Open access policy

On 2 October 2017 the Director of the Institute, prof. dr hab. Anna Zielińska, introduced the policy of open access. The aims and objectives of this policy are specified in the document unanimously approved by the Academic Council of the Institute at the meeting held on 2 October 2017 (Resolution No. 47/2017).

Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences Open access policy

The Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, has been systematically working towards dissemination of knowledge. The team of its Slavic Academic Information Centre [Centrum Slawistycznej Informacji Naukowej] develops a bibliographical database of publications in Slavic linguistics worldwide (iSybislaw), which is available in open access. As of 2014 all journals issued by the Institute have been published only electronically and are available in open access at its e-journals platform. As of 2016, the monographs and collective volumes published by the Institute are available in open access at its repository of texts in the field of Slavic studies (iReteslaw). The Institute is also gradually opening access to its materials stored at the Digital Repository of Scientific Institutes [Repozytorium Cyfrowe Instytutów Naukowych, RCIN]. The Institute is a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) and the Coalition for Open Education [Koalicja Otwartej Edukacji], aiming to support the development of open educational resources and to promote good practices of their use.

To further the commitment to open science, as of 2 October 2017, the Director of the Institute, having consulted the Academic Council, introduces an institutional policy of open access to publications and research data of the Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences. This policy applies to all publications (including multimedia materials) affiliated with and published by the Institute, as well as to research data affiliated with the Institute. The Director appoints an Open Access Representative responsible for the implementation of this policy at the Institute.

Under the policy of open access, the Institute commits itself to propagating the idea of open science among its staff, doctoral students and cooperating researchers. The Institute publishes academic works in open access (CC BY 3.0 PL licence) via its publishing outlet, the Slavic Publication Centre [Slawistyczny Ośrodek Wydawniczy, SOW], which is part of the Institute and has required infrastructure at its disposal. The Institute operates an e-journal platform (https://ispan.waw.pl/journals/) providing access to all its periodicals: Acta Baltico-Slavica, Adeptus, Cognitive Studies/Études cognitives, Colloquia Humanistica, Slavia Meridionalis, Sprawy Narodowościowe, Studia Litteraria et Historica, Studia z Filologii Polskiej i Słowiańskiej. The Institute also keeps expanding its Slavic Studies repository (iReteslaw), one of whose sections (Publications of the Institute of Slavic Studies, https://ispan.waw.pl/ireteslaw/handle/20.500.12528/2) has become the place of publication of its monographic studies and collective volumes. With a view to expanding readership, the Slavic Publication Centre seeks to secure indexing of its publications (journals, monographs, multi-author volumes) in the maximum number of quality databases. The journals issued by the Institute are currently indexed in: Scopus, Proquest, European Reference Index for the Humanities Plus (ERIH PLUS), CEEOL (Central and Eastern European Online Library), CEJSH (Central European Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities), DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), EBSCO, WorldCat.

The Slavic Publication Centre adopts the so-called gold open access model, according to which the articles and monographs are reviewed and edited, and have their registered DOI or ISBN numbers. Information on the publishing policy of the Institute in this respect can be found in the Sherpa/Romeo database (http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/search.php?id=2213). The Centre is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and follows its principles.

Considering the needs of its staff members, the Institute provides the authors of works in the field Slavic studies – particularly those affiliated with the Institute and published elsewhere – with an opportunity to make them available in open access (CC BY 3.0 PL licence) at the Slavic Studies Documents collection of iReteslaw repository. Slavic studies scholars can also make their research data – particularly those obtained in the course of studies pursued at the Institute – available in open access at iReteslaw and RCIN repositories, as well as dedicated sections of the Institute website. The RCIN repository contains mostly older publications and audio materials of the Institute, which are gradually transferred to open access.

By implementing the policy of open access, the Institute meets the recommendations concerning open science specified in international documents (e.g. The Budapest Open Access Initiative, 14 February 2002, the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme) and in Polish guidelines (Ministry of Science and Education, Directions of the development of open access to publications and research results in Poland, Kierunki rozwoju otwartego dostępu do publikacji i wyników naukowych w Polsce, 2015).

Appointment of Open Access and Digitalisation Representative at the Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences

On 18 October 2017 the Director of the Institute, prof. dr hab Anna Zielińska, appointed dr Dorota Leśniewska as Open Access and Digitalisation Representative responsible for:

  • monitoring the implementation of open access policy adopted by the Institute;
  • coordinating work relating to open access policy at the Institute (ISS PAS Journals, iReteslaw repository, RCIN repository, iSybislaw database, open data uploaded by staff members);
  • popularising open access policy at the Institute;
  • providing help and assistance to Institute staff members in receiving permission for open access to their works published outside the Institute;
  • drafting annual reports on the implementation of open access policy and their publication on the Institute website;
  • coordinating work relating to the development of digital infrastructure of the Institute;
  • developing strategies and implementing solutions fostering the optimum use of digital resources of the Institute.

Open Access and Digitalisation Representative, Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, information on publications in 2017

In 2017 Institute staff members and doctoral students published the total of 265 works (monographs, journal articles, chapters in multi-author volumes); 213 of them were published outside the Institute. All 52 works published by the Institute and 32 (15%) of those published elsewhere are available in open access.

The overall proportion of works published in 2017 by Institute staff members and doctoral students available in open access is 32%.