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Open Access

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)

DINI Deutsche Initiative fuer Netzwerkinformation e.V. 

The Berlin Declaration on Open Access

European Commission - open access in HORIZON 2020 - FAQ

BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine)

CERN Document Server

DOAJ Directory of open access journals

JUWEL Volltextserver des FZ Juelich

LeibnizOpen Publikationen aus der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft

MDPI Open Access Publishing

MPG open access

Max Planck Society  e-doc Server

PLOS Public Library of Science

QUCOSA Saxon Document and Publication Server

Sherpa Romeo

Springer and open access

Act on Copyright and Related Rights (translated)

Zweitveröffentlichungsrecht/ Artikel ZUM (in German)


Open Access Journals

Advanced Science

Wiley; Impact: 15,804

AIP Advances

AIP Publishing LLC; Impact: 1,579

APL Materials

AIP Publishing LLC; Impact: 4,296

Applied Sciences

MDPI; Impact: 2,217

Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology

Beilstein-Institut zur Förderung der Chemischen Wissenschaften; Impact: 2,269


MDPI; Impact: 2,061

EPJ Quantum Technology

Springer; Impact: 2,840

Frontiers in Materials

Frontiers Media; Impact: 2,689



International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems

MDPI; Impact: 1,223

Journal of Nanostructure in Chemistry


Journal of Sensors and Sensor Systems

Copernicus Publications

Journal of Theoretical and Applied Physics



MDPI; Impact: 2,972

Materials Research Letters

Taylor & Francis; Impact: 7,440


MDPI, Impact: 2,259

Nano Convergence

Springer Open, Impact: 3,324


MDPI; Impact: 4,034

Nature Communications

Nature Publishing Group; Impact: 11,878

New Journal of Physics

Institute of Physics and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft; Impact: 3,773

NPG Asia Materials

Nature Publishing Group; Impact: 8,052

Optics Express

Optical Society of America; Impact: 3,561

Particle and Fibre Toxicology

BioMed Central; Impact: 6,561

Physics Procedia


Progress in Natural Science: Materials International

Elsevier; Impact: 3,310

Robotics and Biomimetics

Springer Open

RSC Advances

Royal Society of Chemistry; Impact: 3,049

Scientific Reports

Nature Publishing Group; Impact: 4,011


MDPI; Impact: 3,031


MDPI; Impact: 2,143



Publication Instructions

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)
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
for free
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.