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Open Access

The Ber­lin De­clar­a­tion on Open Ac­cess to Know­ledge in the Sciences and Hu­man­it­ies, pub­lished in Oc­to­ber of 2003, states: “Our mis­sion of dis­sem­in­at­ing know­ledge is only half com­plete if the in­form­a­tion is not made widely and read­ily avail­able to so­ci­ety. New possib­il­it­ies of know­ledge dis­sem­in­a­tion not only through the clas­sical form but also and in­creas­ingly through the open ac­cess paradigm via the In­ter­net have to be sup­por­ted.” WU has signed the Ber­lin De­clar­a­tion in Decem­ber 2016.

WU sees it as part of its re­spons­ib­il­ity to so­ci­ety to provide the pub­lic with un­lim­ited and long-term ac­cess to the aca­demic lit­er­at­ure and re­search res­ults. That is why WU aims at mak­ing aca­demic work pub­lished by its re­search­ers avail­able on­line fol­low­ing the prin­ciple of "Open Ac­cess". On that score WU has ad­op­ted its Open Ac­cess Policy that was ap­proved by the Rect­or­ate on Novem­ber 23rd, 2016.

Open Ac­cess pub­lish­ing is a com­plex topic, so we have com­piled an over­view for you on the fol­low­ing pages. If you have spe­cific ques­tions in your day-to-day work, the Elec­tronic Pub­lish­ing and Open Ac­cess team at the Uni­versity lib­rary will be happy to help.