Open Access

Open Access means free access to information and unrestricted use of electronic resources for everyone. The findings of scientific endeavour shall not be bound to financial, technical or legal constraints.

Open Access in 60 seconds

Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB), Helene Brinken, Jonas Hauss, Jessika Rücknagel (ORCID 000-0001-8824-8390)
Citation:, License: CC BY 3.0 DE

Benefits of Open Access


Open Access perfectly meets the requirements of scientific authors. For researchers the free publication of their work means: More readers, more potential collaborators, more citations for their work, and ultimately more recognition.


Unrestricted access to current scientific studies enables people to participate in the growing body of knowledge, irrespective of their location or financial resources.


Publicly funded research is a common goods. Open Access ensures the possibility for everyone to reflect and discuss the theories and findings of the scientific enterprise, thus strengthening overall societal justice and acceptance of science and its methods in the society.

Open Access at ASH Berlin

ASH Berlin provides services and infrastructure to enable the university members to benefit from the numerous advantages of Open Access. The library operates aliceOpen, the institutional repository and participates in the transformative DEAL contract with Springer Nature. We strive to implement further services for scholars and students in the future.

Publish with aliceOpen

aliceOpen is the institutional repository of ASH Berlin. Members of the university are eligible to publish their documents and make it openly available to the scientific community and general public. Besides established formats like monographs and research papers aliceOpen welcomes grey literature with a strong practical approach. Hosted content is found by search engines and catalogues and is stored in a longterm-archive. The library staff supports you with guidance on every step of the publication process. Please don´t hesitate to get in touch with us.

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Springer Nature DEAL contract

In January 2019 as part of the DEAL project a nationwide Publish and Read contract was signed between German Rectors´Conference (HRK) and Springer Nature, one of the global leading scientific publishers. ASH Berlin participates in the contract that holds substantial advantages for members of the university:

  • Reading access to the whole journal portfolio of Springer Nature (+ 1.900 journals) back to 1997
  • Permisson to publish articles Open Access in nearly all publisher´s journals
  • 20 percent discount for articles published in Fully Open Access Journals

Research funding organisations call for Open Access

A growing number of national and international funders encourage researchers to publish their work Open Access. Some even adopted an Open Access mandate in their regulations to ensure that publications based on funded projects is free to read and share by others. Some funders joined in the coalition S in an attempt to align their Open Access policies. The platform outlines the requirements of most of the research funding organisations.

Further information

Collection of  different topics adressing the Open Access universe. The webpage offers also specific information concerning certain disciplines like educational science and gender research.

Independent database indexing Open Access journals with high scientific quality standards


Directory of peer reviewed Open Access books


Collection of terms of use of scientific publishers regarding possibilities of legal self-archiving

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