Mongolia is a huge land-locked country bordering Russia and China. Its 3 million inhabitants are somewhat isolated geographically and linguistically and by comparative poverty. Language barrier is a big problem even though English and Russian are second foreign languages.

There are currently 5 OA journals published in Mongolia which are indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) as of March 2021. However, researchers from Mongolia are found to publish their articles in International Open Access Journals. For example, ~10 OA articles have been published with BioMed Central- an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher which has pioneered the Open Access publishing model – by researchers from the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry, the Ministry of Health, Health Science University of Mongolia (HSUM), National Center of Communicable Diseases (NCCD), State Research Center on Maternal and Child Health (SRCMCH) and the Institute of Veterinary Medicine (IVM), among others.

Enabling Environment

The Open Access Resources for Researchers in Mongolia is a guide meant to provide Mongolian researchers with links to helpful Open Access information resources. The project was supported by a fellowship from the American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS), a research leave from New York University, and the Mongolian Libraries Consortium (MLC).

EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) has been working in Mongolia since 1999. EIFL supported the creation of the Mongolian Libraries Consortium, and through this partnership, libraries in Mongolia are providing access to a wide range of scholarly e-resources. In Mongolia, EIFL has advocated for revisions to the national copyright law to enable libraries to better meet the needs of their end users. EIFL has also engaged with public libraries in Mongolia resulting in an innovative pilot project that is helping libraries meet the information needs of their communities.

Open Access Policies

There are currently no OA policies registered in the Registry of Open Access Repository Mandates and Policies (ROARMAP).

Events and Programs

Past and Future OA related Activities

  • 11 Dec 2014 - Seminar " Open Access: Knowledge sharing and sustainable scholarly communication in Mongolia" organized by Mongolia Academy of Sciences, Mongolian Libraries Consortium, Books for Asia (The Asia Foundation Mongolia) and Books for Mongolia ( American center for Mongolian Studies). This seminar brought together stakeholders from various academic and research institutions to discuss best approaches to collaborative promotion of Open Access in Mongolia.

  • 23 Oct 2012 - Open Access Advocacy day in Mongolia organized by Mongolian Academy of sciences, Mongolian Libraries Consortium and Mongolian Young Scientist Association supported by Springer.


       Heinicke, S., I. Ordaz-Németh, J. Junker, M. E. Bachmann, S. Marrocoli, E. G. Wessling, D. Byler, S. M. Cheyne, J. Desmond, D. Dowd, M. Fitzgerald, M. Fourrier, A. Goedmakers, R. A. Hernandez-Aguilar, A. Hillers, K. J. Hockings, S. Jones, M. Kaiser, K. Koops, J. M. Lapuente, F. Maisels, J. Riedel, E. Terrade, C. G. Tweh, V. Vergnes, T. Vogt, E. A. Williamson, and H. S. Kühl. 2021. “Open-Access Platform to Synthesize Knowledge of Ape Conservation across Sites.” American Journal of Primatology 83(1). doi: 10.1002/ajp.23213.

●     Open Access Guide for Researchers in Mongolia: This guide provides links to helpful Open Access information resources, particularly those relevant to researchers in and research on Mongolia.