In this section can be found:

  • Benefits of OpenAccess-Publishing
  • HZI and OpenAccess (OA)
  • Additional Informationen (Links) on OpenAccess

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We are pleased to inform that the EU program "Horizon 2020", launched 2014 to promote research and innovation makes open access mandatory for scientific publications. Furthermore the enormous importance of research data as well as publications in science and research is now incorporated. This, among other things, is why the HZI-library has supported open access for several years now. Since 2014 the library director is member of the "Open Science"-working group of the Helmholtz Association, which drives Open Science within the Helmholtz Association, continues to organize workshops and publishes a newsletter and suggests literature/ recommended reading.

Benefits of Open Access Publishing:
  • key benefit for authors: it could increase the reach of your research while the article's copyright * is retained by you - which is proven by several studies e.g. Swan see "The Rise of Open Access" - in terms of visibility and/ or higher impact
  • public interest: citizens should have access to publicly funded research (publications as well as the underlying research data e.g. via CreativeCommons), there is also the trend to engage the general public to enrich scientific research with their observations/ data ("Citizen Science")
  • Equity: a) within the institutions: departments at institutions with smaller library budgets should not be penalized, b) internationally: –high cost of journal access particularly disadvantages third world countries
  • expand the usage of modern web technologies (incl. reduced costs via eliminating "legacy" publishing requirements such as printing and subscription management)

Infograph "OA-Benefits" (PDF), Infograph-description "OA-Benefits explained" (PDF)

OpenAccess Benefits (Infograph)


* If you want to publish OpenAccess please proceed as described at Your OA Approach, e.g.

Please check if a journal is a high-quality journal and not a fraudulent journal/ hijacked journal - checklist "Clues to Quality of Journals"

If you don't publish something OpenAccess you have to adhere to the copyright when sharing it, see guide "Article sharing"


HZI and OpenAccess (OA)

BioMed Central: The Helmholtz-Centre for Infection Research is an institutional member of BioMed Central (in the list as "HZI Braunschweig"). This allows you to publish free of charge in the BioMedCentral-journals (the HZI-library pays the expenses incurred).

Frontiers: Since July 2015, the HZI is an institutional member of Frontiers. Just as with PLOS the submitting author has to choose in Frontiers' submission form " Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung (HZI) " als institutional member (in case of Frontiers this is to be find in section "Payment info", see screenshot).

PLOS: Since May 2014 the HZI has an Institutional Participants Account with PLoS/ Public Library of Science. The selection of HZI as Institutional Participant (see PLOS-guide in section “For authors”) reduces the costs. (Currently PLoS is not part of our Institutional Open Access Fund, which means that your PLoS articles are not paid from the library but from your account.)

PNAS: Also at PNAS the APCs and the OpenAccess-fee are reduced due to HZI's membership at the DKFZ-PNAS-Consortium. Authors that publish in PNAS  have the option of paying an Open Access fee to make their article immediately available to all readers. Without OpenAccess-Option there is a 6 month paywall. OpenAccess-Logo of PloS

Our Open Access Publications Fund allows you to publish your research without being charged for it (unless the publication(s) can be settled through funding) and cooperates with the following Gold OA journal publishers (*Gold OA is explained in the image below):

BioMed Central (BioMed Central Journals),SpringerOpen (SpringerOpen Journals), WileyOPEN (Wiley Open Access Journals), Copernicus (Copernicus Open Access Journals) and Frontiers (Frontiers Open Access Journals).


The HZI Open Repository, which displays all HZI members' OpenAccess-publications resp. papers that are embargoed, is operated by the HZI-library. So when you published an OpenAccess-paper that is currently not in the HZI OpenRepository, please contact us. As we maintain the repository it relieves you from much of the administrative work (registration, metadata entry, file check, upload, data management - learn more in the Policy). All you need is the final manuscript which you send to us: bibliothek(at)helmholtz-hzi.de.


Before you submit a paper, please check according to our suggested approach if the journal in which you want to publish allows a second / postprint publication at SHERPA/RoMEO. - Details on the legal aspect can be found in the FAQs about the so-called Zweitveröffentlichungsrecht / ZVR (UrhG § 38 Abs. 4) published by the focus initiative "Digitale Informationen".

* Gold OA vs. Green OA is explained in the video "OA: what's with all the colors" and in this image:


In the sub-pages you will find the following:



Additional information/ links on Open Access:

last updated: April 2017