Open Science

Free access to the results of scientific work is one of the central aims of Open Science. In 2015, the Berlin Senate adopted the so-called Open Access Strategy for Berlin, which among other things formulates the goal that 60% of all publication by researchers at Berlin's scientific institutions should be freely accessible by 2020.

The BIH supports this goal within the framework of its Strategy 2026. Until 2026 almost every publication of the BIH should be freely available. To achieve this, the BIH, together with the Charité and MDC, is taking structural and technical measures to support the members of the institutions in implementing Open Access.


Publishing in Open Access journals

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. On the following pages we will explain how to find the right journal and how to get the costs reimbursed.

Further information

Open Science Badges in the Charité Newsletter

The Charité newsletter lists ten „selected publications“ per month. These receive badges if they implement open science practices. The Open Data and Open Code badges are awarded by the QUEST Center (see Open Data criteria and Open Code definition). The Open Access badge is awarded by the Charité Medical Library (see Information on Open Access on the Library website).

Open Data - also with personal data

Open Data means the publication of the original research data for replication and re-use by others.

The FAQ Open Data give answers to the most important questions regarding Open Data.

The “Grundlegende Informationen zu Open Data-Publikationen bei Studien mit personenbezogenen Daten” (in German) provides assistance in the event that the data is subject to data protection.


The Quest Toolbox

The QUEST Toolbox contains helpful tools, programs and online platforms that aim at facilitating the reproducibility of a research project on all stages. The tools are sorted along the stages of the life cycle of a research project. The QUEST toolbox is aimed specifically at biomedical researchers. While some tools are specific to that community, others are of usage also in other research communities. We tried to go for non-commercial tools wherever possible.

Further information