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Press Release No. 23 | 3 May 2007
Open Access Information Platform Goes Online

DFG-funded Project Shows How to Make Works Accessible Free of Charge on the Internet

Scientists, academics and the interested public can now receive comprehensive information about opportunities for publication via open access (free access for users). The central information and communications platform www.open-access.net is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and is designed to support researchers and institutions by giving practical assistance in the concrete use of open access.

The DFG has funded the internet platform since September 2006. It provides information on publication strategies, costs, and legal aspects, as well as talking points on open access, and is also addressed to professional associations, research institutions, higher education institutions, libraries and publishers.

Participants in the project include the universities of Bielefeld, Göttingen and Constance and the Free University of Berlin, which are among the pioneers of the open access movement. The platform is supported by the Alliance of German Science Organisations and the German Initiative for Network Information (DINI). The range of topics on offer is complemented by information from the Max Planck Society and the Helmholtz Association.

The DFG advocates worldwide access, unrestricted and free of charge, to the results of publicly funded research. Unrestricted access increases the rate of dissemination of scientific findings, contributes to the visibility of the authors and enhances their reputation. The DFG calls upon all of the scientists and academics that have received funding from it, if possible, to publish their research results via open access, either parallel to publishing house publications, in subject-specific or institutional electronic archives or directly in open access journals.

Further Information

The Open Access Information Platform can be viewed on the internet at

Project Manager is

  • Dr. Norbert Lossau, Director of the State and University Library of Göttingen, E-mail: Norbert.Lossau@sub.uni-goettingen.de; Tel.: +49 (0) 551 39-5212.

The DFG contact person is

  • Dr. Johannes Fournier, Scientific Library Services and Information Systems, E-mail: Johan