Open Access Award

The Open Access Award of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin honours outstanding or exceptional achievements by members of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in the area of open access, the free access to research results. The award is intended to encourage more open access at the university and to make it more visible. The prize enables the funding of further plans and projects on open access.

Announcement and awarding

The Open Access Award of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is awarded annually by the Open Access Officer of Humboldt-Universität. In 2020, the announcement took place during the Open Access Week (19 to 25 October) for the first time and it will be awarded at the beginning of 2021. From 2021 onwards, the announcement will be issued in the second quarter of each year and the award ceremony will take place the following October during the annual Open Access Week.

In general, one prize will be awarded. However, the awarding committee reserves the right to split the prize and the prize money into two individual prizes if there are two applications with likewise outstanding and equally prize-worthy achievements that are either completely different in nature or should be distinguished due to the clearly different scientific status of the potential prize-winners in the interest of fairness.

Prize money

The total prize money is € 5,000. It enables the award winner(s) to finance future open access publications or to realise projects that promote the free availability of scientific results or strengthen the open access principle in teaching and research. The funds are administered by the university library and can only be used for non-personnel costs.

Award criteria

The award may be granted to individuals as well as to groups of members of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Individuals are only eligible if they are members of Humboldt-Universität. In the case of groups, at least half of the group must be members of Humboldt-Universität.

The requirement criteria for the award are:

  • a special commitment or engagement for open access publishing or in making publications freely accessible (includes both genuine and initial open access text publications, so-called gold open access, and free access to already published but initially not freely accessible text publications, so-called green open access; includes journal articles as well as monographs and edited volumes, and other types of text publications);
  • or, the successful carrying-out of a project or the creation of a product with the aim of implementing and strengthening open access (e. g. founding a genuine open access journal, transformation of a closed-access journal into an open access journal, creating a web resource or a service, developing software or helpful tools);
  • or, a special commitment to communicating and transferring open access and its principles to the public, the scientific community or the wider community of a field/discipline.

Application

Currently, it is not possible to apply. It will be possible to apply again after the 2021 prize has been announced.

Contact

Please contact us if you have any questions:

Open Access Team of the University Library
E-mail: openaccess@ub.hu-berlin.de (preferred)
Phone: +49 30 2093-99292
Contact person: Marc Lange