Open Access

"What is Open Access?

Open access means that academic literature should be available free of charge and publicly on the Internet, so that interested parties can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search in, refer to, and otherwise use the full texts in any legal way possible, without financial, legal, or technical barriers beyond those associated with Internet access itself.

The October 22, 2003 publication of the "Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities" and the annual conferences set in motion by this act initiated a process that has raised global awareness of the accessibility issues surrounding scholarly information. The year 2013 marked the tenth anniversary of the publication of the Berlin Declaration.

Further information on Open Access can be found on the DFG-funded information platform