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Open Access

The Open Access movement believes in providing unrestricted access to scholarly and scientific literature in the Internet – without financial, legal or technical barriers. This means more than the fact that anyone can participate in the advancement of academic research – it is also of great use to publishing academics, who are able to reach an especially high degree of visibility and impact in the scholarly community with Open Access publications.

There are various ways to publish your articles via Open Access.

The Golden Road refers to the primary publication of scholarly and scientific articles and monographs in an Open Access journal.

The Green Road refers to storing a digital version of an article on the document server, which does not exclude publishing the article in the traditional Closed Access manner.

We are happy to provide advice and support in all manners regarding Open Access publishing. We offer specialized services to help you choose the best path for publishing your publication, whether it be Golden or Green Road Open Access publishing.

Overview of our services
For more information, see our Open Access information platform

Questions of Copyright in Open Access Publishingto top

With both Green and Golden Open Access publishing, authors may be confronted with questions regarding copyright.

When publishing in Open Access journals, licensing the work by free licenses – such as Creative Commons – is a common strategy to circumvent legal barriers regarding the use of scientific content. Authors can decide whether to allow their work to be used for commercial purposes, or whether to allow others to contribute to or change their text. Either way, authors retain copyright.

If an author chooses to re-publish a previously published text via Green Open Access, permission must be first obtained from the publishing house. We’ll be happy to help determine your publication rights.

When signing a publishing contract with a publishing company, you grant the publisher certain rights with regard to your text. Pay close attention to exactly which rights you are granting, and whether publishing via Open Access is permitted. When in doubt, you can amend the publishing agreement accordingly.

Example of a supplementary clause

"The Publisher agrees to the retention by the author of the non-exclusive right to deposit a digital copy of the document in a publicly accessible not-for-profit academic server for an unlimited period of time prior to/during/after publication by the publisher."

Alliance and National Licensing Agreementsto top

The SLUB’s participation in numerous consortia and alliance licensing agreements allows you to profit from the special terms regarding Open Access publishing.

Find out more about these special terms. Please feel free to ask us if you need personal assistance with licensing agreements.



Publishers That Support Open Access to top

In the academic world, the Open Access model has managed to establish itself as an alternative publication and business model. Open Access publishers such as BioMed Central or the Public Library of Science already have numerous professionally recognized journals in their programs, with proven high impact factors. We’ll be glad to help you choose the most appropriate journals for publishing your work.

More and more traditional publishers are permitting authors to self-archive their work on their institutional document server. The SHERPA RoMEO listings provide an overview of publishers’ self-archiving policies.

Real Life Examples

We have dealt extensively with the conditions found in various publishers’ agreements and can therefore provide the following reliable information.


WScholars from the TU Dresden who have published with IEEE are permitted to make post print versions of their publications available online via the document server Qucosa at any time. The PDF file must include the following reference:

© 20xx IEEE. Reprinted, with permission, from [author], [title], in [conference / journal], [pp.] [year /date].

This material is posted here with permission of the IEEE. Such permission of the IEEE does not in any way imply IEEE endorsement of any of the products or services of Technical University Dresden. Internal or personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution must be obtained from the IEEE by writing to pubs-permissions@ieee.org. By choosing to view this document, you agree to all provisions of the copyright laws protecting it. 

For more information regarding IEEE’s Open Access policies, see: IEEE's Open Access Policy.


Scholars from the TU Dresden are permitted to publish articles that were previously published by Springer 12 months after the first publication in the post print version on the Qucosa server. A link to the original publication must be included, along with the wording "The final publication is available at link.springer.com."

For more information regarding Springer’s Open Access policies, see: Springer's Open Access Policy.