated in OpenAIRE yet.

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