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Open Access, as the name suggests, means free access to scientific information. This primarily includes publications in the form of scientific articles, but research data or even books can also be published as Open Access. The objects are accessible free of charge via the internet and can be read, downloaded, copied, distributed and printed without financial, legal or technical restrictions Copyright, however, remains at all times with the author. Publishing under a Creative Commons License, the author can also determine how their work may be used by third parties.

The FHWS supports free access to scientific information and recommends that its members publish according to the principles of Open Access. This was laid down in the FHWS Open Access Policy (in German).
FHWS was also the first university of applied sciences in Bavaria to sign the Berlin Declaration.

On the one hand, there is the advantage of fast, simple and free availability for the subsequent users, but there are also advantages for the authors: Above all, there is the increased visibility and citation frequency. The logic behind this is simple – a publication is available to a larger circle of interested parties and is therefore better perceived.


A list of other advantages of Open Access can be found here.

Basically, there are two types, or rather colours, of Open Access: Gold Open Access and Green Open Access.

Gold Open Access refers to a publication in an Open Access journal, i.e. a journal that publishes its contents free of charge. In order for these journals to be able to guarantee a high standard of content (e.g. through a peer review process), in most cases a so-called publication fee must be paid when an article is published. Supposedly, these fees are to be paid by the authors, but the FHWS library is here to help out financially through its publication fund.


In the case of Green Open Access, documents that have already been published might be published as a second or parallel publication in a repository – in the case of the FHWS, this is the document server OPUS. It is important that the authors have the right to do this; often "conventional" publishers have exclusive usage contracts that exclude this option.

If you would like to publish Open Access, it is best to take advantage of our publication consultancy. We will find a way, whether gold or green! Just drop us a message.

In theory, yes, but you have to bear in mind that there are not only well-intentioned publishers in the world. On the one hand, there are publishers who publish hijacked journals - fake journals that imitate well-known journals in order to be read (a list can be found here). The even bigger problem, however, are predatory journals. They do not imitate other journals, but they are "fake" nonetheless: they demand publication fees, as usual, but do not use them for the journal, and rather keep the money for other purposes. They also like to offer scientists positions as editors or invite them to fake conferences. This is not only detrimental to science, but also to the sponsors and, last but not least, to the reputation of the scientists (a list of predatory journals can be found here). When in doubt, ask us!

All full-time professors and research assistants at the FHWS are eligible for funding.
The maximum funding amount is the DEAL fee of 2750 euros. Gold Open Access is funded up to the maximum amount, Green Open Access up to a maximum of 50%. For funding, you must contact the library in advance, and it is also recommended that you attend the publication consultancy.
Financial co-funding is obligatory for projects with granted funding.

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Open Access Policy (in German)