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Creative Commons Licenses

We recommend publishing open access research under a Creative Commons license (CC- BY 4.0). This way, other people can make use of your work and open access is ensured.

Creative Commons license CC BY 4.0 

Selecting Appropriate Open Access Journals

Thes Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) compiles a running list of approximately 9,400 open access journals (as of April 2017). When selecting a journal, please keep the following in mind:

Avoid publication open access articles in so-called “hybrid” open access journals. These are essentially closed access journals that release individual articles as open access for a fee. Since only parts of the journal are open access, they require payment of subscription fees while also collecting publication fees for individual articles.
This business model has been called a kind of “double dipping” because it burdens the budgets of both libraries and publishing institutions. Examples of these models include “Sponsored Article” (Elsevier), “Open Choice” (Springer), and “OnlineOpen” (Wiley).

The Right to Self-Archive

Even if you have published in an open access journal, we recommend that you exercise your right to a secondary use. Self-archive your article in DepositOnce, TU Berlin’s repository for research data and publications.

Legal Framework for Self-Archiving (Green Road)


Selecting Suitable Open Access Publishers

Books are also increasingly being published through open access presses. The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) compiles individual titles and publishers.

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)

Financing for Publications

As a TU member, you may take advantage of our publication fund for financing Gold Open Access articles or enjoy our special terms with a number of open access publishers.

Financing for Publications

ORCID ID for Your Academic Career

Register for an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID). This assigns a unique ID to your academic career, increasing your visibility among funding institutions and others. ORCID is an international standard for researchers’ academic output, comparable to ISBN for books or DOI for online publications.

ORCiD for Scientists

Zusatzinformationen / Extras


Dagmar Schobert
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