Open Access in Sweden 2010 – 2016

Since the beginning of 2017, the National Library of Sweden (NLS) has a commission from the Swedish government to coordinate the transition to open access (OA) to research publications in Sweden. As a part of the assignment, NLS plans to report on how open access is developing in Sweden on a yearly basis. The following blog entry summarises the main points of the status report on open access in Sweden between the years 2010 to 2016.

Swedish OA share 2010-2016


Trend regarding the share of OA for peer-reviewed articles, reviews and conference papers 2010-2016. [Click on the image for a full-scale graph.]

The report is based on data in the Swedish national publication database SwePub, which harvests publication metadata from 42 Swedish HEIs and research organisations. The service oaDOI has been used to enrich metadata in publication records with information about the OA status of the publications where possible.

The descending share of total and green OA in 2016 is presumably due to a lag in data registration in the Swedish HEIs’ repositories and to the embargo periods imposed by the publishers on author manuscripts deposited in the repositories. The relatively marked rise in hybrid OA during 2016 is most likely due to the Springer Compact agreement for hybrid OA publications closed by the Bibsam consortium during 2016.

The OA share 42% for the year 2015 aligns relatively well with international studies, which shows about 45% OA worldwide for the year 2015. [Piwowar et. al. 2017]

The full OA status report is published in Swedish and can be downloaded here [PDF].