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Open Access

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Open Access aims to making scientific information on the Internet free of charge and open to the public so interested parties can access, read, copy, distribute, print, search, link to and use them in any way possible. The only condition is crediting the creators correctly.

Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities (2003)

"Gold" Open Access

"Gold Open Access" means publishing in an Open Access Journal. Open Access Journals run a peer review process to insure scientific quality. Access worldwide is free of charge and public.

Open Access Journals publishers charge a fee for each article in opposite to charging for a journal subscription. The fee is usually paid by the author or their affiliated institution.

Publish in Open Access Journals!

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) provides an overview of more than 10,000 refereed Open Access Journals (February 2015).
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Even monographs are increasingly published via Open Access. The Directory of Open Access Books provides an overview of individual titles and publishers.
Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)

Here at TU Berlin the University Press as offers its service as an Open Access publisher.
TU Berlin University Press

"Green" Open Access

"Green Open Access" (also known as self-archiving) describes the parallel publication of documents after their first publication with a classic publisher. The secondary exploitation takes place either simultaneously or delayed in an institutional or disciplinary Open Access repository.

Use your right for secondary exploitation!

At TU Berlin you can self-archive by submitting publications to DepositOnce, the repository for research data and publications of TU Berlin.

The willingness of (journal) publishers allowing self-archiving of post-prints varies. For an overview of what publishers allow their authors, check the SHERPA / RoMEO directory.

The secondary exploits rights and related guidelines of publishers often lack consistence and comprehensibility. We are eager to support authors of the TU Berlin in clarifying their rights. Please contact us.

Copyright issues

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions on the subject of copyright and Open Access. For information on publishing contracts and free licenses, to quote right to use images and maps and more see
Copyright issues in Open Access

Zusatzinformationen / Extras


Dagmar Schobert
Tel.: (030) 314 - 76127
Michaela Voigt
Tel.: (030) 314 - 76130

Open Access blog

The Open Access-Blog aims to inform researchers of TU Berlin on Open Access.