Information Science

Open Access in 60 Seconds

Video about Open Access. (CC BY 3.0 DE)
Source: Brinken, H., Hauss, J. &  Rücknagel, J. (2021). Open Access in 60 seconds,

Open Access in Information Science

Information science can generally be considered to be quite a small discipline in the German-speaking area. The Hochschulverband Informationswissenschaft (Higher Education Association for Information Science, HI) lists only 19 higher education institutions (HEIs) at which the subject is taught. Most of these HEIs are universities of applied sciences. The German-language publishing landscape in information science is accordingly modest in size. Moreover, it cannot be described as having an affinity for open access. For example, neither the HI nor the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Information und Wissen (German Society for Information and Knowledge, DGI) have signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities.

Open Access Journals

Open access journals specifically for information science are still a rarity, especially in the German-speaking area. The DGI’s journal, Information – Wissenschaft & Praxis, is closed access. Internationally, the same goes for the Proceedings of the Association for Information Management (ASLIB), all publications of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (asis&t), and the Journal of Information Science

As of August 2021, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) did not list any journals under “information science”. However, there were 173 entries under the related search term “library science". Thus, relevant open access journals hail more from the library context than from the disciplinary domain of information science.

Important open access journals include:

Financing of Open Access Articles. [german] (CC BY 3.0 DE)
Source: Brinken, H. (2020). Finanzierung von Open-Access-Artikeln,

Open Access Books

As of August 2021, the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) listed 46 titles under the subject “Library & information sciences”, while OAPEN listed 47 titles under “library & information sciences”. The proceedings of the  International Symposium of Information Science (ISI), which is organised by the Higher Education Association for Information Science (HI), are published open access; the contributions can be found on the HI website.

Disciplinary Repositories

The most important repository is eprints in library & information sciences (e-Lis), which was developed by the library and information science community. However, especially in the German-language community, open access publications tend to be deposited more in institutional repositories. 

Further Reading

Content editor of this page: Ulrich Herb, Saarland University and State Library (Last updated: September 2021)