Statement on Scientific Publications

The Academie des sciences, the Leopoldina and the Royal Society have published a set of principles with the aim of defining best practice for scientific journals. The guidelines include four fundamental principles:

1- Efficient and high-quality dissemination of scientific information.
2- The avoidance of all forms of conflict of interest.
3- The necessity to ensure fair reviewing of articles.
4- Keeping the handling and decision-making processes regarding scientific articles entirely under the control of well-recognised scientists.” (See press release)

Over that the three societies support the principles of open access (both “green” and “gold” routes). They “believe that the funds currently spent on journal subscriptions should be re-directed to fund publication charges“.

Helmholtz Open Access Policy

The Helmholtz Association has published a new open access policy. It is based on the EU funding programme Horizon 2020, so that publications should be available open access within 6 months or 12 months in the humanities and social sciences.

“In addition, employees must aim to make the research data underlying the publication accessible and open for sharing.”
(Open Access Policy of the Helmholtz Association, 2016)

Infoveranstaltung “Open-Access-Strategie für Berlin”

Die Informationsveranstaltung “Open-Access-Strategie für Berlin”, die am 13. Oktober an der Freien Universität Berlin stattfindet, schließt an die im Mai 2014 vom Berliner Abgeordnetenhaus getroffene Entscheidung über den Anschub einer “Open-Access-Strategie für Berlin”.

Open-Access-Strategie für Berlin
13. Oktober 2014
Henry-Ford-Bau der Freien Universität Berlin

Ab 15.00 Uhr Posterausstellung zu Berliner und Brandenburger Open-Access-Projekten und Aktivitäten
Ab 16.00 Uhr Eröffnung und Best-Practice-Beispiele

Die Veranstaltung wird gemeinsam ausgerichtet von der Freien Universität, der Humboldt-Universität und der Technischen Universität in Kooperation mit der Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft, der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft und der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. Um Anmeldung wird gebeten.


GDCh and Open Access

The Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (German Chemical Society) published a position paper on the future of scientific publishing and the transformation to Open Access. It recommends its authors the green open access model. This means to archive articles that are published in conventional journals in institutions’ own e-print archives (e.g. MPG PuRe) allowing free access.

GDCh Position Paper: On the Future of Scientific Publishing (December 2013)
GDCh-Positionspapier: Zur Zukunft des wissenschaftlichen Publizierens (Dezember 2013)