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.


The University of Bremen updated its Open-Access-Policy in November 2022, thus reaffirming its commitment to free and equal access to the results of scientific work.


Open Access Standards and Publication Fees

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


Consulting and Information

The SuUB offers advice on publishing:

Phone: +49 (0)421 218-59415

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


Flyer with general information about Open Access publishing


Other useful links:

Database for Open Access Journals


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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.


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Current Notes

Quality Assurance in the Publication Process:

(New) forms of predatory publishing: article-level identity theft

There are increasing reports of article identity theft at German universities. This means: Predatory journals presumably use AI to create new content from already published articles or publish genuine peer-reviewed articles elsewhere under a new title, with a new DOI and sometimes even a new author name. In doing so, they use the names of renowned scientists without their knowledge or consent.

Read more e.g. here: "Predatory publishers' latest scam: bootlegged and rebranded papers", (Nature)

Early detection of such practices helps to improve quality assurance in the publication process.

If you become aware of, suspect or are affected by such fraud, please report it to the trusted persons listed below or to the library publizierenprotect me ?!suub.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de


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 (FB 2)

Engineering sciences:

Prof. Kirsten Tracht (FB 4),
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Law, economics:

Prof. Sarianna Lundan (FB 7), 
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Social sciences:

Prof. Sebastian Haunss (FB 8), 
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Cultural studies:

Prof. Kerstin Radde-Antweiler (FB 9),
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