In addition to important databases and tools, you can find further sources of information on the topic of open access on this page.

Information on open access

The Open Access Monitor compiles data from various sources and can be used for publication, citation and cost analyses.

The OpenAPC initiative collects information on the fees paid by universities and research institutions for transformative agreements and the publication of open access journal articles and books.

Searching for open access repositories and publications

CORE is the world's largest aggregator of open access research articles from repositories and journals.

In addition, CORE Discovery is a browser extension that provides researchers with one-click access to open access versions of research publications when they encounter a paywall.

The Open Access Button is an extension for common web browsers. If the article you are looking for is behind a paywall, the Open Access Button searches for a freely accessible, legally usable version of the full text. If an article is not available in a freely accessible version, the authors can be asked to share it via a repository.

The Open Access Helper is an extension for common web browsers that helps you to get direct and legal access to research articles.

OpenDOAR (Directory of Open Access Repositories) is a global directory that allows you to search for suitable open access repositories for your publication (including research data).

With the browser extension Unpaywall you can easily and legally access free open access articles.

Publishing in open access

B!SON (Bibliometric and Semantic Open Access Recommender Network) is a recommendation service for high-quality open access journals that uses bibliometric and semantic methods to help you find the right journal for your publications.

The Clarivate Links Open Access Journal Title List contains open access journals with a Journal Impact Factor (JIF). The JIF itself can be consulted via the Journal Citation Report (JCR). This is a fee-based service licensed by the University of Freiburg.

The DOAB (Directory of Open Access Books) lists high-quality academic open access books. The DOAB can also be used to find trustworthy open access book publishers.

The DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) is a directory of dedicated open access journals (gold open access) and articles published there. The journals listed in the DOAJ must have a quality control process accepted in the respective disciplines and are eligible for funding by the university's publication fund.

On Free Your Science, researchers can check whether they can make previously published articles available in green open access in accordance with publishers' self-archiving policies.

OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) is a repository for open access books that provides infrastructure services for hosting, quality control, dissemination and digital preservation for publishers, libraries and research funding organizations.

The OAPEN Open Access Books Toolkit covers a wide range of topics related to open access books. Thematically sorted sections provide an overview in brief introductions.

The oa.finder is a search tool for academic publication outlets. It aggregates a wide range of information on dedicated open access journals: on journal-based metrics, on the duration and steps of the submission and review process and on the open content licenses offered. The oa.finder also identifies journal-specific funding opportunities for publication costs at your institution.

The Open Access Journals Toolkit provides information on established standards for the publication of open access journals for publishers, editorial board members and editors.

Sherpa Romeo is a directory in which the open access guidelines of publishers are aggregated. The platform can mainly be used to check secondary publication options.

TOP Factor (Transparency and Openness Promotion) evaluates academic journals regarding data transparency and openness criteria.

The Transpose (Transparency in Scholarly Publishing for Open Scholarship Evolution) initiative collects journal policies on the topics of open peer review, co-reviewing and preprints in its database.

Predatory Publishing

The Think. Check. Submit. initiative provides a catalog of criteria to identify potential predatory journals.

Initiatives for safeguarding good publishing practice

COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) aims to establish good practices and ethical standards in the field of academic publishing. The initiative addresses publishers and other parties involved in publications with guidelines and training.

OASPA (Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association) represents an international community of organizations committed to open science. The initiative is actively engaging in the promotion of open access.

Research funding and open access

The Journal Checker Tool provides recommendations on how to implement the open access guidelines of your research funding organization when publishing your results if they are involved in cOAlition S.

Sherpa Juliet provides information on the requirements of research funding organizations with regard to open access publishing and the publication of research data.

Legal aspects

The AuROA ("Autor:innen und Rechtssicherheit für Open Access", authors and legal compliance for open access) contract generator can be used to create modular, standardized and legally compliant contracts for open access books (in German). As an author, you will be guided through the contract creation process by a series of questions.

The CC Chooser (Creative Commons License Chooser) helps you to find the right Creative Commons licence for your book or article.

The Scholar's Copyright Addendum Engine generates open access-compliant addenda to traditional publishing contracts based on your publication information.

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