The University of Konstanz’s open access policy

Open access (OA) calls for providing free and unrestricted online access to scientific and scholarly information. The administration of the University of Konstanz supports open access publishing and encourages its researchers to also publish their scholarly works as open access publications. This policy is in line with the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities (German version).

Resolution of the University of Konstanz’s Senate and Rectorate from 22 February 2012:

“Publications from the University of Konstanz should be made freely available to the public as promoted in the concept of "open access" as long as it is not prohibited in agreements with publishers or other third parties. The university requests that its researchers upload their previously published publications to the University of Konstanz’s online (open access) publication system (KOPS) and supports the publication of research findings in open access journals.

The University of Konstanz strongly encourages all university members to negotiate non-exclusive usage rights with their publishers in order to provide free, open access to their research results via electronic publications and/or archives. Publishing contract negotiations should adhere to the guidelines of the DFG (German Research Foundation) and other funding institutions."

Press release (German only): Barrier-free information as the Konstanz guiding principle. Open access is the University of Konstanz’s guiding principle for scholarly publishing.