The Freie Universität Berlin is among the signatories of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities and is a cooperating partner for Informationsplattform Open Access.
To encourage Open Access at the Freie Universität Berlin a publishing fund for authors has been established, financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG and the University. This fund is managed by the University Library.
The FU Institutional Repository is maintained by the University Library. FU members and faculty can publish and self-archive theses, research data and relevant academic work in line with the Open Access Initiative.
The University Library undertakes to archive, index, and store the electronic documents on a permanent basis, and ensure that they are retrievable via the FU Digital Library, appropriate library catalogs, and search engines.
FU students may also self-archive their work in the Institutional Repository if they have a written recommendation to this effect from their tutor.
FU members who wish to submit their doctoral dissertations or habilitation theses in electronic format will find information on how to do so at the website of the University Library.