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Open Access at the University of Bremen

Publishing in Open Access Journals

What Is Open Access?

The term open access means that scientific information is made available free of charge and without restriction. Many recognized journals are already available in accordance with this principle. Open access publications that are freely available on the web not only reach a wider specialist audience but are also cited more frequently.


General information on open access can be found via the following link:


General Information on Open Access


Open Access at the University of Bremen

Publishing in an open access journal usually involves costs. The Bremen State and University Library (SuUB) supports researchers in publishing in open access journals with funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG). Since 2010, the article processing charges or publication fees of recognized journals can be covered under certain conditions.


The SuUB offers advice on publishing:

Phone: +49 (0)421 218-59415

Email: publizierenprotect me ?!suub.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de



Other useful links:

Database for Open Access Journals


Requirements for the Coverage of Open Access Publication Costs

The prerequisite for the assumption of costs incurred is the DFG's funding conditions. The scientific quality must be guaranteed by a peer review process and the published articles must ultimately be available free of charge on the internet. Further information on the procedure at Bremen State and University Library can be found via the following links:


General Information on the Procedure for the Assumption of Costs


University of Bremen Warns against Predatory Publishing

The term "predatory publishing" is used to describe fraudulent publishing practices. Predatory journals are online journals that pretend to be scientifically relevant. Bremen State and University Library provides detailed information about fraudulent publishing practices and helps researchers at the university with, among other things, the question of how to identify publishers without quality assurance and what distinguishes them from reputable ones.


Quality Assurance in the Publication Process

For quality assurance in the publication process, trusted advisors working on behalf of the Academic Senate at the University of Bremen are available to provide advice from researcher to researcher. Interested parties can receive advice before publishing, for example on the consideration of suitable publishers and forms. If a publication has been published by an untrustworthy publisher without quality assurance, related questions can also be clarified confidentially.


The following confidants are available for the different research areas of the university (based on the reasoning of the specialized commissions of the SuUB):

Biology, natural sciences, mathematics: Prof. Rita Groß-Hardt (faculty 2), gross-hardtprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

Engineering sciences: Prof. Kirsten Tracht (faculty 4), trachtprotect me ?!bimeprotect me ?!.de

Law, economics: Prof. Sarianna Lundan (faculty 7),

Social sciences: Prof. Sebastian Haunss (faculty 8), sebastian.haunssprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

Cultural studies: Prof. Kerstin Radde-Antweiler (faculty 9), raddeprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de