Open Access in Portugal


OA in Portugal
National Policy

under preparation of a national policy covering open access to Scientific Publications and Open Research Data; Infrastructures and Digital Preservation; Research Assessment; and Scientific Social Responsibility (includes citizen science, linking research to culture, SME’s and citizens).

- the national policy will be based on study on Open Access Models, Policies and Costs (available only in Portuguese)

Main Funder

Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Main Funder OA Policy

Not Mandatory

  •  FCT’s OA Policy with a mandate to deposit all peer reviewed publications from FCT funded research in any of the OA repositories hosted within RCAAP, as soon as possible or immediately after publication.
  • OA Requiremets (SHERPA/Juliet)
  •  Most universities have their own institutional repositories. 
OA scheme adopted

Mostly Green OA, although Gold OA is possible (APC costs are eligible for reimbursement from research project funds)

Embargo period

Journals: Maximum embargo period for Green OA (6 months and 12 months for Social Sciences and Humanities).

Books, book chapters and monographs: Maximum embargo period ( 18 months, and 36 months for doctoral thesis).

National publishers Copyright policies & self-archiving List of portuguese publishers and (SHERPA/RoMEO) and policies (172 publishers)
National scientific repositories

RCAAP - Open Access Scientific Repositories of Portugal; a single entry point for searching, discovery and recall of thousands of scientific and scholarly publications, namely journal articles, conference papers, thesis and dissertations, distributed by several Portuguese repositories.

  •  there is an integration mechanisms between RCAAP (the national OA repository infrastructure network — and FCT’s grant management systems in such a way that a research publication cannot be reported for project evaluation purposes or for financial reporting or reimbursement requests purposes if it has not been previously deposited into one of the repository members of the RCAAP network. 
  •  RCAAP is fully integrated in the OpenAIRE network of repositories through full adoption of the OpenAIRE guidelines by all of its repositories.
Other national resources:
Current Research Information System (CRIS) PT-CRIS, nationally defined as an ecosystem of CRISs, is at implementation stage and it will integrate and make interoperable — through the adoption of the best current standards, such as ORCID, ISNI, the OpenAIRE guidelines and EuroCRIS.
Additional Aspects
  •  university libraries have taken a predominant role around open access discussions since they are heavily engaged in RCAAP, the national network of open-access repositories. The RCAAP community comprises a number of stakeholders (the majority of its members are university librarians). To this end, most university libraries in Portugal have proactively assumed the role of enablers of scientific information dissemination and facilitators of digital services. Thus, they are mostly also institutional repository managers and interface directly with the research community, spreading down the chain the orientations commonly agreed at the RCAAP meetings.


  •  national libraries have a legal deposit mandate (Decree-Law 115/2013 mandates legal deposit of a print copy of every national master’s degree dissertation and doctoral thesis at the National Library and, simultaneously, deposit of a digital copy in one of RCAAP’s network repositories).


National contacts
  • IPR Helpdesk national ambassateur: 

cmarquesmaia's picture Catarina Maia; INESC TEC; +351 222094000;