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Open Access

The Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) defines open access as follows:

"By "open access" to [...] literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited."
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)

BMBF Open Access (in German)

CERN Document Server

Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR)

DOAJ Directory of open access journals

JuSER publication portal

LeibnizOpen Publikationen aus der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft

MDPI Open Access Publishing

MPG open access

MPG.PuRe - publication repository of the Max Planck Society

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 BMJ und and the Bavarian State Library (BSB) for Open Access publishing in 28 BMJ journals:
time period 2021
Ringgold des IFW: 28394

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 2021
for free and unlimited

Cooperation agreement between EDP Sciences 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 2020
20 % discount of the APC

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 Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) for Open Access publishing in the RSC hybrid journals:
time period 2021-2023
for free
corresponding author will be automatically identified  by the IFW email address
Publishing in Gold open access journals for free
Exception: journal RSC Advances, Open Access charges: GBP 750

The DEAL-Springer Nature-Agreement contains:
permanent access to the complete Springer Nature Journal portfolio until 1997, permanent access to about 1900 Springer Nature journals
Publishing of open access articles in:
some 1900 ‚hybrid‘ subscription journals, with an online publication date beginning 1 January 2020
around 600 Gold open access journals including Scientific Reports and Nature Communications, 20 % discount of the APC of all Springer Open and BMC titles
time period 2020 until 2022
You can find more information here and in the Fact Sheet.

Consortium agreement between Taylor & Francis and the ZBW: Publishing Open Access in all journals of the publisher (Hybrid and Gold):
time period 2021
for free

Consortium agreement between TransTrech Publications and the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB):
time period 2020-2022
"Authors from participating institutions can place their articles in a freely selectable repository in the form of a publisher's PDF after a six-month embargo period or immediately after publication for a fee of 500 Euros."

The DEAL-Wiley-Agreement contains:
permanent access to the complete Wiley Online Journal portfolio (more than 1600 journals) until 1997
Publishing of open access articles in hybrid journals for all Submitting Corresponding Authors beginning from the 1 July 2019 (date of acceptance)
20 % discount of the APC in Gold open access journals
time period 2019 until 2021
You can find more information under:
DEAL-Flyer, Wiley Guide, Submission to Open Access Journals, Wiley Open Access Accounts and Author Resources.
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 which will be continued - subject to available funds - until December 2023 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 €.

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.