Publishing & Open Access

Open Access is about making research outputs freely available online with reduced restrictions on use and re-use.
For questions about Open Access please contact: Juliane Deichsel

Open Access Support

Open Access Publishing also called “Gold” OA
means publishing in a genuine OA journal which ensures immediate free access to all articles at the very moment of publication. Copyright will remain with the authors while a public license (usually Creative Commons license CC-BY) is applied to the article. Many OA “Gold” journals require payment of „article processing charges“ (APCs) to replace the subscription charges which were traditionally paid by libraries. MPDL strives to cover APCs for Max Planck authors by setting up agreements with Open Access publishers.

Open Access Archiving also called “Green” OA
means that the published article or the final peer reviewed manuscript is archived (deposited) by the author or a representative in an online repository before, alongside or after its publication. Self-archiving regulations differ between publisher’s. Normally authors have to check their publishing agreement to find out whether self-archiving is allowed. Since 2014 German copyright law has allowed authors of research publications at non-university research institutes to re-publish their papers 12 months after the original publication in a manuscript format. This right cannot be rescinded by any publishing agreement.
The Library supports OA archiving by providing the institutional repository MPG.PuRe.

Projekt DEAL
The German Rectors’ Conference was tasked by the Alliance of German Science Organizations to institute Projekt DEAL to negotiate nationwide transformative “publish and read” agreements with the largest commercial publishers of scholarly journals on behalf of all German academic institutions including universities, universities of applied sciences, research institutions, state and regional libraries.

Plan S
is an initiative for Open Access publishing that was launched in September 2018. The plan is supported by cOAlition S, an international consortium of research funding and performing organisations. Plan S requires that, from 2021, scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants must be published in compliant OA journals or platforms. Video: Plan S and funding

Horizon 2020
All peer-reviewed scientific publications arising from H2020 (Article 29) funding have to be made available in open access. Find out more about the requirements.

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