International Open Access Week 2019

During this year's Open Access Week from 21st to 27th October participants all around the world try to answer the question "Open for Whom?".

Poster Open Access Week 2019

Open Access Events in the Joint Library of the Wissenschaftspark Albert Einstein

Our library, too, offers open access related activities during the week for scientists and interested colleagues of our research institutions.

The library's events from 21.-27.10.2019

Mo, 21.10.2019, 4 pm, Library A17, Blue Sofa

Boardgame Session: "The Publishing Trap"

Kick Off for the International Open Access Week with gaming!
"The Publishing Trap" is a board game which helps early-career researchers and the wider academic community learn about and discuss the importance of open access and copyright literacy in the context of academic publishing and scholarly communication. Set in the career perspective of four fictional academic characters, players come to see how choices they make about intellectual property are central to their academic success.

This game can be played in teams. Nevertheless, please register by e-mail.


Di, 22.10.2019, 2 pm, Library A17, Blue Sofa

Coffee Lecture "Project DEAL"

15.01.2019 the MPDL Services GmbH - on behalf of the DEAL project of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany - and the publisher Wiley signed a contract that combines licensing of Wiley's electronic ressources with a open access publishing component. What that means for participating science organisations shall be illustrated and discussed in this coffee lecture. After a short presentation you will have the opportunity to ask all you ever wanted to know about DEAL.

Presentation slides


Mi, 23.10.2019, 2 pm, Library A17, Blue Sofa

Coffee Lecture "ORCID - Open Researcher and Contributor iD"

ORCID® provides a persistent identifier – the ORCID iD – that distinguishes you from other researchers and a mechanism for displaying your research results and activities in one record. As a founding member of the German ORCID consortium, GFZ supports the use of the ORCID iD and enables you to link your GFZ profile under MyProfile with an  ORCID iD.

During this session you will learn about the ORCID iD and its implementation at the GFZ. It is possible to register for ORCID during the coffee lecture, if you are not having your own ORCID iD yet.

We are looking forward to your questions!


Do, 24.10.2019, 11 am (fully booked) and 4 pm, Library A17

Open Access Escape Game

All the research results of the Wissenschaftspark Albert Einstein that were previously freely accessible have been locked away! Can your team solve all the puzzles and open all the padlocks to free the research? But be careful: Time is running!

This escape game is completely dedicated to the topic of Open Access and is designed for 2-6 players.

Please register by e-mail for the date mentioned above (4 pm).

Topic Collection

Open inquiry is at the heart of the scientific enterprise (Royal Society)

Open Access promotes scientific exchange and innovation. Openness to articles makes reuse easier and they get, presumably, more cited.

  • Already in 2003 all German Science Organizations signed the 'Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities".

  • The German government published in summer 2014 a 'Digital Agenda', which states: “Wir werden die Rahmenbedingungen für einen ungehinderten Informationsfluss, insbesondere in der Wissenschaft, verbessern. Dazu gehört eine umfassende Open-Access-Strategie, die den effektiven und dauerhaften Zugang zu öffentlich geförderten Forschungspublikationen und -daten verbessern und Anreize ausbauen soll.”

  • For Horizon2020 the EU expects: "... to make all outputs from research funded under the EU’s own Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation framework programme openly accessible".

My article has been published in a subscription based journal and I have signed a contract which transfers all rights to the publisher (Closed Access)

  • Nevertheless your article can be made open accessible. Many publishers grant such options. In most cases it is combined with restrictions like: only a final draft version, embargos (6 month after publishing), only on an institutional repository. The publisher can change such features at any time.

  • Our publication databases are the best place for such a secondary publication. The library helps, even with legal hurdles.

  • The German  copyright law has opened the possibility of a secondary publication after an embargo of 12 month, even if the publisher keeps  an 'exclusive right'.

My article in an Open Access journal

Open Access journals are immediately after publication readable and usable for all. Authors keep their rights. In many case these journals are financed via article processing fees. Many Open Access journals are well respected in their scientific communities (already about 12 % of all articles listed in 2013 in the Science Citation Index).

Openness for licenses, what is Creative Commons (CC)?

An import feature of Open Access journals is, that authors keep their rights. Suitable it is important to set a framework for re-use of these articles. To set a license is the appropriate tool.

  • The license model Creative Commons ( in its variant CC-BY has become a standard for Open Access journals.

  • Re-use of scientific articles can be very different: circulation to a colleage, use a figure in a presentation or publication, a cummulative PhD-work, or even complex re-use in an automated search system (text- and datamining).

  • The license Creative Commons CC-BY offers a broad range of re-use options without asking, as long as the creator of the original is correctly named.

Openness for research data

Scientific basic literature on open access

Compilation of presentations from last years' Open Access Weeks


Support on all issues concerning Open Access:


More Information

More information on our website:

»Open Access - Overview
»Steps to Open Access