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OA Policies in Iceland


Act on public support for research 2003 No 3 3 February

„The results of research financed by grants from funds covered by this Act shall be made public through open access publication, and shall be available to everyone unless otherwise agreed. Grantees shall in all documents relating to their research results refer to the contribution of the funds to the project in question“ (Article 10 – Research results)

University policies

In Iceland there are seven universities:

University of Iceland

Largest and oldest university in Iceland. Established in 1911. Schools: Education; Engineering and Natural Sciences; Health Sciences; Humanities; Social Sciences

University of Akureyri

Established in 1987. Schools: Health Sciences; Humanities and Social Sciences; Business and Science

Bifröst University College

Established in 1988. Departments: Business; Law; Social Sciences

Reykjavik University

Established in 1998. Schools: Business; Computer Science; Law; Science and Engineering

Iceland Academy of the Arts

Established in 1999. Departments: Design & Architecture; Performing Arts; Arts Education; Fine Art; Music

Agricultural University of Iceland

Established in 2005. Departments: Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences; Vocational Training and Continuing Education.

Hólar University College

Established in 2007. Departments: Aquaculture and Fish Biology; Equine Studies; Tourism Studies

Only three of the seven universities in Iceland have policies on Open access, none of them are mandatory

Bifröst University – 18  May 2011

University of Iceland – 6 February 2014

Reykjavik University – 13 November 2014

Other policies

Icelandic Centre for Research  – January 2013

National and University Library of Iceland –  November 2016

Repositories in Iceland

All of the seven universities in Iceland and the National and University Library of Iceland jointly run two repositories:

Opin visindi is the institutional repository for Open Access research outputs and PhD dissertations

Skemman is the institutional repository for graduate and undergraduate theses

Landspitali – the National University Hospital of Iceland runs an Open Access repository, Hirsla, designed as a place to store, index, preserve and redistribute in digital format scholarly work of  employees