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Freie Universität Berlin is a signatory of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities and thus endorses open access to human knowledge and cultural heritage.

All scientists of Freie Universität are recommended, where possible, to make digital full-texts of their publications freely accessible.

The tasks that arise in this context are carried out by different university stakeholders:

The University Management of Freie Universität supports open access in a number of ways. In January 2009, the President of Freie Universität signed the Berliner Declaration (Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities), supported also by important national and international research institutions and funding organizations.

In July 2008, the Academic Senate of Freie Universität Berlin adopted an Open Access Policy (in German).

In 2013, the Executive Board decided to perpetuate the publication fund established with the support of the German Science Foundation (DFG) after the end of the DFG program.

In 2012, Freie Universität established the position of the Open Access Representative. The representative cooperates with the Academic Senate, Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS) (see below) and the University Library to further develop the open access strategy and serves as a point of contact for all members of university for questions related to Open Access. The Representative offers trainings and courses and provides advice on Open Access issues to students, researchers and other members of Freie Universtität.


The position of the Open-Access Representative of Freie Universität Berlin is not filled at the moment.

Please contact the open access team at open-access@fu-berlin.de.

Center for Digital System (CeDiS) has been supporting e-publishing and Open Access providing advice and assistance with publication projects and technological implementation of electronic publication solutions for many years.

CeDiS provides technical assistance and support to scientists, journal editorial boards and institutions willing to professionally publish Open Access journals. It supports and assists research projects where use of digital media, electronic publishing and Open Access play a key role.


Center für Digitale Systeme
Visiting address: Ehrenbergstr. 26, 14195 Berlin
Mailing address: Ihnestr. 24, 14195 Berlin

E-Mail: e-publishing@cedis.fu-berlin.de

The University Library offers a number of Open Access services. It manages the Refubium - the institutional repository of Freie Universität, a platform where university members have an opportunity to electronically publish their scholarly works, theses and dissertations and make them freely accessible worldwide via the Internet. The University Library administrates the Publication Fund from which the publication fees which arise from the publication of articles in open-access journals can be reimbursed

The editorial team offers assistance for the following questions:

  • copyright
  • agreements between publisher and author
  • reimbursement and upfront payment of APCs
  • long-term archiving of documents in the institutional repository
  • allocation of persistent identifiers (DOI, URN)
  • record of publications in SEP and the University Bibliography
  • one-to-one counselling services and training courses

Document Server Editorial Team
University Library of Freie Universität Berlin
Garystraße 39
14195 Berlin

Tel.: (030) 838-54276
E-Mail: edocs@ub.fu-berlin.de