Researchers at the UM conduct research in various fields, and as the sole University on the island, the UM has particular responsibility to cater for study areas on a national dimension. In September 2009, the UM has set up a Corporate Research and Knowledge Transfer Directorate so as to assist the UM to transform itself into a contemporary third-generation University built on three significant pillars, being teaching, corporate research, and direct and active participation in sustainable socio-economic development.
The UM Library is actively participating in OpenAIRE as well as contributing towards various Open Access initiatives both at the institutional and national level. To this end, in October 2014, the UM Library launched the first Open Access institutional repository (IR) on the island, OAR@UM. The scope of this endeavour is to enhance the visibility as well as preserve the intellectual output and research being carried out at the UM. This digital repository holds the research publications of scholars affiliated with the UM, together with digital items including audio visual material. Moreover, owing to the fact that OAR@UM is the sole Open Access repository on the Maltese Islands, the UM is providing the opportunity to non-UM researchers to upload their research output on its repository. Hence, the remit of OAR@UM has been extended to cater as a national Open Access repository for Malta.
The UM has also implemented an Open Access Policy whereby academics and researchers are encouraged to upload their research output in Open Access. The policy advocates in favour of Green Open Access – nevertheless, the UM will be supporting Gold Open Access when funds for Article Process Charges are available.
The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST), acting for and on behalf of the Foundation for Science and Technology, is a public body established by the central government in 1988 with the mandate of advising government on science and technology policy. Its remit includes the development of the national research policy and strategy, and is responsibile for policy recommendations in the area of science and technology and also represents the Government of Malta in various EU fora.
MCST is a participant of the ERAC Standing Working Group on Open Science and Innovation while the UM Library is acting as a National Point of Reference for Access to and Preservation of Scientific Information in Europe. Both MCST and the UM Library are following developments on the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).
The Malta Council for Science & Technology (MCST) has secured the support of the Commission's Policy Support Facility (funded through Horizon 2020) to draft a National Open Science Policy.
Following the kick off meeting that was held in Brussels in July 2019, two (2) country visits (in Malta) of the panel of experts were held in October 2019 and December 2019.
The implementation of the policy is planned to take place in the last quarter of 2020.
Malta has not implemented a funder Open Access/Open Science policy yet.
The University of Malta (UM) adopted an Open Access Policy which was approved by Senate on 20th September, 2017. The aim of this policy is to support UM researchers in providing Open Access to their peer-reviewed research publications through deposit in the UM’s Institutional Repository, OAR@UM.
The full version of the University of Malta Open Access Policy can be viewed here.
Malta has 1 major Institution which is listed here:
University of Malta (UM)