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General information on Open Access

The information platform  open-access-net bundles rich information in German and English on the subject of Open Access. It provides comprehensive information on goals and usage of Open Access, along with practical guidelines for concrete implementation.

Open Access and Open Science at Göttingen University

Information on Open Access most relevant for researchers at the University of Göttingen is available at the university’s website.

Open Access in EU funding lines

The EU Office University of Göttingen supervises Open Access in the EU funding lines HORIZON 2020 and the Open Access Pilot within the 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7).

Part of it is the project OpenAIRE (Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe). It aims to ensure widest possible distribution and worldwide access to publications funded by the European Commission (EC) and European Research Council (ERC).
Authors of the University of Göttingen will find practical guidelines on the website.
OpenAIRE is funded within FP7 of the European Commission. The Open Access pilot project mandates researchers to make their publications freely accessible in full text via an institutional or subject-specific repository.

Open Access in Research

Members of Göttingen University may use the institutional publication server GoeScholar as a publication platform.
The Göttingen eResearch Alliance supports scientists at the Göttingen Campus during all stages of the research process, from research project planning up to implementation and completion.
It offers various various information, consulting and training courses  on innovative information and communication technologies. The areas of information expertise include: research data management, research infrastructures for collaborative use of digital tools and methods, visualization options for research data and publication strategies.

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Open Access Documents

  • The Bielefeld Academic Search Engine BASE is the search engine of the University Library of Bielefeld for freely accessible scientific documents whose metadata are provided by document servers worldwide. BASE provides access to around 25 million documents, e.g. university theses, preprints, journal articles, etc., currently from 1,722 document servers.
  • The Directory of Open Access Books DOAB indexes Open Access books with licences supporting free reuse.
  • Originally an open access project of the Michigan University Library and now managed by OCLC, OAIster provides access to over 23 million freely available online academic publications from more than 1,100 institutions. The individual database entries are enriched with meaningful metadata. Content is also available through WorldCat.
  • The OAPEN Library (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) lists Open Access books from various presses and research institutions, which are also indexed by Google Scholar.

Open Access Journals

  • The Directory of Open Access Journals DOAJ offers information on Open Access journals with search options for articles from all subject areas. Currently, more than 2,750 journals are registered and about one third of the journals are searchable at article level. A total of around 140,000 articles are currently registered.
  • is a German-language website offering information on launching and running Open Access journals with the open source software OJS (Open Journal Systems). The available practical guidelines are meant to facilitate and promote the publication of Open Access scientific journals.


  • The Directory of Open Access Repositories OpenDOAR lists more than 2,700 repositories that universities and research institutions use to make scientific results of their researchers publicly available. Institutional repositories are document servers run by institutions (e. g. university libraries). Disciplinary repositories are usually cross-institutional and available to researchers for publication and archiving of their work (e. g. SSOAR for the social sciences or arXiv for scientific publications in the natural sciences). Contents of OpenDOAR listed repositories is freely accessible.
  • The Registry of Research Data Repositories currently indexes about 1,500 research data repositories.

Publishers’ policies

SHERPA/RoMEO provides information on publishers’ conditions for parallel Open Access publishing of pre- and postprints on different repositories and websites. Search for specific publishers or individual journal titles is possible. SHERPA/RoMEO is supplemented by the SHERPA/JULIET database. SHERPA/JULIET indexes Open Access policies of various research funders (e. g. German Research Foundation, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft).   

Information about 'predatory publishing' or 'fake science'

'Predatory Journals' and 'Predatory Conference Organisers' are problematic phenomena of the scientific publication and communication system, that have increased with digitalization and associated market changes. The video ‘Der Betrug an der Wissenschaft (in German)’ with useful linked sources (from the MaiLab series) provides clear information about the topic and its causes.

'Predatory Journals' invite researchers with aggressive advertising via email and apparently professional appearance to publish articles in return for payment of a publication fee, while offering no or only inadequate quality assurance measures. Some of these journals disguise as established journals in the field by copying names and visual appearance of established ones, other journals list well-known scientists on their editorial boards without their knowledge or consent. What these journals have in common is that their workflows do not meet necessary scientific standards and thus discredit the results published in them, even if the results can be impeccable and have emerged with the standards of good scientific practice.

'Predatory Conference Organisers' proceed in a similar way by pretending to organise disciplinary conferences according to the usual scientific standards and to facilitate subsequent publication of the results in peer-reviewed journals. Here, too, there are unfair copies of established conferences or the naming of conference bodies that are not legitimate.  

In order to check whether the offer is eligible from a scientific point of view, we recommend the checklist Think Check Submit for journals and  Think. Check. Attend for conferences and proceedings to get a better picture of the provider. Feel free to contact us before submitting your article or conference abstract and we will support you in finding a suitable publication location.

On the pages of the Helmholtz Association you will also find a well-maintained section with frequently asked questions about Predatory Publishing.

Further information

  • In the Datenbank-Infosystem (DBIS) you will find an overview of other databases from all subject areas.
  • Electronically offered literature is only to be used for one's own scientific purposes. It may not be downloaded systematically or forwarded. Commercial use is prohibited.