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

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 within the last years


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