Screenshot, Jan 2013

What is Open Access?

By BrunoDelzant (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

What is Open Access?

... ... unrestricted access to scientific literature!

By BrunoDelzant (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

The DEAL project

In a joint effort, basically all German universities take a stand to achieve

  • a global contract for access to all scientific literature
  • and default open access publishing of all scientific output
  • at a reasonable, sustainable and transparent pricing scheme

from the major publishers Springer, Wiley and Elsevier.

What was planned...

planned timeline


What really happened...

What really happened...

as of today:

Open Access and me...

attribution: ninocare at pixabay

What if you hit a paywall?

  • Ask a search engine
  • ask a colleague or the public
  • ask the author
  • ask your librarian

Ask a search engine...

Google Scholar screenshot

Ask a colleague or the public...

Ask the author ...

... via a good old email

Email request screenshot

... or your librarian ...

What can I do about Open Access...

attribution: By Aaron Pruzaniec (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

How to help Open Access

Just do what would help you:

  • Put a preprint of your publications
    • on your institutional preprint server
    • or on Arxiv
  • Put a postprint of your publication
    • on your personal homepage
    • on your library's homepage
    • ... provided your are allowed to do so
    • ... ... (but typically you are)

How to push for Open Access...

... a bit:

  • If in doubt, choose the journal with a liberal open access policy as your outlet -- check on Sherpa/RoMEO
  • If you are asked for a review, ask back for Open Access -- e.g. with this template

Thank you!