International Open Access Week 2018

During the week 22nd to 28th October we take part in the worldwide Open Access Week for "designing equitable foundations for open knowledge".

Open access events in the Library of the Wissenschaftspark Albert Einstein

The library will offer events for scientists and staff of the Telegrafenberg's research institutes:

Mon, 22.10.2018, 4 - 6 pm, Library, Blue Sofa

Board Game Session: "The Publishing Trap"

Kick Off to the International Open Access Week with a game session!
"The Publishing Trap" is a board game which helps early-career researchers and the wider academic community to 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.

Please contact Paul Schultze-Motel to register for the game as the number of players is limited.


Tue, 23.10.2018, 4 - 5 pm, Library, Blue Sofa

Film Screening with Wine and Cheese: "Paywall - The Business of Scholarship"

This documentary occupies itself with the necessity of free access to scientific results and scrutinises the financial models of profit-oriented academic publishers.

The film has been published open access with a CC-BY 4.0-License and can be watched and downloaded here:


Thu, 25.10.2018, 11.30 am, Library, Blue Sofa

Coffee Lecture: "DEAL - What is it about and what are the perspectives"

The project DEAL targets on the nationwide licensing of the whole portfolio of eJournals from the big academic publishers. At our Coffee Lecture you can learn more about the project, its present state of negotiations and its future perspectives.


Fri, 26.10.2018, 11.30 am, Library, Blue Sofa

Open Question Time: "Open Access - Your questions, our answers"

You've got questions about Open Access, CC copyright licenses or similar? Come to our open Question and Answer Session. We are happy to help!
And maybe you get answers to questions you didn't think of yourself.

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

Open Access Week 2018


Support on all issues concerning Open Access:


More Information

More information on our website:

»Open Access - Overview
»Steps to Open Access