Open Access

Open Access has a long tradition at the Ulm University: in 1999, the Ulm Full Text Server (VTS) was the starting signal for electronic second publications. Ten years later, in 2009, the university's presidium decided to set up a fund for the reimbursement of article fees. Since 2012, medical open access publications have also been funded. In 2016, the VTS was replaced by a new system, the Open Access Repository of the University of Ulm. In the meantime, more than 10% of Ulm's scientific articles are published Open Access (based on Web of Science).

On 11 May 2012, the Presidential Board of Ulm University signed the "Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities". At the same time, the Presidential Board published an Open Access Resolution for the University of Ulm, encouraging all Ulm scientists to publish in the spirit of Open Access:

Zur Open-Access-Resolution

Further good reasons in favour of Open Access can be found in the DFG's "Appeal for the use of open licences in science" from 2014.

Proportionate reimbursement of article fees in OA-only journals:

  • Open Access funding since 2009
  • 2022-2024 with additional funding from the DFG.

CC licensing of articles in traditional journals for which OA transformation agreements exist.

For funding

Are you writing an EC/ERC project proposal or currently supervising an EU project? Here you can find information on how to comply with the Open Access obligation.

  • Be aware of embargo periods in closed-access journals,
  • Plan in advance for sufficient funding to publish your publications.

Open-Access obligation in Horizon Europe

Open-Access obligation in Horizon 2020


If you have any questions about publishing your content, the Service Point Publication Management will be happy to help.

If you would like to publish content directly via the University of Ulm, you can, for example, use our open access repository OPARU. You can find detailed information on our university publications pages.

The OPen Access Repository of the Ulm University offers the possibility of secondary publication for your professional articles. Members and affiliates of the Ulm University can publish their electronic publications, such as specialist articles, dissertations or research reports on the repository.

Make a publication

You want

  • clear licence conditions
  • easy re-use
  • free access

to high-quality publications? We explain how!

To the Open-Access-Basics

How can Open Access publications actually be found? Here you will find platforms that specialise in Open Access.

To the portals

The kiz offers courses on Open Access and academic publishing. Dates and registration options can be found here under the heading "Library". Separate consultations and training courses at the Central Library or at your institute are possible at any time. Enquiries should be addressed to the Service Point Publication Management or directly to the Open-Access-Officer.

Information on the topic of data publication:

  • Publishing options at Ulm University
  • Subject-specific repositories
  • Tips for data publication

Topic data publication

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