Informationsplattform Open Access | RSS-Feedhttp://example.comLetzte Newsen-gbTYPO3 NewsWed, 11 Dec 2019 20:13:22 +0100Wed, 11 Dec 2019 20:13:22 +0100TYPO3 EXT:newsnews-933Mon, 02 Dec 2019 10:03:09 +0100Starting signal for open-access.network project to promote competencies and improve networking: The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding a Germany-wide joint project to create the new national competency and networking platform in the field of Open Access with around 2.4 million euros. The project is managed by the Communication, Information, Media Centre (KIM) of the University of Konstanz.The project creates a new information and networking service that will activate existing initiatives and network them across regions, as well as sustainably improve the exchange within science on Open Access. Information on Open Access will be made available centrally and reliably across disciplines. New, freely accessible materials, continuing education and training programmes qualify actors and multipliers in science and libraries and impart skills in practical, organisational and legal issues.

To this end, a network of project partners has come together who bring with them comprehensive and diverse expertise in the provision of information, the development of skills and the networking of Open Access and who have been very active contributors to the Open Access community for many years. The joint project is managed by the Communication, Information, Media Centre (KIM) at the University of Konstanz. Project partners are the Open Access Office Berlin at Freie Universität Berlin, the Helmholtz Open Science Office at Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam - Deutsches Geoforschungszentrum, the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) in Hannover, and the libraries of the universities of Bielefeld and Göttingen.

Information, competence transfer and networking

The three central objectives of the project are the provision of information, transfer of skills and networking of the existing community.  Over the next three years, the project partners intend to create a new platform that will provide information on key topics with many new services such as a forum, helpdesk, moderated focus groups and new databases. With the help of bar camps, thematically focused workshops, regional networks, train-the-trainer boot camps and webinars or online workshops, the Open Access community and actors from science will be networked. The new platform will build on the existing information platform and develop it further.

The BMBF is funding the project within the framework of the "Richtlinie zur Förderung einer Kompetenz- und Vernetzungsplattform im Bereich Open Access“ (Guidelines for the Promotion of a Competence and Networking Platform in the Field of Open Access) until the end of November 2022.

Project manager and contact: Dr Anja Oberländer, Communication, Information, Media Centre of the University of Konstanz, info(at)




news-931Wed, 27 Nov 2019 15:11:52 +0100New podcast series on Open Access BMBF starts with a podcast series in which "everything revolves around the publication form of the future. Podcaster and radio presenter Holger Klein and his guests get to the bottom of the subject of Open Access".

Episode 1: Let's talk openly ... on publishing in the academic world

"Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim says: Science and research is nothing private, but for society as a whole! At the start of our mini-series, the doctorate chemist and well-known YouTuber gives a personal insight into publishing in the scientific community and talks about the pressure to publish, failed experiments, high impact and the long road to publication."

Further information - also on the further episodes - can be found on the website: 

news-929Mon, 30 Sep 2019 12:16:09 +0200Federal Ministry of Education and Research launches information campaign on the subject of Open Access to Open Access, scientific findings can be made available to everyone - at any time, worldwide and free of charge. This is why the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is committed to ensuring that more scientists and scholars publish their work in Open Access. The ministry is launching an information campaign on the topic in time for the Open Access Days from 30 September to 2 October 2019. Its aim is to increase the visibility and acceptance of Open Access throughout the German science system and to reach all relevant players, from young scientists to established professors.

More information can be found at (available only in German).



news-927Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:08:35 +0200Projekt DEAL and Springer Nature agree on framework for Open Access transformation agreement DEAL and Springer Nature signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Berlin on Thursday, 22 August 2019. The Memorandum outlines the current state of negotiations and the most important points for a contract.
The memorandum provides all eligible institutions with permanent access to the current issues during the contract period for all Springer's approximately 1,900 magazines. In addition, there is a consensus on free access to the backfiles of the journals until 1997.

The special element of the Springer-DEAL agreement is the Publish & Read Fee (PAR fee) of 2,750 € per article. This fee covers both reading access to the entire portfolio of subscription journals and Open Access publication in these journals, for which an author-oriented publication fee was previously charged. The institutions will therefore pay a fee for reading and OA publishing by their members.
For publications in Springer Nature's Gold Open Access journals, the publication fee will still be due. Springer grants participating institutions a discount of 20% on the list prices with an annual price increase of a maximum of 3.5% on these fees. Springer grants a discount of 75% for the purchase of journals in print.

A final contract is to follow in the fall of 2019 and initially apply for three years from 2020.

Further information on the key points of the Memorandum of Understanding can be found on the website of Projekt DEAL.

news-925Mon, 12 Aug 2019 13:54:44 +0200State of Brandenburg presents Open Access Strategy University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and the Ministry of Science, Research and Cultural Affairs (MWFK) of the state of Brandenburg developed the strategy in a participatory process.

With its Open Access Strategy, which has just been published, the state of Brandenburg has created the basis for the promotion of open access publications in order to facilitate global and cost-free access to and the usability of publicly funded scholarly publications.

The “Open Access Strategy of the State of Brandenburg” will create prospects for the unrestricted flow of digital information – both within science and research and into all economic and social sectors. It will ensure free access to scientific contributions in publicly supported and funded scientific institutions.

Measures for more open access in Brandenburg

Under the leadership of Professor Ellen Euler (University of Applied Sciences Potsdam), the strategy was drawn up in a participatory process with a broad network and the MWFK. Numerous experts from the political, science, research, cultural, and civil society sectors were involved in the development process in order to take into account the needs of all these sectors.

The state government itself will support open access by developing a Networking and Competence Centre (Vernetzungs- und Kompetenzstelle, VuK) that will advise and accompany scientists and institutions. Moreover, a Central Open Access Publication Fund will be established, which will cover publication costs especially for monographs and edited volumes.

In addition, in order to promote the visibility of open access from Brandenburg, the MWFK plans to launch an ‘Open Access Best Practice Prize’. The success of the Open Access Strategy will be made visible by developing a monitoring system that will cover all protagonists. In this way, it is aimed to continuously increase the share of open access publications in all scientific publications from Brandenburg.

Euler, Ellen. (2019, August 8). Open-Access-Strategie des Landes Brandenburg [Open Access Strategy of the State of Brandenburg] (Version 1.0). Zenodo.

Press release issued by the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam (available only in German)