Open Access: What You Need to Know

The term Open Access is used to describe the practice of providing free online access to scholarly literature and other materials. Publishing a scholarly document under the Open Access model grants other users the unrestricted right to read, download, save, print and link to the document and to use it free of charge. Authors can also publish documents under a Free Content license, which grants users a range of other usage rights including the right to use, copy, distribute and modify content (© Wikipedia).

The information portal

The DFG-funded information portal offers a comprehensive overview of Open Access publishing practices and detailed information on their application across a range of subject areas and disciplines.

About Open Access

Examples of Open Access platforms

Open Access and funding tracks available in Bremen

Legal framework and copyright issues

Searching for Open Access documents (OA repositories and standards)

The addition of Open Access documents held in university archives (repositories / document servers) to library catalogs is yet to become standard practice. Approximately 30 million OA media published through selected external archives are currently indexed on the SuUB Bremen search engine (in cooperation with BASE – a special database operated by Bielefeld University Library). 

  • Certified document servers for OA media at German universities (German Initiative for Network Information (DINI) certification)
  • The SuUB Bremen is a member of the Open Archives Initiative (OAI), a global initiative that brings together the operators of university document servers to enhance document searchability through the implementation of common standards (for a list of archives which subscribe to OAI standards, see here).

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