What does Open Access mean?
Open Access stands for unrestricted access to scientific information on the Internet; that means that texts are available free of charge and online. They 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 Creative Commons License, the author can also determine how their work may be used by third parties.
What is the advantage of Open Access?
Public funds are spent twice: first for funding research and scientists and then for purchasing their research papers published in periodicals for all academic/scientific institutions like libraries, research institutes etc. In the Berlin declaration regarding open access to scientific knowledge, the German Research Foundation (DFG) and many scientific institutions agreed on demanding and encouraging open access publications.
How can I publish with open access?
There are two Open Access strategies to publishing: The “gold road” and the “green road”.
Publishing in Open Access Journals or with an Open Access publisher is referred to as the “gold road”.
Publishing works that have already been, or will subsequently be, published elsewhere is known as the “green road”. If you want to provide free access to works that have already been published in licensed journals, the OPUS Server of FHWS is an option.