Photo of two Open Access Week organizers and speakers in Estonia standing in front of their booth.
Open Access Week organizers and speakers in Estonia, a global event that calls for open access as the new norm in scholarship and research. Photo credit: Henri Kirs/Tartu Ülikool


Digital technology has revolutionized how we disseminate information, communicate and learn. The internet has provided the means for researchers to make their research results available to anyone, anywhere, at any time.

Open access (OA) is the immediate, online, free and unrestricted availability of peer-reviewed research literature. It is a powerful new model that is increasing opportunities for researchers in developing and transition countries to contribute to the global research community.

Key stakeholders in this evolving scholarly communication environment - researchers, students, research managers and policy makers, librarians, journal editors and publishers - need to be made aware of how OA can support their work.

To help spread awareness, the EIFL Open Access Programme (EIFL-OA) organizes national and institutional OA awareness raising and advocacy campaigns. EIFL also plays a leading role advocating for OA internationally.

At our faculty researchers publish a number of publications. But we do not have access to them. Sometimes it is even hard to find out that they actually exist. The same thing happens with the scientific works written by students. Open access is not only about increasing citation, which refers to professors and researchers. Through our actions we show a variety of practical benefits of open access, both for students and researchers. Because open access is our common cause.

- Ewa Majdecka, student, Opener Initiative, Institute of Applied Social Sciences at Warsaw University



In 2002, EIFL was one of the original signatories for the Budapest Open Access Initiative, which coined the term Open Access'.



The Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP) blue ribbon panel of industry experts selected EIFL to be one of seven high-impact open access organizations, among public action advocates in 2013.

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