Open access

ICARDA is fully committed to Open Access (OA) initiatives – providing users with immediate, unrestricted, and free online access to our information products, and ensuring that any re-use of this content is also unrestricted, subject to proper attribution. OA offers several benefits: maximizing access to research; increasing visibility and recognition; enhancing scientific knowledge; and generating more impact so we can fulfill our mission of enhancing resilient livelihoods in the dry areas.


ICARDA’s OA policy and strategy reflect the CGIAR Open Access and Data Management Policy and the CGIAR Open Access and Data Management Implementation Guidelines.


ICARDA’s Publication Guidelines also support the free flow of information and contribute to the sharing and verification of the Center’s research findings. 


ICARDA Open Access platforms


Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) platform


MEL is a multi-center online platform, hosted by ICARDA, which integrates the management, monitoring and reporting of projects, including planning, budgeting, risk assessments, and knowledge sharing.The platform uses international metadata standards such as Dublin Core and comes with an integrated OA repository and a knowledge-sharing tool-set, which includes an internal discussion forum, and project-dedicated web pages.




MELSpace is an Open Access repository that safeguards intellectual property and provides full credit to the authors of knowledge, making use of international metadata standards such as Dublin Core. MELSpace is powered by DSpace, a digital service that collects, preserves, and distributes digital material. It offers an important tool for preserving organizational legacy; facilitates digital preservation and scholarly communication; and boosts the outreach of knowledge materials.




GeoAgro offers spatial solutions for integrated agro-ecosystems – helping to inform the development of sound policies that enhance food and environmental security in the dry areas.




Dataverse is an open source web application to share, preserve, cite, explore, and analyze research data. It makes data widely available and helps researchers to replicate the work of other researchers more easily.