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Charité and BIH support open access to scientific knowledge and have signed the Berlin Declaration 2018. The Open Access Transformation measures are coordinated by the Open Access Team of the Medical Library. The Berlin Senate adopted an OA strategy for Berlin in 2015, and the goal of 60% freely accessible publications in 2020 stated there has been achieved for Charité (see dashboards of the Medical Library and the QUEST Center).

Publishing in Open Access journals is the so-called golden way of Open Access and means the first publication of an article in a freely accessible journal. Publication fees are often payable per publication.

Suitable Open Access journals

To make it easier for you to select a suitable Open Access journal, BIH's QUEST Center has developed an Open Access journal positive list. It contains journals with high quality standards to protect you from publications in so-called predatory journals. In addition, you will receive information on publication costs and review times.

The list is undergoing maintenance to reflect recent changes in funding criteria. An update will be posted in 2023.

Predatory Open Access

So-called predatory journals are journals with no or inadequate quality assurance procedures. Like many OA journals, they are based on the APC funding model, i.e. the author pays publication fees for publication in these journals. The term predatory publishing has become established for this practice.

Predatory journals FAQ

Open Access publication costs

The business models for financing OA publications are diverse. One highly widespread financing model is the charging of Article Processing Charges (APC) as a prerequisite for the publication.
For more information on covering OA publication costs at Charité, please visit the Charité Medical Library pages.

Hybrid Open Access journals

Hybrid journals are journals in which both freely accessible articles (Open Access articles) and articles that are only accessible to subscribers to the journal are published. Such publication possibilities are offered under the names Open Choice, Author's Choice or similar.

In principle, this model means that subscription as well as publication fees for such journals must be paid to the relevant publisher by the institutions. To avoid this negative effect, this model is not financially supported.

Publications under a Creative Commons license

We recommend that you provide your Open Access article with a Creative Commons license (CC-BY 4.0) so that third parties can re-use your work and open access is guaranteed.

Further information

Medizinische Bibliothek der Charité

The Charité Medical Library oversees the topic of Open Access and advises you on all issues related to Open Access publishing.

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