Iryna Kuchma is the Open Access Programme Manager for EIFL. Under Iryna’s management, the EIFL
Open Access Programme has many achievements, including the establishment of more than 700 open
access repositories and more than 4,000 open access journals in EIFL’s partner countries. The
programme also supported the development of 77 open access policies in EIFL partner countries,
opening up a wealth of new knowledge and research to the world.
Iryna is a member of Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) Advisory Board as well as the Advisory
Board of the new Open Access Publishing Cooperative Study, DSpace Community Advisory Team
(DCAT), NDLTD (Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations) Board of Directors, the Open
Library of Humanities Internationalisation Committee, PLOS (Public Library of Science) International
Advisory Group, and the Open Access Button Steering Committee. Iryna also chairs a Working Group
‘Repository and Repository Networks Support & Training’ in the Confederation of Open Access
Repositories (COAR) and participates in a Joint ARL/CARL/COAR/LIBER Task Force on Librarians’
Competencies in Support of E-Research and Scholarly Communication.
In 2013, Iryna received the Electronic Publishing Trust (EPT) for Development Annual Award, in
recognition of her “efforts in the furtherance of open access to scholarly publications in the
developing and emerging countries”.