Open Access


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Free access to scientific information without technical, financial or legal barriers - with Open Access.

Open Access means unrestricted and free access to scientific information on the Internet aiming at a fast and sustainable dissemination of research results.

With a Senate Resolution back in 2006, the University of Potsdam expressed its support for free access to scientific publications of its members and thus encourages all its scientists and scholars to publish open access.

The principles stated in the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities of October 2003 form an essential basis for the publication of research results in the future. On 21 December 2015,  the President of the University of Potsdam, Prof. Dr. Oliver Günther, signed the Berlin Declaration on behalf of the University of Potsdam.

In August 2019, the Open Access Strategy of the State of Brandenburg was published. This strategy aims to ensure that all publications by members of publicly funded scientific institutions be open access in the future, provided there are no legal, financial, technological or structural reasons for the contrary. A factsheetbriefly summarizes the main aspects.


The University Library offers Open Access solutions for first and secondary publications and provides comprehensive advice on financial support for Open Access publications. To finance publications in Open Access journals, the University of Potsdam provides a publication fund, among others.