The organization of the Slovenian research environment is defined in the Research and Development Act, which also specifies how research and development policies are implemented and how research is funded from the government funds and other sources (European programmes and frameworks, local communities, and business enterprises). Research and development activities are carried out by the research performing institutions through programmes and projects, and by private researchers through projects. The Research and Development Act states that results of research and development activities, financed from the government funds, should be made publicly available with the only
limitations being those set by the regulations on intellectual property, authors’ rights and personal data. There are two strategic documents related to open access:
The electronic versions of all publicly co-financed Slovenian journals (138 titles) and final reports of research projects, financed by the Slovenian Research Agency, as well as doctoral dissertations must be deposited into the Digital Library of Slovenia. Many of the scientific journals use Open Journal Systems for managing the publication process. The country does not have a national portal for the Open Access journals or for the Open Access monographs.
The Government of the Republic of Slovenia adopted the National Strategy of Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in Slovenia 2015-2020 in September 2015 that provides a good-practice example of a fully aligned national policy on open access to scientific publications and national pilot programme Open access to research data with the Horizon 2020 (H2020) Open Access mandate and EC’s Open Research Data Pilot and the July 2012 Commission’s Recommendations on access to and preservation of scientific information. The next step was an action plan for the implementation of the strategy, which has been officialy confirmed by the Government on 24 May 2017.