Recom­men­da­ti­ons on Green Open Access
You are wel­come to com­ment on the recom­men­da­ti­ons below!
Recom­men­da­tion 1 | Green Open Access

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

Recom­men­da­tion 2 | Green Open Access

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.

Addres­sees: Legislatures

Recom­men­da­tion 3 | Copy­right Law

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.

Addres­sees: Legislatures

Recom­men­da­tion 4 | Green Open Access

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

Recom­men­da­tion 5 | Open Access Mandates

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