Czech Republic


The official national policy document in the field of science and research by The National Research, Development and Innovation  of the Czech Republic in 2009 – 2015 does not mention open access. But that does not mean that there is no development in this area in the Czech Republic. Czech Republic is in the initial phase of adopting OA. OA awareness is still mostly limited to library staff only, which explains why most OA initiatives in the country are seen to have been adapted only very recently. The essential organization for the advancement of science in the Czech Republic is the Research, Development and Innovation Council. Together with the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic and the Czech Science Foundation, they constitute the country's main science and research funders. There are 26 public universities in the Czech Republic and a large number of private universities. The most important research institution is the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

As of July 2015, 133 OA journals are indexed in DOAJ which are published in Czech Republic. There are 25 Czech open repositories registered in OpenDOAR.

Five institutional OA policies are currently registered in ROARMAP.

Enabling Environment

OA initiatives have taken place. The Czech Science Foundation, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and Masaryk University signed the Berlin Declaration.

The Association of Czech University Libraries (covering 25 universities) promotes OA issues by inviting recognized experts to introduce OA at its annual conferences Bibliotheca academica, by organizing seminars and supporting other events and activities conducted by university libraries, such as DSpace CZ or Open Access Week. The Czech Republic National Strategy of Open Access to Scientific Information for 2017–2020 was approved by the Government on June 14, 2017 as part of Czech Open Government Partnership activities.

National and Institutional Policies:

On June 14, 2017, the Government of the Czech Republic approved the National Strategy for Open Access to Scientific Knowledge for the period 2017-2020.

The next move should be to create an action plan. The CAS Technology Centre (TC) supports the Czech Republic's participation in the European Research Area and has been designated as the National Point of Reference in accordance with the Commission Recommendation on access to and protection of scientific knowledge dated July 17, 2012. TC also oversaw the activities of the open access working group, which drafted the first draught of the national plan for open access to scientific knowledge.

There is no funder requiring open access to research results in the Czech Republic. Just a few research performing organisations, mostly universities and the Czech Academy of Sciences, have implemented open access policies.

The policies do not mandate that all media be available to the public.

Key Organizations

Association of Czech University Libraries

Overview: Association of university libraries aimed at promoting, developing and supporting university libraries, sharing practice and collaboration. Communication address: Czech Technical University in Prague, Computing and Information Center, Computing and Information Center, 166 36 Praha 6-Dejvice, Czech Republic; e-mail: iva.prochaskova(at)

There are only few data repositories in the Czech Republic; the most important among them are

  • Czech Social Science Data Archive (Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic),
  • LINDAT-Clarin Repository (Centre for Language Research Infrastructure in the Czech Republic; Institute of Formal and Applied Linguistics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague)

Czech university libraries and other research-performing organisations have started to build the technological infrastructure with an installation of repositories and have participated in some Czech universities activities conducted in this area in the past. These activities have been supported mainly by the Association of Libraries of Czech Universities.

The National Centre for Electronic Information Resources (CzechELib) aims to ensure the effective purchase of and access to key electronic information resources (EIR) for their users in the fields of research, development, and innovation in the Czech Republic, thereby significantly reducing public (research organizations) spending on related administrative activities.

Events and Programmes

  • 22 June 2020, Institutional RDM Support at the Masaryk University (Czech Republic)
  • 27 July 2017, The Czech Republic National Strategy of Open Access to Scientific Information and Data
  • Open Access Week at the University of Pardubice, 2016-10-25, Czech Republic, Organized by University Library | Type: seminar
  • Open Access Week at the University of Pardubice, 2015-10-22, Czech Republic, Organized by Univerzitní knihovna Univerzity Pardubice | Type: seminar
  • Open Access Week at the University of Pardubice, 2015-10-21, Czech Republic, Organized by Univerzitní knihovna Univerzity Pardubice | Type: seminar
  • Brno University of Technology Open Access Week, 2015-10-19, Czech Republic, Organized by Jan Skupa | Type: week, on, university
  • ASTEUR4OA PROJECT MID-TERM MEETING, 13 May 2015, Brussels, Belgium
  • May 2015: Czech University of Life Sciences: “Czech Open Science Days 2015." This was a FOSTER-supported training programme organized in partnership with EIFL with the aim of setting in place sustainable mechanisms for EU researchers to Foster Open Science. This was one of the 24 training programmes organized in 2015 for the the research communities of 17 other EU countries.
  • 22 October 2014: "Conference on Grey Literature and Repositories", Prague, Czech Republic.
  • BIBLIOTHECA ACADEMICA 2014, 14 Oct 2014 - 15 Oct 2014, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
  • 27-28 May 2014: INFORUM 2014: Conference on Professional Information Resources;  OA is among the topics. Prague, Czech Republic
  • 25 May 2014: Information OPV- Seminar Open Access; Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • 17-18 October 2013: "eBooks on Demand Conference 2013", OA is among the topics. Prague, Czech Republic
  • Collaboration between the Czech universities and research institutions in organizing the Open Access Week (2010, 2011) in the Czech Republic.
  • Czech Republic participates in OpenAIRE project. VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava Central Library represents the Czech NOAD in the OpenAIRE.


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