Open Access at the University of Duisburg-Essen

Open Access Declaration of the University of Duisburg-Essen

The term Open Access means cost-free, unrestricted access to scientific publications and other scientific materials for all internet users.

The University of Duisburg-Essen’s Rector’s Office has decided to give its full support to Open Access activities at the university.

  • The University of Duisburg-Essen supports the demand for open access to scientific publications in the spirit of the “Berlin Declaration” of 2003.
  • The University of Duisburg-Essen strongly recommends that its researchers publish in Open Access journals. The university offers financial and organisational support to this end.
  • In addition, researchers at the University of Duisburg-Essen are strongly encouraged to make their publications openly accessible, within the framework of copyright possibilities and author contracts with publishers, via the University of Duisburg’s documents and publications server (DuEPublico http://duepublico.uni-duisburg-essen.de/?lang=en).
  • The University of Duisburg-Essen encourages its researchers, in doing so, not to transfer exploitation rights for their publications.
  • The University of Duisburg-Essen supports the principle that Open Access publications are given appropriate consideration and accorded equal status with traditional publications when judging research achievements.

Duisburg-Essen in October 2012.

The University of Duisburg-Essen’s Open Access
Publication Fund

The University of Duisburg-Essen strongly recommends that its researchers publish in Open Access journals and supports this financially via its Open Access Publication Fund.

Information about Open Access

Raw and primary data which is relevant to research and on which scientific publications are based, often can’t be communicated or only insufficiently communicated in traditional media. High license fees for electronic publications often make scientific exchange more difficult.

In contrast, electronic publications that can be accessed without cost on the internet (Open Access publications) face no such restrictions and can impart raw and primary data. Admittedly the importance attributed to electronic publication varies among the disciplines, in some areas it remains controversial, and development is ongoing. Nevertheless, current experience shows that Open Access publications are more frequently cited than traditional ones and attract great attention from the scientific public. With this centralised resource, the foundation is laid for further innovative research.

For this reason the German Research Foundation signed the “Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in Science and the Humanities” in October 2003 and in so doing committed itself to supporting the progress of science via the demand for easily accessible and freely available electronic publications, as well as facilitating research that draws upon the documentation of the broader cultural inheritance.

In January 2006 the Joint Committee of the German Research Foundation passed its guidelines for Open Access publishing. In accordance with this, the foundation’s project participants should, if possible, (also) publish their research results digitally and make them available free of charge to internet users. Furthermore, publication in appropriate Open Access journals, or subsequent publication of already published articles in Open Access repositories, is recommended.

In March 2009 the Alliance of German Science Organisations reacted to criticism of the Open Access model and rejected as unacceptable the suggestion that they wanted to curtail freedom of publication in an unlawful way. Contrary to such a claim, the alliance’s “Digital Information” initiative aims to equip researchers with the best possible information infrastructure.