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Dr. Julian Vuorimäki
Open Science | Digitalisation
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10115 Berlin
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Open Access

The Leibniz Association supports open, online, and barrier-free access to and exchange of research results. Fast and direct Open Access enhances research efficiency, promotes international and interdisciplinary cooperation, increases the visibility and citation frequency of publications, and maximises the benefits of publicly funded research.

As early as 2003, the Leibniz Association joined other large science organisations in co-signing the “Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities” and committed itself to actively supporting and promoting the idea of open access. Other important milestones in this process were the establishment of the Open Access Working Group in September of 2005, its first Guidelines on Open Access in 2007 and the current "Open Access Policy 2016-2020".

The policy is implemented through a variety of activities, in particular LeibnizOpen, the central Open Access portal of all Leibniz institutions, founded in 2011 and providing optimum visibility for Leibniz research publications across all scientific disciplines. With LeibnizOpen, the Leibniz Association wants to maximise the number of publications that are freely available online as full texts, thus making the collective research output of Leibniz institutions optimally visible, searchable, and permanently available.

The Leibniz Association promotes Open Access in the political arena, too, e.g. by joining other science organisations in the Alliance initiative “Digital Information”.

Moreover, many Leibniz institutions act as co-editors or service providers for open-access specialist publications, or operate specialist repositories that make specialist literature openly available online.

You can find a list of the open access publications of individual Leibniz institutions in the column on the right.

Or visit LeibnizOpen