Open Access Strategy

Making knowledge available

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Every day, new discoveries are being made at research institutions around the world. Thanks to the Internet, it has become possible to make this knowledge available to everyone. And that is the goal of the Open Access movement. Open Access refers to unrestricted, free and continuous access to scientific information online while respecting copyrights.

Open Access at TU Braunschweig

Technische Universität Braunschweig promotes the unrestricted exchange of research results. An Open Access Policy adopted by the Senate recommends that the TU's scientists should make their publications available from an Open Access perspective. 

On 13 May 2015, TU Braunschweig's former President Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Hesselbach signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to scientific knowledge. TU Braunschweig also supports the international Open Access 2020 initiative which supports the change from subscription journals to Open Access ones.

Predatory Publishing

Predatory or fake publishing refers to unfair business models of dubious publishers, conference organizers or e-journal publishers. High quality business processes and competitive pricing are merely faked. The usual quality assurance process does not run through at all or not according to applicable standards, e.g. the peer review process by an editorial board. Additionally, the prices for publishing are often much too high. These business practices and models should not be supported at all!

LeoPARD - Publications And Research Data

LeoPARD is the official repository of TU Braunschweig. It gives TU Braunschweig's scientists the chance to publish their findings quickly, simply, and free of cost, in accordance with the terms of Open Access. LeoPARD also fulfils the requirements of various funding organisations, including the DFG and the European Union funding programme "Horizon2020".

The University Library offers advice and support to scientists on all issues relating to Open Access.

If you have any questions or need more information, please visit the website of the University Library or contact the Open Access Team of the University Library.

Financing Open Access

Since 1 January 2017, the University Library has been

managing a DFG-sponsored fund to finance Open Access


About the Fund

Articles sponsored since 2017



Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Hecker

Open Access Representative of the TU Braunschweig

Carsten Elsner

Open Access Coordinator

Christian Knoop

Deputy Coordinator