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Open Access

Open Access refers to free and public access to scientific literature, for example on the internet.

HHU supports open access and in 2011 signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Scientific Knowledge issued by the Max Planck Society, the German Rectors' Conference, the DFG and other research and funding organisations.

Promotion of the Faculty of Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine promotes Open Access publications by its members with these parameters:

  • 2,000 euros net per publication
  • No numerical limit on the number of articles per author per year
  • Expanded group of persons eligible for funding (according to DEAL guidelines)
  • Maximum overall limit of 50,000 euros, "first come, first serve" for applications

For detailed information and advice, please contact the University and State Library (ULB).

Information on "predatory journals"

Dubious publishers, so-called "predatory journals", offer publications in allegedly open access journals. The business model foresees a fee from the scientist, but without using quality assurance procedures or editorial processing. Such publications cause monetary damage and damage the reputation of the scientist and science as a whole.
The Faculty of Medicine expressly does not reward such publications - which are not listed in the Web of Science - in contrast to regular publication activity.

  • The most important quality-checked OA journals for various subject areas are listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals.
  • Criteria for seriousness, both for publications and for congresses, can be found as checklists on the site thinkchecksubmit.org.
  • The University and State Library Düsseldorf (ULB) offers advice on Open Access publications.
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