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German Research Foundation (DFG) and Open Access

DFG Guidelines

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has implemented the idea of open access in its guidelines for the use of funds. These guidelines are part of each granting of DFG funded projects. In particular, they have the following contents (see Verwendungsrichtlinien, Merkblatt 2.02, p. 18, in German only):

  • Research results of DFG funded projects should be published on the Internet and made available free of charge (open access), if possible. For example, articles should be deposited in institutional repositories (publication server) or published in refereed or renowned open access journals.
  • In the copyright agreements with their publishers, scientists should retain non-exclusive usage rights to publish their articles electronically. If necessary, embargo periods (6-12 months) can be arranged after which the publication in an electronic repository is permitted.
  • The articles published as open access documents should acknowledge the funding of the DFG.

Open Access Publishing

The University of Regensburg could raise funds of the DFG project "Open Access Publishing" for setting up a publishing fund. Thus, scientists can get financial support for publication fees or article processing charges when publishing in open access journals. You can find more information on this at Open Access Publizieren (in German only).

DFG Guidelines and the Publication Server

The University Library of Regensburg maintains the Publication Server – an institutional repository where research results can be made available free of charge, just in line with the idea of open access. In addition, persistent availability of the documents is guaranteed. Thus, depositing research results on the publication server satisfies the DFG guidelines. A confirmation of compliance with the DFG guidelines can be received at the University Library.

Retain your own rights

In your copyright agreement with your publisher, you can retain the right to deposit your publication on the publication server parallel to the conventional closed access publication. Many publishers allow this procedure in their standard agreements. The University Library is happy to assist you with formulating an addendum to the agreement which retains your right to reuse your publication.

More information of the German Research Foundation

You can find more information on the Open Access pages of the DFG.

Contact Person

Dr. Gernot Deinzer
Open access representative
University Library of Regensburg
93042 Regensburg
Building: Physics, Room PHY 9.2.07
Tel. +49 (0)941 943-2759

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Publishing: oa@ur.de
0941 943 -4239 or -69394

Dissertations: dissertationen@ur.de
0941 943 -3904

Research data: datahub@ur.de
0941 943 -5707

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