Open Access (OA) initiative

Open Access is the European initiative with the goal to promote and support free open access to electronic resources in education and academic environment.

Open Access ensures free access to full text scientific information online, allowing the users to read and download it by using a reference to the author, copy, distributor, print, quote, index, transfer in a form of data, or use it in any other legal manner without any financial, legal, or technical limitations.

Advantages of Open Access

One of the main policies of the Open Access initiative supporters is as follows: the society-funded research results must be freely accessible to all society members to promote knowledge transfer, thus increasing efficiency of scientific discoveries and return on investment. 

Publication of full texts of scientific works in the open access increases the impact of scientific research on innovations by offering free research result accessibility, it is possible to use and quote them.

Research sponsors, academic and scientific institutions share the opinion that conducting research is just part of the task; it is important that the results are accessible, thus the requirement to publish research results online in the open access gets emphasized.

What benefits OA institutional repository offers to the researchers?
  • Centralised archiving of research papers;
  • Search and accessibility option for scientific works;
  • Increased circulation of scientific research results and their impact factor;
  • IR serves as a track record of scientific activity.
The Scientists on Open Access

If you have any questions regarding data input in ZDAS and Open Access, please call Maija Neilande +371 28399196 or Jeļena Kravčinska, +371 27837518. You are welcome to call on the working days from 9 AM till 4.30 PM.

Outside office hours, send questions to the .

OA resources

OA resources may include e-journals to be reviewed; reviewed journal articles; unreviewed pre-prints, which the authors want to publish in order to receive commentaries and inform the colleagues on the newest discoveries in science, etc; dissertations, conference theses, etc.; any other resource in a digital format – a study course, music, pictures, multimedia works, software, etc.

The position of the Council of Europe regarding OA issue

The Council of Europe holds a view that free access to the scientific information in higher education, science, and research is very significant and promotes society development.

RTU e-resource repository

RTU repository provides composition, preservation, and accessibility of scientific publications of RTU. In the repository full texts of articles published in «Scientific Journals of RTU» and publications of RTU academic staff and researchers, which have been archived in the repository in accordance with the copyright agreements, are available.