FAQ on Open Access

FAQ on Open Access

1. DEAL Wiley journal until 21.12.2021

2. DEAL Springer Nature until 31.12.2022

3. Pure open access journals (gold open access) of other publishers whose APCs are below 2000€ (incl. 19% VAT) are eligible for funding through the Open Access Publishing Funds of the HTW Dresden.

Yes, as a submitting corresponding author and member of the HTW Dresden, you can publish usually free of charge with about 1,400 DEAL Wiley journals ("Online Open") via the DEAL agreements until 31.12.2021. The same applies to about 1,900 DEAL-Springer-Nature-Journals ("Open Choice") until 31.12.2022.

The funding of hybrid open access journals from the Open Access Publishing Funds of the HTW Dresden is excluded due to the funding criteria.


Peer review is the most common method of evaluating the scientific quality of a paper. The same process is also used before an open access publishing.

In the case of green open access, peer review is conducted in the primary publication media, i.e. the traditional subscription journal. The second publication on a repository will then take place after an embargo expires. So the article was already passed through a complete quality control before its first publication as closed access.

Every good gold open access journal also runs such a peer review when it is first published.

The following websites offer some orientation:

A helpful guide to the detailed procedure for identifying unserious journals can also be found here.

There are also increasing warnings against "predatory conferences", which massively advertise for the submission of contributions and demand unusually high participation fees from speakers. Once payment has been received, they are informed at short notice that the conference is only virtual or takes place on a much smaller scale. The ThinkCheckAttend platform lists criteria by which unserious conferences can be identified.

In the meantime, open access journals cover a broad spectrum of disciplines. The subject areas are very different. The focus is still on medicine and the life sciences.

Nevertheless, we would like to support you in your search for a suitable open access journal for your publication. Please contact us if you require support.

That's not true anymore. In the meantime, most established open access journals are listed in the database InCites Journal Citation Reports by Clarivate Analytics.  If open access journals cannot provide evidence of impact factors, it is often because they are newly founded journals and impact factors are assigned in the third year of publication at the earliest.


Open access publishing raises numerous legal questions that cannot be answered without a closer look at copyright law and the publishing contract. We recommend that you consult the University of Bonn's Open Access Legal Guide (just in German) to answer the most important questions. You are also welcome to contact us if you have any questions or need advice.