The support of an infrastructure of repositories (Green Open Access) should be continued unconditionally, though with a stronger coordination of individual activities. The differentiation of the scientific publication system into disciplines and research areas suggests that in order to create services with added value (e.g. alert-systems and search functions), priority be given to repositories organized on the basis of subjects or research fields.
Addressees: Scientists and funding organizations
The accepted manuscript version (§ 38 IV UrhG – German copyright law) of submissions to periodically published collections should be accessible electronically at the time of acceptance for publication. Beyond that it is recommended that the legislator examine if the digital second publication right could be extended to the publisher’s version with final layout after an appropriate time of, for example, 12 months.
The steps taken by the lawmakers to remove obstacles for open access are welcome even though the legal situation could be further improved. The immediate accessibility of the author’s version should be secured (cf. 3). It should also be clarified that the right of secondary utilization according to § 38 IV UrhG (German copyright law) also applies to submissions from members of public institutions of higher education.
Learned societies, publishers and the scientific community as a whole are called on to develop standards for the archived version as well as citation conventions with the objective to achieve a full-fledged usability of green open access versions.
Addressees: Learned societies, scientific community and publishers
The introduction of soft open access mandates by research and funding organizations that encourage scientists to publish their research results open access is welcome. Strong mandates that amount to being an injunction, on the other hand, are rejected because of potential disadvantages for the choice of the original place of publication.
Addressees: Funding organizations