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)
BMBF Open Access (in German)
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.
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
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 2019
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 2020
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 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 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 €.
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.