Open Access refers to the unlimited, free access to quality-assured research on the internet. Through the elimination of technical, financial and legal barriers, Open Access contributes to accelerating processes of scientific and academic innovation as well as improving the visibility of research findings. It thereby supports scholars in their research and publishing, maximising the benefits of publically funded research. As a member of the Leibniz Association, the Georg Eckert Institute is a strong advocate of Open Access. It adheres to the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities and the Guidelines on Open Access within the Leibniz Association.
Recommendations and Obligations
The Georg Eckert Institute recommends that its researchers publish their findings according to the Open Access principle. Its own series appear as Open Access media through their simultaneous online publication via internal and connecting document servers (repositories).
When negotiating contracts with publishers, researchers at the Georg Eckert Institute are encouraged – if possible – to avoid handing over exclusive usage rights to the publisher and instead retain the long-term copyright to their publications, providing the Georg Eckert Institute with simple usage rights for the institutional repository and/or another academic repository. This is the only way to ensure free access in addition to any commercial use by the publisher. Furthermore, the Georg Eckert Institute recommends that when writing project-based grant applications, its researchers should apply for funding to cover the costs of Open Access publication.
For the Georg Eckert Institute, research data are just as valuable as research results. The Institute is currently drafting a separate policy on practices concerning research data and their accessibility.
The Georg Eckert Institute fosters Open Access in the following ways:
- Maintaining the document server edu.docs
- Identifying publications by GEI researchers for which the rights to free access exist (e.g., through integrated communication with project management); delivering these publications to the academic document server edu.docs; releasing them as Open Access publications
- Registering its researchers’ Open Access publications on LeibnizOpen
- Pursuing funding possibilities to cover its researchers’ fees arising from publishing in the form of Open Access media, for example through a publication fund
- Informing and advising its researchers on the topic of Open Access and supporting them in addressing questions related to Open Access publication of their research results. To this end, the Georg Eckert Institute is creating the position of an Open Access advisor
Last modified: 29 August 2016