Open access is the unrestricted and free access to scholarly information as well as its use and dissemination, while maintaining and correctly attributing authorship.

According to the Berlin Declaration, open access means unrestricted and free access to scholarly information as well as its use and dissemination, while maintaining and correctly attributing authorship. In contrast to publication based on the traditional subscription or licensing model, open access publications are immediately available online without financial or technical barriers. The following objectives are associated with open access:

  • Free universal access to scholarly information
  • Free and unrestricted access
  • Maximum dissemination of scholarly information
  • Best possible recognition for scholarly research
  • Fast publication and timely access
  • Optimal use of scholarly information
  • Transparency and quality assurance

The University Library is the point of contact for all members of the university in matters relating to open access. The University Library offers advice and support on the following topics:

  • Electronic publishing: Advice and service for first and second publications on the OPUS publication server
  • individual and subject-specific information and advising services relating to open access
  • Research in open access portals, open access journals, open access e-books, etc.
  • Legal questions; e.g. publishing contracts, copyright law

At the 14 December 2016 meeting, the Dean's Office of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar approved an open access policy. The University Library supports members of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in the publication of scholarly works in electronic and open access form. Electronically generated, qualified documents can be published free of charge on the OPUS publication server. An overview and key information on publishing in OPUS can also be found in our info flyer.