Informationsplattform Open Access | RSS-Feedhttp://example.comLetzte Newsen-gbTYPO3 NewsFri, 26 Apr 2019 07:04:18 +0200Fri, 26 Apr 2019 07:04:18 +0200TYPO3 EXT:newsnews-813Tue, 09 Apr 2019 13:33:49 +0200Call for applications under the Open Science Fellows Program issued the Open Science Fellows Program, Wikimedia Deutschland, the Stifterverband, and the Volkswagen Foundation aim to support researchers who wish to provide open access to their research. The program offers researchers the following opportunities:

  • Training and expertise in Open Knowledge and Open Science
  • Mentoring via a network of experienced experts in the area of Open Science
  • Impetus for their own research and networking with members of the Open Science community
  • Financial support for the implementation of projects

Applications may be submitted by doctoral students, post-docs, junior professors, and academic staff who are working at (state-funded or recognized) scientific institutions in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland. The closing date for applications is 6 May 2019.

Further information can be found here.

news-811Wed, 23 Jan 2019 13:26:01 +0100Leibniz Association offers first open access publishing fund for books Leibniz Association has become the first non-university research organisation in Germany to support the open access publication of scientific books with a publishing fund. Funded books will thus be electronically available free of charge to researchers and the public at large at the time of publication (the gold road to open access).
For a period of two years from the beginning of 2019, the open access publication of scientific monographs, edited volumes, and contributions to edited volumes will be financially supported. With the launch of the new fund, the Leibniz Association has closed a funding gap.
The publishing fund is addressed to all 95 Leibniz institutes and research museums. Funding will be provided within the framework of a collaborative pilot project on the part of seven Leibniz institutions under the lead of the Leibniz Institute for the German Language in Mannheim.
Further information (e.g., funding criteria) (available only in German)

news-807Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:48:41 +0100First agreement: Projekt DEAL and Wiley conclude a three-year partnership agreement lengthy negotiations, the international academic publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and Projekt DEAL have reached an agreement. Under an annual fee, the three-year partnership agreement will provide all researchers at DEAL institutions with access to Wiley's scholarly journals back to the year 1997 and will enable them to publish articles open access in Wiley's journals.

Moreover, as part of the partnership, Wiley and Projekt DEAL will jointly launch three new initiatives:

  1. A "flagship open access journal" that will publish outstanding scholarship from the global research community. The interdisciplinary journal will also serve as a unique forum for the development of new open access publishing models.
  2. An open science and author services development group that will formulate innovative new publishing concepts.
  3. An annual symposium for early-career German researchers that will generate cutting-edge ideas on the future of research communications.

About Projekt DEAL

Projekt DEAL was set up by the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany, which represents the vast majority of the leading science and research organisations in Germany. The consortium comprises almost 700 mostly publicly funded academic institutions in Germany, such as universities, universities of applied sciences, research institutions, and state and regional libraries. Within the framework of the project, national licensing agreements will be implemented for the entire portfolio of electronic journals of large academic publishers. Further information can be found at

German Rectors' Conference press release on the agreement with Wiley (in German)

news-806Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:43:36 +0100Editors of the Journal of Informetrics leave Elsevier and found a new open access journal members of the editorial board of the renowned Elsevier-owned Journal of Informetrics have collectively resigned and have launched an open access journal of scientometrics, Quantitative Science Studies (QSS).

QSS is owned by the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI) and will be published by MIT Press. The switch was enabled by consortial funding by the Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) Hanover with the support of the Communication, Information, Media Centre (KIM) of the University of Konstanz.

More background information in the TIB blog (in German)

ISSI press release

news-805Thu, 10 Jan 2019 11:03:22 +0100Survey reveals that authors' interest in OA is growing while publishers remain hesitant preprint of the report on the results of a survey conducted by Graz University Library is now available.

In May and June 2018, Graz University Library's Open Access Office surveyed representatives of a total of 82 scholarly publishers in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland about their assessments of, and experiences with, open access and about their open access offerings.

The results of the survey reveal that open access is becoming more important for these publishers and their authors. The majority (90 percent) of the respondents who answered the question asking whether demand for open access on the part of their authors had increased in recent years (n = 39) reported either a slow or a considerable increase. Moreover, 33 percent of respondents expected that open access would become the norm in scholarly publishing in the future; a further 60 percent saw it as a supplement to existing publishing offerings.

Despite this assessment, the majority of publishers have been slow to develop open access offerings. The reasons for this are manifold. Most publishers expect sales to decline if the works they publish are freely available; as disadvantages of open access, respondents cited legal uncertainties, unclear business models, and pressure exerted by policymakers and research funders. However, a considerable percentage of respondents had obviously not dealt intensively with the topic of open access - only 67 percent reported that they were also familiar with the contents of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access, and 43 percent were unclear about the requirements that open access publications should fulfil.

The respondents pointed to unresolved issues with regard to the financing of open access, and to a lack of recognition for publishing services. On the other hand, however, they expressed the wish for more standardization, information, and administrative simplification and a desire for increased cooperation with universities, libraries, and research funders.

Overall, however, the surveyed publishers were more open than expected towards the topic of open access - with good reason: Announcements by funding organisations that publications resulting from the research that they fund must be published in open access journals or on open access platforms are becoming more concrete (see also Science Europe's "Plan S").


Kaier, C., & Lackner, K. (2018). Open Access aus der Sicht von Verlagen [Open Access from the Publishers' Point of View] BIBLIOTHEK - Forschung und Praxis preprint. DOI: 10.18452/19635