Open Access

Open Access stands for free access to scholarly literature without financial, legal or technical barriers.

  • It fosters scientific exchange.
  • It increases efficiency in research and innovation.
  • It supports international and transdisciplinary cooperation.
  • Research findings are therefore more received and cited.

Science policy supports the transformation to Open Access with initiatives and guidelines such as the Recommendations of the German Science and Humanities Council (2022), the Joint Guidelines of the Federal Government and the Länder on Open Access in Germany (2023) or the “Plan S Principles”.

The ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics contributes to the promotion of Open Access in economics. This includes disciplinary offers such as the publication server EconStor and the Open Library Economics as well as the negotiation of different Open Access business models with scientific publishers.