OA in Denmark
The National Research Environment
There are eight universities, eight University Colleges and a number of other public and private research institutions in Denmark. The public research is organized under the Ministry of Higher Education and Science.
The Ministry of Higher Education and Science manages and monitor the Danish Open Access strategy.
Major Danish research funders
The major public funder of Danish research is the Agency for Science and Higher Education under the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. Under the agency the funding is managed by:
- The Danish National Research Foundation
- Innovation Fund Denmark
- The Danish Council of Independent Research
There are also a number of private funders eg. Novo Nordisk Foundation, Lundbeck Foundation and the Carlsberg Foundation.Funder mandates
On the 22th June 2012 all the major public research funders release their common Open Access policy. The Open Access policy is advocating green Open Access and requires the deposit of a digital version of the research article to a repository within a 6 or 12 months after the article is accepted.
Open Access and Repositories
The awareness of Open Access is mainly within the research library community. However, interest in the topic is growing in the university administrations and also at the research policy level. Besides the three universities that already have policies, other universities are engaging in ongoing work regarding Open Access.
National Open Access strategy
On the June 24th 2014 the Danish Minister of Research lauched a National Open Access Strategy. The strategy aims at:
- in 2017: 80% of publicly funded research is published in 2016 must be available Open Access
- in 2022: 100% of publicly funded research is published from 2021 and onworth must be available Open Access
In order to monitor the share of Open Access publications produced by the Danish Universities, the OA Indicator was launced in 2016. Click here to find the latest statistics.
Open Access repositories in Denmark
All eight universities in Denmark have Research Management Systems or Current Research Information Systems (CRIS) that also functions as Open Access Repositories.
Because the repositories are mainly CRIS and secondly Open Access Repositories the focus has been on the bibliographic metadata quality and coverage, and not as much on OA. This means that the repositories cover a very high percentage of the universities production as bibliographic descriptions, but have few OA full texts.
Contributors Contact Details
Asger V. Larsen
University Library of Southern Denmark