Open Access means the absence of technical and legal restrictions concerning the use of scientific materials posted on the publicly accessible Internet. This assumes further use of these materials in compliance with copyright laws on permitted use or under an unlimited free licence of Creative Commons. Main Open Access development directions are open repositories and peer-reviewed Open Access journals. Recognizing the need to ensure the highest standards of science and taking care to follow good practices in carrying out and disseminating research results, the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (the Publisher) took efforts, in 2017, to prepare the academic community and the University's infrastructure for adopting a policy of openness with regard to scientific publications and research data, based on the Resolution of the Senate of 22 June 2017 on taking action to develop an open access policy regarding access to scientific publications and research results, in accordance with the recommendations of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education provided in the document titled Directions for Open Access development (2015).

These actions involved, inter alia, the development of infrastructure that supports Open Access publications, namely: * the KUL Institutional Repository ReKUL (2018) and * the KUL Platform for Journals CzasKUL (2019).

In 2019, the Rector of the Catholic University of Lublin issued the Regulation of 10 May 2019 on the introduction of the Publishing Policy of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin for 2019-2021. The Regulation recommends that academic works of KUL scholars be made available in the Open Access model with the application of the Creative Commons licence, and with the use of existing infrastructure (for journals that means the KUL Platform for Journals CzasKUL, and for monographs – the KUL Institutional Repository ReKUL). The tasks of monitoring, supporting the achievement of and maintaining high scientific position of KUL publications and disseminating the results of academic research, especially in the open access model, are carried out by the Department of the Repository and Publication Positioning at the KUL Publishing House, this being done by coordinating work related to the creation, maintenance and development of infrastructure that makes open access possible, promotion and advisory services, as well as training with regard to open access policy. The next step entails the development of a document for institutional open access policy to academic publications including research data.


The "Studia z Prawa Wyznaniowego" is indexed in Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.