HTWD joins DEAL agreements

At the beginning of 2024, HTWD joined the new DEAL agreements with the publishers Springer Nature, Wiley and, for the first time, Elsevier. Thanks to this agreement, HTWD members will have access to almost the entire journal portfolio of the three major publishers, which together comprise more than 7,000 titles.

In addition, the DEAL agreements create uniform conditions for HTWD members for scientific publishing in Open Access. The contracts negotiated by 'Allianz der Wissenschaftsorganisationen' for all academic institutions in Germany introduce the next phase of the politically desired Open Access transformation by introducing the so-called "paper charge model" across the board. In contrast to the previously subscription-based agreements with these publishers, funding will in future be based on the number of articles actually published. However, this also means that these three publishers will in future charge authors publication fees for every publication in one of their journals - regardless of whether the publication is open or closed access.

Research funding bodies usually offer the opportunity to take the corresponding costs into account when applying for project funding. For all those who cannot cover these costs completely from faculty budgets, project or third-party funds, the HTWD has created a publication fund from which researchers can apply for a grant of € 1,700 (gross) for their publication. This grant must be applied for before submitting a publication: Details on the application procedure and the funding requirements can be found on the Publication Fund page.

(March 4, 2024 /mv)

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20 years of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities

On October 22, 2003, the leading German research organizations signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. This joint commitment to promoting the dissemination of and free access to scientific knowledge and cultural heritage represents a milestone in the Open Access movement. Since then, almost 800 organizations and institutions have joined the Berlin Declaration - including HTWD - University of Applied Sciences in May 2018. 

20 years later, Open Access is becoming the standard for publishing scientific results from publicly funded research, as recently affirmed by the German federal and state governments in their joint guidelines on Open Access. Despite all the successes that the principle of Open Access is now experiencing, there are still persistent concerns about Open Access. A short video from TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology and University Library in Hanover explains the four most common Open Access myths.

(October 23, 2023 /mv)

Strauß, Helene; Hauss, Jonas; Rücknagel, Jesko: Open-Access-Mythencheck., Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB), 2023.

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Open Access myth check