Open Access is about making research outputs freely available online with reduced restrictions on use and re-use.

Open Access notes

• Berlin 11 Open Access inspires PhDnet to set Open Access as a goal
The PhDnet's own steering member Prateek Mahalwar about the mission of the PhDnet on Open Access matters. (Read more)

• Mission Statement at the Berlin 11 Open Access Conference of the Max Planck Society
During the conference, the Max Planck Society presented a draft and asked the participants for their comments. The mission statement will be used as a guideline for future activities of the Max Planck Society towards the goals mentioned in the "Berlin Declaration" a decade ago. (Read more)

• 10th Anniversary of the Berlin Declaration
Berlin Open Access Conference, 19-20 November 2013 in Berlin
Open Access advocates such as Peter Gruss, Neelie Kroes, Cameron Neylon and Mike Taylor will bring forth their ideas and discussion points. (Read more)

Radical open-access plan is delayed a year Science Freitag, 7. Juni 2019
Die „cOAlition S“, ein Verbund von 19 Wissenschaftsförderern, die den Plan S entworfen haben, haben vor kurzem eine modifizierte Planung veröffentlicht, unter anderem wird der Beginn der Regeln um ein Jahr nach hinten verschoben, auch die Deckelung der Publikationsgebühren (APC) wird fallen gelassen.
Links: Artikel in Science: Presse-Information zum modifizierten Plan S Reaktionen von Wissenschaftler der Royal Society of Chemistry (Diskussion vom 31. Mai)


Open Access strategies

Max Planck Society is known nationally and internationally for its strong commitment to the ideal of Open Access. In addition to advocating Open Access, Max Planck Society is building up structures to support Open Access compatible publication by its scientists. In principle there are two options available for scientist to make their publications freely available: The Golden Road and the Green Road to Open Access. Max Planck Society is supporting both ways and it does not prefer one way to the other.

The Green Road: free accessibility via the secondary publication (Self-Archiving)

Meanwhile, many publishers of traditional toll access journals have a policy in place allowing the authors of the articles published in their journals to make the pre-/postprint and in some cases even the publisher's version of the articles freely available via the website or the institutional repository of the institution with which the author is affiliated. This policy might include an embargo period. The use of this option does not involve any charges!
A first orientation on self-archiving policies by publishers is given by the SHERPA/ROMEO list.

Support for the Green Road

Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) is operating eDoc, the central institutional repository of the Max Planck Society.
Publishing articles via eDoc greatly enhances their visibility and secures their long term preservation. eDoc will gradually be replaced by PubMan, a more sophisticated solution for Publication Management. PubMan will include new features which are especially designed to make self-archiving more comfortable, e.g. the option to insert embargo periods or save author contracts in the same dataset as the corresponding articles. Availability (in its different nuances between internal only to public) of all articles in eDoc/PubMan is determined by the author only!

The Golden Road: free accessibility of the primary publication

This is achieved by either publishing an article in a genuine Open Access journal or a hybrid journal. In so-called hybrid journals only some articles are freely available whereas genuine Open Access journals have a policy to allow free access to all of their articles. Frequently, in both cases a publication fee is charged from the author.
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is giving an overview on genuine Open Access journals.

Support for the Golden Road

Since 1998 Max Planck Society publishes several genuine Open Access journals: the Living Reviews journal family which has constantly been growing over the years. For more information please refer to the Living Reviews Journal Portal. No charges are asked to publish there!
Furthermore, Max Planck Society has concluded agreements with a number of publishers/journals in order to relief the authors and their institutes of the financial and bureaucratic burden to pay individual publication fee to journals.
When publishing in a journal of the publishers listed below Max Planck scientists are asked to identify themselves as affiliated with Max Planck Society. They will then not be billed for making their article freely available. All agreements except the one with Springer limit the availability of MPDL-funding to articles which have a corresponding author affiliated to Max Planck Society.

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