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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: 12,441

AIP Advances

AIP Publishing LLC; Impact: 1,653

APL Materials

AIP Publishing LLC; Impact: 4,127

Applied Sciences

MDPI; Impact: 1,689

Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology

Beilstein-Institut zur Förderung der Chemischen Wissenschaften; Impact: 2,968


MDPI; Impact: 2,144

EPJ Quantum Technology

Springer; Impact: 2,436

Frontiers in Materials

Frontiers Media; Impact: 1,211



International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems

MDPI; Impact: 0,952

Journal of Nanostructure in Chemistry


Journal of Sensors and Sensor Systems

Copernicus Publications

Journal of Theoretical and Applied Physics



MDPI; Impact: 2,467

Materials Research Letters

Taylor & Francis; Impact: 6,161


MDPI, Impact: 1,704

Nano Convergence

Springer Open


MDPI; Impact: 3,504

Nature Communications

Nature Publishing Group; 12,353

New Journal of Physics

Institute of Physics and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft; Impact: 3,579

NPG Asia Materials

Nature Publishing Group; Impact: 7,208

Optics Express

Optical Society of America; Impact: 3,356

Particle and Fibre Toxicology

BioMed Central; Impact: 6,105

Physics Procedia


Progress in Natural Science: Materials International

Elsevier; Impact: 2,572

Robotics and Biomimetics

Springer Open

RSC Advances

Royal Society of Chemistry; Impact: 2,936

Scientific Reports

Nature Publishing Group; Impact: 4,122


MDPI; Impact: 2,475


MDPI; Impact: 1,256



Publication Instructions

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

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 as Open Access articles in retrospective. For that you have to write an e-mail to the publisher: oa(at)

Leibniz Open Access Central Publishing Fund

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 2017-2018 which will be managed by the Technical Information Library (Technische Informationsbibliothek / TIB). The use of the funds is associated with specific funding criteria.
The Central Publication Fund will be continued until the end of march 2019 under the previous conditions.

Funding Criteria

Application Process

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.