Open Access

Open access refers to the free access to scientific results. This way, scientific publications are digital, free of charge and publicly accessible via the internet. Open access publications can generally be read, copied, distributed, printed, searched and otherwise reused without technical or legal barriers.

Our Quick Guide provides an introductory overview of open access, briefly explains the most important information and offers help on how to publish specific publications open access.

A detailed explanation of gold and green open access provides in-depth information on the two routes of achieving open access.

Open Access logo (an orange and stylized illustration of an open shackle lock)

Open Access logo

We also provide information on the funding (including our open access publication funds, third-party funding and special conditions) and on legal aspects (including licenses, publication rights and predatory publishing) of open access.

To support you in implementing open access, we recommend a number of helpful tools that can take the work off your shoulders or make publishing open access easier. We also provide further information for all those who wants to learn more about open access. Frequently asked questions are answered in our FAQ and explanations of common terms are given in the glossary.

You can contact our Open Access Team with any questions or concerns you may have and also take advantage of our support services (publication consulting as well as events and workshops).

Open access at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

The Humboldt-Universität has signed the "Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities" and thereby clearly committed itself to open access to scientific information. In 2006, the academic senate of Humboldt-Universität adopted an in-house declaration on open access. It recommends that all scientists and scholars submit their contributions to open access journals and to make previously published articles available via the Humboldt-Universität's repository (the so-called edoc-Server) as well as to publish monographs and anthologies in a freely accessible way. This is supported specifically by the university's own open access publication funds to which members of the university can apply to fund open access publications.

The University Library of Humboldt-Universität is actively involved in the implementation of the Berlin Open Access Strategy.

Furthermore, Humboldt-Universität supports the idea of open access through its cooperation and membership in several national and international committees and initiatives:

Open Access Officer of Humboldt-Universität

The Director General of the University Library, Prof. Dr. Andreas Degkwitz, is also the Open Access Officer of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Degkwitz, Director General of the University Library
Phone: +49 30 2093-99300

For all inquiries on topics related to open access (e.g. the open access publication funds, secondary publications and the repository) as well as on support services, please contact the University Library's Open Access Team.