Open Access means that scientific literature is made available free of charge on the internet, while the author's copyrights are protected. Open Access therefore allows the reading and downloading of entire texts and the printing of a private copy. Readers will have no financial, legal, or technical barriers to overcome; internet access is all that is needed. The authors retain their rights to their research work, while the public can freely utilise the publications. Numerous publishing houses allow their authors the use of Open Access, or have their own Open Access strategies. Open Access publications achieve far more visibility and are more likely to be quoted than traditional publications. The German Rectors' Conference, the Wissenschaftsrat, the Standing Conference, the German Research Foundation and the European Commission support this type of publications with increasing emphasis. Comprehensive information on the topic of Open Access can be found on the information platform open-access.net.
Göttingen University has declared the following in its Open Access Resolution (PDF, 248 KB) in the winter of 2005/2006: „ ... the Presidium regards Open Access as a central publication strategy for the future, which will improve the supply of information in science in the long term". It aligns its Open Access strategies with those of the Max-Planck Institute and other forward-looking universities. Göttingen State and University Library is a central partner in this endeavour, and responsible for the implementation, coordination, and continuation of the strategy within the university. Published data from Göttingen scientists, entered into the research database FACTScience, for example, can also be used on the document server GoeScholar. Göttingen State and University Library also participates in national and international projects, such as the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) and OpenAIRE.
The EU Office at Göttingen University offers detailed information about the European Union Open Access Pilot on its internet pages.
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