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Open Access

The DFG supports open access. Important with respect to DFG funding is the stated benefit of this publishing method in the respective scientific context. The DFG does not see open access as an end in itself, but as a tool in its efforts to promote scholarly communication in a manner which is in line with the needs of research.


Welcome to our new website on open access. We are looking forward to your feedback at Link auf E-Maillis@dfg.de

Background and relevance

This section explains what we mean by open access, what different models exist, why open access is useful for research, and what you need to know about predatory journals. Interner Linkmore

DFG’s position at science policy level

This section describes that the DFG signed the Berlin Declaration and forms part of the OA2020 initiative. Furthermore, a strategy paper on information infrastructures, and the DFG’s position regarding cOAlition S and Plan S is explained. Interner Linkmore

DFG’s support for researchers

DFG’s open access policy is explained here and you can find information on how DFG supports researchers to publish in open access through general research funding. Interner Linkmore

Open access in infrastructure funding

This section describes how the DFG supports open access in the infrastructure context. For example, funding may be requested from institutions to cover open access publication costs, or open access infrastructures and services may be established. Interner Linkmore

DFG in working groups on open access

The different national and international initiatives in which the DFG supports open access are listed here such as the Alliance Initiative “Digital Information” or “Knowledge Exchange”. Interner Linkmore

Further information on open access

Here you can find a list of different directories related to open access, as well as statements, reports and articles on the subject which were created with participation from the DFG. Interner Linkmore

Who are the spokespersons at the DFG for issues relating to open access?