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 own Open Access Policy in 2014.


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.

Leuphana's B!SON version provides you with recommendations for suitable open access as well as information on funding opportunities at Leuphana.

Self-archiving platforms

University members can publish their publications either via the institutional repository PubData (alternative publication formats), the university publication server OPUS (literature publications) or the research information system Pure. We will be happy to assist you in choosing a platform. For publications that have already been published, we can advise you on the possibility of a parallel publication.

Publication venues & quality

What makes a reputable journal? Where can qualitative open access journals be found? The page Quality Assurance presents various quality characteristics and research tools to find journals / publishers.

Legal aspects

Which rights of use are transferred to publishers and co. in the context of publishing? What are the Creative Commons licenses? The page Legal Aspects offers information 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.

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