The OpenAIRE Guidelines for Literature Repository Managers 3.0 provide orientation for repository managers to define and implement their local data management policies according to the requirements of the OpenAIRE - Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe.

Initially, the requirements of the OpenAIRE infrastructure, and the previous versions of the OpenAIRE Guidelines, were established to support and monitor the implementation of the FP7 OA pilot. However, this version of the Guidelines, according to the expansion of the aims of the OpenAIRE project and infrastructure, has a broader scope. In fact, these guidelines are intended to guide repository manager to expose to the OpenAIRE infrastructure not only EC funded publications, but also other Open Access publications, regardless of their funding.

So, by implementing these Guidelines, repository managers will not only be enabling authors who deposit publications in their repository to fulfill the EC Open Access requirements, and eventually also the requirements of other (national or international) funders with whom OpenAIRE cooperates, but also incorporating their publications into the OpenAIRE infrastructure for discoverability and utilizing value-added services provided by the OpenAIRE portal.

According to the ongoing expansion and anticipating the merger of the DRIVER Guidelines into the context of OpenAIRE Guidelines, detailed content from the DRIVER Guidelines 2.0 was adapted and added into this version of the Guidelines. The OpenAIRE Guidelines for Literature Repository Managers 3.0 are now only a part of a set of OpenAIRE Guidelines that also includes the OpenAIRE Guidelines for Data Archive Managers and the OpenAIRE CERIF-XML profile.

What’s new

In comparison to version 3.0 of this guideline, the minor version 3.0.1 introduces the following:

In comparison with previous versions of the Guidelines, this 3.0 version introduces three main changes:

  • The OpenAIRE OAI set has been renamed from ec_fundedresources to openaire.
  • New elements for indicating alternative identifiers, relations to other publications (references), and relations to research datasets have been defined.
  • The recommendations on how to use the Dublin Core elements have been inherited from the DRIVER Guidelines.

Acknowledgements & Contributors


Experts & Reviewers

  • Jordan Biserkov (Pensoft, Bulgaria)
  • Natasa Bulatovic (Max Planck Digital Library, Germany)
  • Paolo Manghi (CNR, Italy)
  • Natalia Manola (University of Athens, Greece)
  • Najla Rettberg (University of Goettingen, Germany)
  • Birgit Schmidt (University of Goettingen,Germany)
  • Peter Stanchev (Kettering University, USA)


  • 3.0.1, March 2022
  • 3.0, April 2013 doi:10.5281/zenodo.1487968
  • 3.0, beta December 2012
    • The OpenAIRE OAI set has been renamed from ec_fundedresources to openaire.
    • New relation elements for indicating external identifiers, references and connections to datasets.
  • 2.0, October 2012 doi:10.5281/zenodo.59208
    • Compatibility for aggregators; extended Namespace for Project Identification
  • 1.1, November 2010 doi:10.5281/zenodo.59206
    • Correction of names and references; addition of license and version statement
  • 1.0, July 2010 doi:10.5281/zenodo.59204
    • Initial document