Asia OA


Asia OA is a special forum hosted by COAR in which members of the Asian open access community can share information, meet each other and build relationships. It has a mailing list and organizes meetings to facilitate greater exchange beyond national boundaries. This community is dedicated to people working in the academic environment based in the Asian region. It celebrates Asian cultural diversity and unique way of doing things.

Just published – June 8, 2017 – Available here: Asia Open Access Regional Survey

This report presents the results of a survey of open access activities in Asia undertaken in early 2017.

The continent of Asia is rapidly increasing in prominence on the world stage, both in terms of R&D as well as scientific production. According to the UNESCO World Science Report (2015), the region encompasses “close to half of global economic output (45%) and expenditure on research and development (R&D, 42%) and is home to both some of the world’s most dynamic technological powerhouses”. In terms of research outputs, the Asian continent is already prolific and is growing quickly, with China poised to become the world’s leading country in terms of number of published research articles.

As with other continents, open access policies and practices are being adopted in Asia, although progress varies greatly across the different jurisdictions and locations. This report provides an account of the current state of open access in 16 regions of Asia. It is expected that the survey results will contribute to the adoption of open access and help various regions make the case for greater investment in open access, both in terms of policies, as well as national and local infrastructure.

Recent events

The community was launched in March 2016 with a meeting hosted by the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo, Japan. The full meeting report from March 2016 is available here.

The second meeting was held on November 14 – 15, 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Positioning Asia in the Global Movement of Open Science

If you are interested in joining this group, or want more information, please contact the COAR office.