“Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole. Open Access has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year.
There are various ways in which open access can be provided, with the two most common methods usually categorised as gold or green open access. One option for authors who wish to make their work openly accessible is to publish in an open access journal ("Gold open access"). Self-archiving (also know as "Green open access") refers to the practice of depositing articles in an institutional or subject repository.
LUHS Open Access mandate (Adopted by LSMU Rectorate on 4 November 2013, Decision No.13-2)
Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) creates institutional repository LSMU eDoc supporting Open Access policy and seeking to enable the possibility to access freely (in accordance with copyright provisions) the results of scientific research of the LUHS and to ensure the visibility, effective use, citation of the publications of the University‘s scientists. Open access to the research results of an institution increases the significance of scientific investigations, brings them to the society, expanding their visibility and citation both at the national and global levels. University actively supports the open access movement thereby realizing one of the functions of the University – social responsibility to the society. It promotes international co-operation, researchers networking, new cross-disciplinary research, innovation, development, sharing of information and promotion of science. Lithuanian University of Health Sciences open access institutional repository (hereinafter - Institutional Repository LUHS) is launched in 2013 in order to ensure open access of the scientific production of the University. The Institutional Repository LUHS contains scientific publications, books, conference papers, student final papers (graduate, undergraduate, doctoral thesis) and other scientific output developed by Lithuanian University of Health Sciences staff. Scientific journals and e-books, published by LUHS, are open access.
LSMU Virtual Library - is an integral search system which enables to browse LUHS Library and Information Centre resources, Lithuanian Academic Electronic Library eLABa, subscribed databases, other databases and electronic resources, LIBIS catalogue that covers resources stored in Lithuanian public libraries.
LSMU eDoc - LSMU eDoc (Institutional Repository of scientific works e-documents) is a set of services and facilities designed for accumulation, management, long-term storage and dissemination of e-documents of intellectual activity of the members of the University community. The aim of its establishment is to collect and store scientific production created by University community members, to provide an open access to the full-text documents not only for the members of University
community, but also for society as a whole, thus increasing the visibility, readability and citation of this production.
The following e-documents of scientific production of LSMU authors may be collected, stored and made available to the readers in the LUHS institutional repository: monographs, textbooks, schoolbooks and other research or study publications, doctoral dissertations and their summaries, master‘s theses, bachelor‘s theses, research or scientific articles, popular science articles, their preprints or postprints, papers of scientific conferences, seminars and other scientific or educational events, research reports, project reports, other digital research materials (audio and/or video materials), other materials.
MRU eBooks - includes more than 190 open access books published by MRU. Subject areas: the humanities and social sciences, exact sciences. There are doctoral dissertations.
ETD - Lithuanian electronic theses & disertations.
BASE - is one of the world′s most popular search engines especially for academic open access web resources. BASE provides more than 100 million documents from more than 4695 sources. Base provides access to full texts of about 75% of the indexed documents.
BioMed Central - is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher of 293 peer-reviewed open access journals. Lithuanian University of Health Sciences is a Member which means you can publish in any BioMed Central journal without paying a fee.
Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL) - is an online archive which provides access to full text articles from 1331 humanities and social science journals and re-digitized documents pertaining to Central, Eastern and South-Eastern European topics.
Cogprints - is a free, full-text e-print archive of published, peer-reviewed journal postprints plus prepublication unrefereed preprints in the cognitive sciences, covering psychology, behavioral biology, computer science, linguistics, philosophy and related disciplines.
College Open Textbooks - has peer-reviewed more than 100 open textbooks for use in community college courses and identified more than 550: College Open Textbooks has already peer-reviewed several new open textbooks for use in community college courses and identified more than 250 others for consideration.
The DART-Europe E-theses - is a database of electronic research theses held in European repositories (access to 623 093 open access research theses from 586 Universities in 28 European countries).
DOAB - directory of open access books: 5415 academic peer-reviewed books from 161 publishers.
DOAJ - is an online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals (9 172 journals from 128 countries).
E-Books Directory - is a daily growing list of freely downloadable ebooks (9870 free e-books in 672 categories), documents and lecture notes.
EBSCO Open Access Databases - is free access to journals related to the medical and health, biology, and more.
Electronic Journals Library (EZB) - offers online access to articles published in scientific and academic journals. Currently, 486 libraries and research institutions take advantage of this service in their daily work (97 389 journals).
Europeana.eu - explore millions of items from a range of Europe's leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums (53 million items from over 3000 of Europe's memory institutions: objects include images, texts, sounds, videos).
FreeBooks4Doctors - is free access to medical books (367).
FreeFullPDF - open access scientific journals, theses, posters and patents.
Free Medical Books - open access books cover almost all areas of medicine: anatomy, physiology, immunology, genetics, internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, military medicine, psychiatry, and more (500).
Google Books - is a service from Google that searches the full text of books and magazines that Google has scanned, converted and stored in its digital database.
Google Scholar - web-based database that indexes and searches peer-reviewed journal articles, books, theses, preprints, technical reports and citation details from all areas of research.
HighWire Press - is the largest archive of open access journals for all major disciplines (2 434 604 free full-text articles).
Hindawi - is the publisher of 437 peer-reviewed, open access journals covering a wide range of academic disciplines.
INASP - International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications. INASP is an international development charity working with a global network of partners to improve access, production and use of research information and knowledge, so that countries are equipped to solve their development challenges.
InTech - is a pioneer and world's largest multidisciplinary open access publisher of books covering the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine. InTech has collaborated with more than 87235 authors and published 2760 books and 5 journals with the aim of providing free online access to high-quality research and helping leading academics to make their work visible and accessible to diverse new audiences around the world.
IRIS - World Health Organization (WHO) Institutional Repository for Information Sharing.
Libertas Academica - is the publisher of 83 international, peer reviewed scientific, technical and medical journals.
OAIster - is a union catalog of millions of records representing open access resources. OAIster includes more than 30 million records from more than 1500 contributors.
OAPEN - online library and publication platform contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences.
OpenAIRE - Open Access infrastructure for research in Europe.
OpenCourseWare (OCW) - MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content (materials from 2340 courses).
OpenDOAR - is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories.
PubMed Central (PMC) - is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature (4 million articles are archived in PMC).
PubMed Bookshelf - free access to books and documents in life science and healthcare.
ROAD - directory of open access scholarly resources.
Science and Education Publishing (SciEP) - is one of the largest Open Access journal publishers. It is currently publishing many open access, online, peer-reviewed journals covering a wide range of academic disciplines. SciEP serves the worldwide academic communities and contributes to the progress and application of sciences with its publication. Science and Education publishing (SciEP) is an ideal outlet for the publication of your significant research findings.
SpringerOpen - SpringerOpen includes over 155 peer-reviewed open access journals across all areas of science.
Wiley Open Access - per-reviewed open access journals across many research disciplines (accross biological, chemical and health sciences).
WorldWideScience.org - is a global science gateway, providing one-stop searching of over 90 national and international scientific databases and portals from more than 70 countries.