Slovakia
Last updated on 
Mar 22, 2022

National Open Access Desk

Slovak Centre for Scientific and Technical information (SCSTI)
Slovak Centre for Scientific and Technical information (SCSTI)
  • Overview

    Since 2013 Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information (SCSTI) serves as the National point of reference for the policy of "Open Access and preservation of scientific information".
     
    In 2015 SCSTI became NOAD for Slovakia. SCSTI replaced University Library in Bratislava (member of OpenAIRE since 2009). In 2020 SCSTI became regular member of OpenAIRE AMKE.
     
    In 2016 a Contact Office for Open Access was established at SCSTI. In 2020 it became Open Science Support Department.
     
    In 2017 the OGP Action Plan for years 2017-2019 was adopted (also available in English). It contains part about Open Access to the results of research and development. In 2019 the OGP Action Plan for years 2020-2021 was adopted (also available in English). Main task was to develop and adopt the National Strategy for Open Science.
     
    In 2021 National Strategy for Open Science for years 2021-2028 (also available in English) with its Action Plan (2021-2022) was approved. The National Strategy aims to create a sustainable paradigm of participation of all stakeholders in science and research in Slovakia in the implementation of Open Science global principles in disseminating, mutual sharing, reusing and making research outputs available in Slovakia.

    national overview

    Support and Landscape

    The Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic is the main body supporting research and development funded from public resources. There are public, private and state operated universities, research organisations (e.g. Slovak Academy of Science - SAS), research institutes and private companies. The Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport realises the process of evaluation to perform R&D. The certificate for research organisation as result of evaluation process allows to use public resources for R&D.

    Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information (SCSTI) is the national information centre and specialised scientific library of the Slovak Republic focused on natural, technical, economic and social sciences. The SCSTI provides several information systems supporting R&D on national level funded by the ministry, i.e. Central Registry of Publication Activities, Central Registry of Theses and Dissertations, Central Information Portal for Research, Development and Innovation and Slovak Current Research Information System (SK CRIS).

    national landscape

    National Initiatives

    Since 2007 SCSTI as provider of SK CRIS system, is member of EuroCRIS, not-for-profit organization, dedicated to the development of Research Information Systems and their interoperability.

    In October 2016 was established Open Access working group. It has 27 members from libraries, ministries and SAS.

    In March 2017 "The Action Plan for Open Government in Slovak Republic, 2017 - 2019" was approved by Government of the Slovak Republic.

    In the end of 2019 new "Action Plan for Open Government in Slovak Republic for years 2020-2021" was approved by Government. Main goal of part Open Science is to adopt National Open Science strategy.

  • Open Science Policy

    National Policy

    Since june 2021 Slovakia has National strategy for Open Science (2021-2028) with its Action plan (2021-2022). National strategy is also available in English. The National Strategy for Open Science aims to improve the availability of the Slovak science results and change the system of research and evaluation processes towards higher transparency, reproducibility, and integrity.

    The National Strategy covers the following topics:

    1. Open access to publicly funded publications
    2. Open access to scientific data
    3. The technical infrastructure for Open Science
    4. Open Science financing
    5. Protection of intellectual property rights
    6. Usage of existing open IT tools and open data
    7. Open Science education
    8. Evaluation of R&D with principles of Open Science
    9. Citizen Science support

    national policy

    Funder policy

    Institutional Policy

  • Infrastructure & EOSC

    Key networks & Aggregators

    Data repositories

    National publishing initiatives

    In Slovakia there is 325 Open Access journals. List of Slovak Open Access journals is available here.

    25% of Slovak Open Access journals can be found in DOAJ. 44% is licensed with Creative Commons license - most used license is CC-BY-NC-ND.

    91% of Slovak Open Access journals is without APC.

    National agreements with publishers

    OA books

  • Training & Support

    Slovak Centre for Scientific and Technical Information is organising 2 OA courses for researchers/librarians based on UNESCO curriculum. Those who decide to attend exams will recieve certificate accredited from Ministry of Education and are able to train people at their organisation. Course is for free and held in Slovak language.

    First course "Introduction to open access" contains 5 topics: scholarly communication process, history and development of open access, rights and licenses, advocacy for open access and open access research impacts.

    Second course "Open Access Infrastructure" is about open access repositories, open access publishing softwares used for open access journals, publishing policies in Slovakia, open educational sources, open and FAIR data and data curation.

    Except these 2 courses, webinars on different topics are held throughout year.

  • Statistics

    View Statistics in the country page of Open Science Observatory

  • News

    Citizen Science opportunities in Slovakia
    28 Jun 2022

    Citizen Science opportunities in Slovakia

    The growth of citizen science (CS) is not uniform, even within Europe. While the CS concept is thriving in Western Europe, it is only starting to be recognized in post-socialist countries of Central and Eastern Europe. A comparison of Slovakia with its neighboring countries, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Ukraine (as neighboring post-socialist European countries) and Austria (as a nearby ...

    Slovak National Strategy for Open Science 2021 - 2028
    9 Jul 2021

    Slovak National Strategy for Open Science 2021 - 2028

    At the beginning of June 2021, The National Strategy for Open Science 2021 - 2028, with its first Action Plan 2021 - 2022, was adopted by the Slovak government (both in the Slovak language are uploaded below, English version of the National Strategy also). The creation of the National Strategy is an integral part of the Action Plan of the Open Government Partnership Initiative 2020-2021. The Slova...

    New Open Government Partnership Action Plan in Slovakia for years 2020-2021
    16 Dec 2019

    New Open Government Partnership Action Plan in Slovakia for years 2020-2021

    In the mid of November, a new  Open Government Partnership Action Plan​  2020-2021 was adopted in Slovakia, already the forth OGP Action Plan in order. The first one has already been implemented in 2012. The OGP 2020-2021 Action Plan builds on previous action plans. Topics concerning open data, open education, open science, open justice and citizen participation remain represented, only ...

    Open Access Week in Slovakia
    25 Oct 2019

    Open Access Week in Slovakia

    During Open Access week in Slovakia we organized two events. On 22.10 we had webinar "Open science is here for you" on the basics of open science and how to get involved. Around 40 people attended from all over Slovakia.  On 24.10.2019 we organized OpenAIRE workshop "Open Access: its opportunities and challenges" with 4 speakers. During the workshop participants could play a quiz about Open S...

    Workshop about the future of scholarly journals in Slovakia
    24 Apr 2019

    Workshop about the future of scholarly journals in Slovakia

    ​In Bratislava on April 11, 2019 we held a workshop on the future of scholarly journals in Slovakia. This was the second time we organized a workshop dedicated solely to Open Access journals. The main goal was to gather Open Access journal publishers and discuss the problems they are facing in Slovakia. The workshop was carried out in English and Slovak.  The mai...

    Open Access week 22-28. October 2018 in Slovakia
    28 Nov 2018

    Open Access week 22-28. October 2018 in Slovakia

     During Open Access week in Slovakia, we organized 2 events – a webinar and our national OpenAIRE workshop. We also provided materials for libraries, which they could download from our website and reuse. The Webinar was held on 23rd October and was about Creative Commons licenses. Around 15 people attended. Our speaker Zuzana Adamová discussed the basics of ...

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