The Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (OVGU) strongly supports the principles of open access publishing in the sense of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Scientific Knowledge. Free and unrestricted access is an essential basis for better visibility of publications as well as for increasing the reputation of OVGU authors and thus also for the international visibility of the university.
Making publications available without financial, legal and technical hurdles directly and sustainably promotes research and innovation processes in science, economy and society.
The OVGU encourages the authors to publish quality-assured Open Access and to ensure free access to full texts via repositories. Open access publications are supported by a publication fund. In addition, infrastructure and services are provided that enable scientists to publish beyond publisher offers.
This includes both making available and managing first publications, as well as the possibility of second publication of individual articles already published in a renowned journal on our own institutional publication server. In accordance to the guidelines of the funding agencies (for example DFG, BMBF, EU), a non-exclusive right of use should be chosen when publishing in a closed access journal in order to make second releases legally secure.
The central coordinating office for Open Access at the OVGU is the University Library, which provides and develops suitable infrastructure, services and counseling services. The Open Access Policy of the OVGU is a recommendation, not an obligation. The free choice of publication options and the freedom of research remain unaffected by these guidelines.