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MU-Varna Takes Part at an International Seminar on Internet Liberalization and Intellectual Property

MU-Varna was presented at the fourth international seminar "Internet Liberalization-Challenges and Good Practices for Intellectual Property", a part of the interactive map of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). "Increasing the Visibility of Scientific Papers - Initiatives of MU-Varna in Response to the Global Trends to Open Science" was the topic of the report, presented at the seminar by representatives of the University publishing department and the library.

Lawyers, publishers, computer engineers, specialists in library management, etc. discussed various facets of digital culture and the challenges to intellectual property: copyright and related rights, the need for developing Law and modifying legal rules, which deal with objects of the global information society such as sites, databases, domains, computer programmes and applications; issues connected with publishing rights in the digital business environment; expertise reports as a major plagiarism detection method, etc.

The initiatives of MU-Varna related to the global trends towards "open science" and "open access", the process of applying ideas and above all the concrete results - namely, increasing the visibility and citations of scientific papers triggered a genuine interest amongst professors, associate professors and lecturers from the presented at the seminar universities. Eng. Zhaneta Radkova - Head of the University publishing department, Rumyana Radeva - director of the University library, and Dr. Desislava Vankova - Head of the Academic organization for clinical trials presented an interest-provoking and well-delivered presentation on the three trends to "open access", implemented at MU-Varna in the last two years, which represents a good university practice aimed at increasing the visibility of scientific publications. The platform for scientific medical journals with open access (10 online journals, 8 of which are written entirely in English -, the creation of more than 500 profiles of authors of MU-Varna in Google Scholar, and the launch of an Academic repository of scientific papers ( were also presented. Each of the already implemented ideas has been fostered by the previous ones and has developed further the achievements in the name of a common vision and purpose - increasing the visibility of scientific papers of MU-Varna as a leading academic institution.

Prof. Dr. Tanya Todorova - Head of the Library Management Department, in her comment on the Varna presentation in front of the organizers of the seminar from UNIBIT, pointed out that it was "an object lesson for the students at the seminar, which outlines the future of academic libraries and publishers."

The international seminar was held in Sofia. The discussions were attended by lecturers and professors from UNIBIT (University of Library Studies and Information Technologies), UNWE (University of National and World Economy) - Sofia, NATFA (National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts), Academy of Economics - Svishtov, South-Western University - Blagoevgrad, representatives of the National Revenue Agency (NRA) - Sofia, the State Commission on Information Security, lawyers from the Plovdiv Legal Office for Protection of Intellectual Property and others.