Helmholtz Association supports COPE

To facilitate straightforward funding of scientific publications in open-access journals, the Helmholtz Association, Germany's largest scientific research organisation, is now supporting the Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity (COPE).

The research centres of the Helmholtz Association have declared their support of COPE and their willingness to establish sustainable mechanisms for the payment of reasonable open-access publishing fees. It is of primary concern to the Helmholtz Association that publishing in open-access journals will be as easy for its scientists as in journals with conventional financing.

The international initiative COPE has been started by Harvard University, the MIT and other leading US universities to advance open-access publishing. In October 2011, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has been the first research institution in Germany to sign COPE.

For further information see the press release.