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: 12,441
AIP Publishing LLC; Impact: 1,653
AIP Publishing LLC; Impact: 4,127
MDPI; Impact: 1,689
Beilstein-Institut zur Förderung der Chemischen Wissenschaften; Impact: 2,968
MDPI; Impact: 2,144
Springer; Impact: 2,436
Frontiers Media; Impact: 1,211
MDPI; Impact: 0,952
MDPI; Impact: 2,467
Taylor & Francis; Impact: 6,161
MDPI, Impact: 1,704
MDPI; Impact: 3,504
Nature Publishing Group; 12,353
Institute of Physics and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft; Impact: 3,579
Nature Publishing Group; Impact: 7,208
Optical Society of America; Impact: 3,356
BioMed Central; Impact: 6,105
Elsevier; Impact: 2,572
Royal Society of Chemistry; Impact: 2,936
Nature Publishing Group; Impact: 4,122
MDPI; Impact: 2,475
MDPI; Impact: 1,256
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:
time period 2019-2021
every year three articles for free
corresponding author will be automatically identified by the IFW email address, 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 2019
for free and unlimited
Authors are able to publish their articles from 2018 as Open Access articles in retrospective. For that you have to write an e-mail to the publisher until 1st June 2019: oa(at)electrochem.org.
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
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
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.
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.