15 May 2007   |   News

German Research Foundation backs open access

Researchers can now get information about publishing via open access from a website funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

Researchers can now get comprehensive information about opportunities for publication via open access from central information and communications platform www.open-access.net funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation).

The DFG launched the platform, which is relevant to research institutions, higher education institutions, libraries and publishers also, to provide information on publication strategies, costs, and legal requirements.

Those involved in the project include the universities of Bielefeld, Göttingen and Constance and the Free University of Berlin, which are among the pioneers of the open access movement. The website is supported also by the Alliance of German Science Organisations and the German Initiative for Network Information (DINI).

The DFG believes in worldwide access, unrestricted and free of charge, to the results of publicly funded research. This increases the rate of dissemination of scientific findings, contributes to the visibility of the authors and enhances their reputation.

The foundation has called upon all researchers that have received funding from it, if possible, to publish their research results via open access, either in parallel to print journals, or directly in open access journals.

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