What is Open Access?
Open access means that scientific publications and data are accessible online free of charge for any interested user. It is possible for anyone to read, download, copy, distribute, print, refer to and search in open access media or use it legally in any other form. There are no financial, legal or technical barriers except for internet access. In any case of reprinting and distribution, the only limitations are that the original authors are acknowledged as such, still keep control over their works and are cited properly.
You can find the IFW open access policy here.
Further information regarding Open Access can be found here.
Professional relevant Open Access journals are listed here.
Further links about Open Access:
Open Access by the DFG (German Research Foundation)
Act on Copyright and Related Rights (translated)
Zweitveröffentlichungsrecht/ Artikel ZUM (in German)
Wiley; Impact: 15,804
AIP Publishing LLC; Impact: 1,579
AIP Publishing LLC; Impact: 4,296
MDPI; Impact: 2,217
Beilstein-Institut zur Förderung der Chemischen Wissenschaften; Impact: 2,269
MDPI; Impact: 2,061
Springer; Impact: 2,840
Frontiers Media; Impact: 2,689
MDPI; Impact: 1,223
MDPI; Impact: 2,972
Taylor & Francis; Impact: 7,440
MDPI, Impact: 2,259
Springer Open, Impact: 3,324
MDPI; Impact: 4,034
Nature Publishing Group; Impact: 11,878
Institute of Physics and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft; Impact: 3,773
Nature Publishing Group; Impact: 8,052
Optical Society of America; Impact: 3,561
BioMed Central; Impact: 6,561
Elsevier; Impact: 3,310
Royal Society of Chemistry; Impact: 3,049
Nature Publishing Group; Impact: 4,011
MDPI; Impact: 3,031
MDPI; Impact: 2,143
Consortium agreement between AAAS and the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) for Open Access publishing in the e-journal “Science Advances“:
time period 2020-2022
15 % discount of the APC
You can find more information here.
Consortium agreement between IOP Publishing (IOP) and the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) for Open Access publishing in the majority of IOP‘s hybrid journals (Publishing Support; Open Physics):
time period 2019-2021
every year three articles for free
corresponding author will be automatically identified by the IFW affiliation, three steps
Read and Publish agreement between Cambridge University Press (CUP) and the Bavarian State Library (BSB) for unlimited Open Access publication in hybrid journals in the STM collection for free.
time period 2019-2021
identification not automatically, the IFW author enters the IFW at the end of the process, then the APC payments will be waived for affiliated authors
Consortium agreement between ECS (The Electrochemical Society) and the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) for Open Access publishing named ECS Plus:
time period 2020
for free and unlimited
Authors are able to publish their articles from 2019 as Open Access articles in retrospective. For that you have to write an e-mail to the publisher until 1st June 2020: oa(at)electrochem.org.
You can find more information here (in German).
Agreement between EDP Sciencs and the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) for Open Access publishing in all Open Access journals of this publisher for scientists of German university and non-university research institutions:
time period 2019
20 % discount of the APC
Read and Publish agreement between Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) for Open Access publishing in the IOP‘s hybrid journals and the gold Open Access journals:
time period 2020
corresponding author will be automatically identified by the IFW email address
Exception: journal RSC Advances, Open Access charges: GBP 750
The Wiley-DEAL contract contains:
permanent access to the complete Wiley Online Journal portfolio until 1997
Publishing of open access articles in hybrid journals for all Submitting Corresponding Authors beginning from the 1st July 2019 (date of acceptance)
20 % discount of the APCs in Gold open access journals
time period 2019 until 2021
You can find more information here. In addition, the publisher offers Open Access Events.
Leibniz Open Access Central Publishing Fund (2019-2020)
To support the principle of open access, from the strategic funding resources of the Presiding Committee, the Leibniz Association has established a Central Publication Fund for the years 2019-2020 which will be continued and will be managed by the Technical Information Library (Technische Informationsbibliothek / TIB). The use of the funds is associated with specific funding criteria. The maximum netto amount of a publication is 1680,67 €.
You can submit your application via this online form.
The team at the TIB considers all applications according to the funding criteria and in the order of their receipt.