DFG strengthens commitment to open access

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft expands its support for open access with two new funding programmes, new service offerings on its website, and involvement in initiatives

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) has implemented promising measures to advance the transition to open access. Beforehand, it revised its open access policy: researchers are now encouraged to publish their findings from DFG-funded research projects in open access.

In January 2021, the DFG started its new programme Infrastructures for Scholarly Publishing, which aims to promote the transition to open access by establishing and developing suitable publication infrastructures and (further) developing structural conditions. In autumn 2020, the DFG introduced the funding programme Open Access Publication Funding via which grants are awarded towards the publication costs for open access journal articles and monographs.

The expansion of the funding programmes is complemented by participation in initiatives that promote open access. The DFG is actively involved in the Priority Initiative “Digital Information” as well as in Science Europe and Knowledge Exchange. In late 2020, it joined ENABLE!, a community of libraries, publishers, intermediaries, retailers, authors, and research funders that aims to build a network to enable open access co-publishing in the humanities and social sciences.

The DFG has expanded these measures with a new website on open access. Among other things, it describes all new funding measures, provides background information, and outlines research policy positions adopted by the DFG.

The DFG press release quotes DFG President, Professor Dr Katja Becker: “I am very pleased that the DFG has adopted these measures to consistently extend its support for open access. The coronavirus pandemic has once again demonstrated how important it is to have open and rapid exchange of research findings to promote both advances in knowledge and social developments. The DFG therefore seeks to support researchers from all disciplines in the best way possible.”