Slovenia is part of the European Research Area (ERA) and supports open science as chartered by the European Commission. The national open access strategy is fully aligned with provisions on open access in Horizon 2020, which means that researchers will comply with both mandates in the same way. The national open access infrastructure currently consists of the information portal on open access (openaccess.si), the national portal with harvested metadata to full-texts (openscience.si) and repositories as well as other digital archives.
The organisation of the Slovenian research environment is defined in the Research and Development Act. The Resolution on Research and Innovation Strategy of Slovenia 2011-2020 and the Research Infrastructures Roadmap 2011-2020 contain provisions on open access to publications and research data.
Major funders of research are the Slovenian Research Agency and the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport.
There are three public universities in Slovenia: the University of Ljubljana, the University of Maribor, and the University of Primorska. The largest among the private academic institutions is the University of Nova Gorica. The largest research institutes in Slovenia are Jožef Stefan Institute, Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, National Institute of Chemistry, Institute of Oncology, Agricultural Institute of Slovenia, and National Institute of Biology.
Data on Slovenian researchers, organisations, research groups, projects, and programmes are available via the Slovenian Current Research Information System SICRIS (personal bibliographies of researchers are also used for research evaluation).
Research libraries can offer support to researchers mostly regarding open access to publications and research data and in building and managing certain open science infrastructures.
Regarding open access to articles, researchers can comply with Article 29.2 of the H2020 grant agreement by depositing into one of the Slovenian OpenAIRE compatible repositories.
Information on open access in Slovenian language is available through the national Open Access Slovenia portal (contact Dr Luka Šušteršič).
The Open Science Slovenia portal harvests metadata from Slovenian repositories and other archives for scientific publications and research data which enables joint display and federated search at the portal (contact Dr Milan Ojsteršek).
Slovenia takes part in the OpenAIRE-Advance project (the National Open Access Desk at the University of Ljubljana, contact Dr Mojca Kotar).
The only digital archive for open research data is Social Science Data Archives (contact Dr Janez Štebe).
CLARIN.SI is the Slovenian research infrastructure for language sources and technologies.
SI-DIH DARIAH search engine enables search for research data in different repositories and archives of institutions and societies from the humanities and the arts.
The Government of the Republic of Slovenia adopted the National Strategy of Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in Slovenia 2015-2020 in September 2015 (ROARMAP record) and the action plan in May 2017.
Mrs Petra Tramte from the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport acts as the National Point of Reference in accordance with the Commission Recommendation of 17. 7. 2012 on access to and preservation of scientific information. She also coordinates the activities of the working group on open access, nominated by the Minister.
Slovenian research performing organizations have not yet adopted the open access policies. The University of Ljubljana included a provision in the new Statutes of the University on designing and implementing the education and research according to the principles of open science (Article 6 in Chapter II. on the autonomy of the university; came into force on 11 February 2017).
Funder policies are determined by the National Strategy of Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in Slovenia 2015-2020. Each beneficiary has to ensure open access to all peer-reviewed scientific publications that refer to the results from the nationally funded research. Before the adoption of the open research data mandate, a national pilot programme Open Access to Research Data will be carried out.
Slovenian Research Agency signed Plan S in September 2018.
Slovenian repositories for research outcomes enable collection, storage and making scientific publications available to the public. All literature repositories are compatible with the OpenAIRE Guidelines and included into OpenAIRE portal. This means that researchers can comply with Article 29.2 of the H2020 grant agreement regarding open access to articles with depositing into Slovenian repositories.
Digital Library of the University of Maribor
Repository of the University of Ljubljana
Repository of the University of Primorska
Repository of the University of Nova Gorica
Digital Repository of Slovenian Research Organizations
Social Science Data Archives, a member of CESSDA, maintained by the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana, is collecting and enabling open access to research data from the social sciences research.
Approximately 50 Slovenian scientific journals are indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals. Many of the scientific journals use Open Journal Systems for managing the publication process.
The electronic versions of all publicly co-financed Slovenian journals (approximately 140 journals) and final reports of research projects, financed by the Slovenian Research Agency, must be deposited into the Digital Library of Slovenia.
Consortia for electronic journals of 10 major commercial publishers are all organized at a national level. They currently do not contain provisions on open access (either 6/12 embargos or Article Processing Charges).The National strategy of open access to scientific publications and research data in Slovenia 2015−2020 (p. 17) states that organisations managing consortia are obliged to provide the transparency, to strive for more favourable Article Processing Charges, and to prevent double payments to publishers of hybrid scientific journals (subscription as well as Article Processing Charges).
The biggest publishers of peer-reviewed open access monographs in Slovenia are Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana (app. 70 per year) and the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. They are both members of OPERAS.
Information in Slovenian language on open science and all aspects of open access is available at the national Open Access Slovenia portal.