Open Access

Open access refers to a special publishing practice in which scientific literature is made available worldwide free of charge via the internet.

The aim of open access is to make scientific and scholarly literature freely accessible online without any financial, legal, or technical barriers. The open access movement is based on the idea that publicly-funded research should be publicly available. Leuphana University supports the principles of open access and adopted its ownOpen Access Policy in 2014.

The subpages provide information on the following topics.


What is open access? What are benefits of open access? How to publish open access?
The open access basics help you to get started.


In order to support researchers in open access publishing, the University Library has established an Open Access Publication Fund and has signed up specific agreements with various publishers. These agreements allow authors to publish their articles open access either at a discount or free of charge. Furthermore, open access publication fees can be paid by third-party funds.


University members can publish their research papers via the research information system Pure and the publication server OPUS.

Quality and legal aspects

How can I identify reputable journals? Which Creative Commons license should I use? May I publish my article in a repository? The sections Quality Assurance and Legal Aspects offer advice and recommendations.


Do you have any questions about open access? Please feel free to contact or contact the responsible persons directly by phone or email.



Gesa Baron
Universitätsallee 1, CB.107
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-1183

Martin Bilz
Universitätsallee 1, CB.105
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-1113

Research Service

Dipl.-Oec. Anke Zerm
Universitätsallee 1, C10.204
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-1692