3.4 OA Organizations

Individual researchers and scientists who realized the benefits of OA and who supported its idea became early advocates of the concept of OA. However it is important to note that while OA advocates for free access to information and knowledge resources facilitating OA itself needs finances. Hence OA needs to be planned and supported by organizations. After years of advocacy and activities of the open access movement there are many organizations across the globes, who are taking initiative to promote Open Access movement.

Listed below are some of the important region wise organizations that are working in the field of Open Access:


  • Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
  • African Journals Online
  • Association of African Universities (AAU)
  • Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme (SCAP), University of Cape Town
  • Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA)
  • UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

Asia and the Pacific

  • Asia Pacific Internet Association(APIA)
  • Asian Network for Open Educational Resources(OERS)
  • Centre for Internet and Society 
  • Creative Commons Asia
  • Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI)
  • Open Society Foundations
  • PAN Asia Networking Distance and Open Resource Access

Europe and North America

  • Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR)
  • Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL)
  • Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)
  • International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
  • International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP)
  • Max Planck Society
  • National Centre for Biotechnology Information
  • National Institute of Health, USA
  • Open Access Infrastructure Research for Europe (OpenAIRE)
  • Public Knowledge Project (PKP)
  • Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
  • United Kingdom Council of Research Repositories (UKCoRR)
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO)
  • Wellcome Trust,UK
  • European Commission
  • Royal Society, UK

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • CLACSO (Red de Bibliotecas Virtuales)
  • CLAD(Latin American Center for Development Administration
  • FAPESP (Scielo) (Foundation for Research Support of the State of São Paulo
  • FLACSO (Latin American Social Sciences Institute
  • IICA (SIDALC) (Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agricultural)
  • RedCLARA (COLABORA, Red Federada Latinoamericana de Repositorios Institucionales)
  • SciELo (, BIREME, BVS, SciELO) (Scientific Electronic Library Online)
  • UAEM (Redalyc) (Universities Allied for Essential Medicines)
  • UNAM (Latindex, CLASE, PERIÓDICA) (National Autonomous University of Mexico)

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