May 20, 2022

Universities in Ethiopia and Serbia Adopt Open Access and Open Science Policies

From EIFL:

EIFL welcomes the news that four more universities in EIFL partner countries, one in Ethiopia and three in Serbia, have adopted open access and open science policies.


Among the three universities in Serbia is University of Belgrade, the oldest and largest university in the country, and one of the most important educational and research centres in Southeast Europe. The university’s new policy, titled ‘Open Science Platform of the University of Belgrade’, affirms the concept of open science, which provides researchers and the public with free and up-to-date access to reviewed scientific publications, primary data generated during research, and other research results, with the aim of accelerating exchange of scientific information. See the policy, adopted in March 2019, here (in English).

The other two universities in Serbia that have adopted open science policies are:

  • University of Kragujevac, policy adopted in December 2018. See the policy here (in Serbian).
  • University of Criminal Investigation and Police Studies, policy adopted in January 2019. See the policy here (in Serbian).


In Ethiopia, Hawassa University in the city of Hawassa, adopted an open access policy in March 2019. The policy is based on a model developed by Addis Ababa University.

The Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Higher Education is currently working on a national open access policy, based on a model policy developed with EIFL support. The national policy is expected to be adopted in 2019 and will mandate all universities and research institutes that receive public funding to make their research open access.

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