free access to scientific publications
What is Open Access?
"Open Access" refers to free access to scientific publications. Users are permitted to read, download, copy, distribute, print, link, index or use the work for other legally permitted purposes. [Budapest Open Access Initiative]
By granting free licenses, authors can grant further rights of use, e.g. for reproduction and distribution. Free availability is sought for scientific books and articles as well as for research data. Open Access publications are possible by the golden route (publication in an Open Access journal) of Open Access and by the green route (authors archive their manuscripts in institutional or specialist repositories) of Open Access. In addition, there are various other implementation options such as hybrid Open Access, delayed Open Access, etc.
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What's in it for me?
Openness is a win-win situation for the public, science and your career. What are you waiting for?
Services of the University Library
Publication & Funding
- Information platform on Open Access
- Open Access Directory
- Directory of Open Access Journals
- Open Science Training Handbook
- PASTEUR4OA Briefing Paper: Open Access
- Definitions of Terms used in Open Science and Open Access
- FOSTER course Open Access publication (German)
- From Open Access to Open Science (PDF German)