Information on Open Access

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Open access (OA) means free and unrestricted online access to scientific and scholarly information. The information platform satisfies the growing need for information on open access (OA) by gathering and bundling this information and processing it for various target groups and scenarios.

All content is available both in German and in English. The language can be changed by clicking on the globe symbol in the upper right corner of the menu bar. The section on legal issues provides country-specific information for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. 

As is tailored to the needs of the platform users, we welcome your input. Please send your comments and suggestions to our contact address.
We also invite you to participate in discussions on the subject of OA via our moderated mailing list, ipoa-forum.

Content of

Here at you will find information on the core concepts and main forms of OA, for example on OA journals and repositories, on the origins of the OA movement, on OA business models and on legal issues relating to OA.
OA is a topical and forward-looking issue that attracts strong support worldwide. Arguments for OA include the increased visibility and impact of openly accessible scientific and scholarly texts, and the diverse possibilities for the re-use of research results by other scientists and scholars and the public at large. However, there are also reservations about OA.
The information platform offers users the possibility to approach OA from a thematic, discipline-specific, or role-specific perspective (for example as an author or the founder of a journal).


Help Desk

The project, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), is offering a Help Desk to answer questions on open access.