The University of Konstanz’s open access policy

The concept of “open access” at the University of Konstanz means providing free and unrestricted online access to scientific and scholarly information. The university administration supports open access publishing and has already been encouraging University of Konstanz researchers for several years to continue 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 in the sense of “open access”, as long as this is not prevented by 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 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. This is in accordance with the guidelines of the DFG (German Research Foundation) and other funding institutions.

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