Open Access (OA) is a global social movement, created in the early 90s of the 20th century, which refers to free on-line access to digital versions of scientific publications and research results (especially if they are financed from public funds), and to educational materials.



  • articles in scientific journals

  • monographs and their fragments

  • research data




Open Access articles are available online immediately and to everyone anywhere in the world. They are spread to a much larger group of users than publications that require paid subscriptions. Digital documents are also environmentally friendly.

Findings of the research become public domain. Therefore, thay may be used free of charge to further studies or in the industry, e.g. in the production of new drugs.

Open Access is the best way to enhance your articles' reach. The greater availability of publications the higher citation rates and that it turn results in a better assessment of the scientific work.

The public access to the findings of the research allows us to better shape public opinion. For example society can better influence and help to shape political decisions for the better, e.g. climate change and healthcare policies.

Free of charge articles accessible online may also be accessed by scientists from other fields or people who are not directly related to the scientific community but who also have a right to access the above-mentioned findings of the research in a creative way and undertake new interdisciplinary tasks.

Starting from 2021, there is a requirement to provide Open Access to publications and findings of the research that are financed from the public funds in order to enable them to be used free of charge.

Open-access resources help to save money that otherwise would have been spent on buying expensive, subscribed scientific journals for public institutions.

Thanks to scientific publications available worldwide for free, contacts between scientists are enlivened, communication becomes easier and new interdisciplinary research teams are formed. Open publishing also allows researchers in developing countries to see the latest scientific achievements thereby preventing digital exclusion.


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Regulations of collecting personal data in Medical University of Gdańsk

On 27 April 2016 Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Union and of Council came into force. It relates to data processing for natural persons and the freedom of movement of such data. In the light of this and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation), the Main Library would like to draw your attention to the following:

1. The administrator of your personal data is The Medical University of Gdańsk based in Gdańsk, Marii Skłodowskiej-Curie 3A, 80-210 Gdańsk,

2. The Data Protection Inspector at The Medical University of Gdańsk is Piotr Małecki (iod@gumed.edu.pl),

3. Your personal data will be processed using the Tricity Libraries IT System (Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music, Gdynia Maritime University, Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, Medical University of Gdansk, Gdansk University of Physical Education and Sport, European Solidarity Centre) in order to enable the use of library resources on the basis of art. 6 par. 1 lit. A of the general regulation of personal data of 27 April 2016,

4. Your personal data will not be disclosed to other entities, except for entities authorized under the law, debt collection companies or companies supporting IT services,

5. Your personal data will be kept for a period required by law,

6. You have access to the content of your data and the right to demand its rectification. You have the right to remove data or limit its use. Further you have the right to transfer data and to raise an objection on how your data is processed. You may withdraw your legal consent for the use of your data at any time,

7. You have the right to make a complaint to the Office for Personal Data Protection if your complaint is justified and the administrator is found to be in breach of the general regulation of personal data of 27 April 2016,

8. Providing personal data is voluntary, however, the refusal to provide them may result in the refusal to provide the service.