Malta
Last updated on 
11 May 2020

National Open Access Desk

University of Malta
University of Malta
  • Overview

    The University of Malta (UM) is the highest teaching and research institution in Malta and was founded in 1769. It is a publicly funded institution and caters for 11,000 students which include over 1,000 international students from 92 different countries and comprises over 1,000 academics, and approximately 800 technical and administrative staff. The UM is made up of 14 Faculties and a number of interdisciplinary Institutes, Centres and Schools. The UM strives to create programmes of studies and research which are relevant and timely in response to the needs of the country.

    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.

    Support and Landscape

    In January 2017, the UM Library established an Open Science Department whose remit is to support the dissemination of the intellectual output, research and data produced by the UM. The department is fully committed to promote Open Science and to support with the processing and uploading of research output on the IR – OAR@UM.

    National Initiatives

    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).

  • Open Science Policy

    National Policy

    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.

    Funder policy

    Malta has not implemented a funder Open Access/Open Science policy yet.

    Institutional Policy

    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)

    You can find more information about UM in OpenDOAR and ROARMAP.

  • Infrastructure & EOSC

    Key networks & Aggregators

  • Training & Support

    Adoption of Open Access is supported by the UM Library through the organisation of seminars, awareness raising events, and educational and training ventures. Training workshop entitled Enhancing the visibility of your research output: A hands-on workshop on how to upload your research papers on the UM Institutional Repository - OAR@UM are organised on monthly basis by the Library’s Open Science Department in collaboration with Library’s Outreach Department.
  • Statistics

    17,204 OA publications in 2 repositories
  • News

    23 January 2019
    Scholarly journals published by academic societies have to struggle through the complex publishing landscape in order to maximise their visibility, discoverability and usage. This is due to the fact that these journals are either being hosted on non-robust platforms such as society websites or maintained by commercial publishers with content that is behind pay wall or against costly article proces...
    09 February 2018
    The University of Malta (UM) Library in conjunction with OpenAIRE organised a one-day workshop entitled Open Access in Practice: Dissemination, Visibility, Usage & Impact of Scholarly Research. The event was held on Friday 12th January, 2018 at the UM’s Conferences and Events Unit, based at the Valletta Campus.  The aim of the event was to raise awareness about the concept of Op...
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