What is Open Access?
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.