Open Access Policy of the University of Mannheim

The University of Mannheim’s profile is characterized by its renowned Economic and Social Sciences, interwoven with strong Humanities, Law, Mathematics and Informatics. According to the university’s mission statement, this clear-cut subject portfolio aims at a high visibility in research and teaching.

Against this background, the University of Mannheim views Open Access as a highly effective publication model to enhance the dissemination of knowledge in a sustainable way. According to the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, Open Access signifies free and unrestricted worldwide access to scientific knowledge via the Internet.

  • The University of Mannheim therefore expressly advises its researchers to make their research results available to the international scientific community as well as the general public through Open Access. 
  • Open Access research results include not only original scientific publications, but also research data, metadata, source materials, digital representations of pictorial and graphical materials and scholarly multimedia materials.
  • The university welcomes if its researchers in their capacity as editors or reviewers support the transformation of scientific journals to Open Access journals.
  • The university mandates the university library to coordinate the university’s Open Access activities and to promote these activities through appropriate services. With its institutional repositories MADOC and MADATA, Mannheim University Library provides an Open Access infrastructure that meets established standards for the long-term accessibility of publications and research data and for the exchange of metadata with national and international servers.
  • The university library gives support and advice to the university’s researchers in all legal and organizational questions of Open Access publishing.

This Open Access Policy does not impair the free choice of the publication channel for the university’s researchers. It constitutes a recommendation, but not an obligation. Academic freedom also includes the free choice of the publication channel. If authors opt for a publication with limited access, the university recommends that they reserve non-exclusive rights of electronic publication or archiving for free-of-charge use and that they exercise their rights of secondary publication. Mannheim University Library offers advice and support to this effect.

sign. Prof. Dr. Ernst-Ludwig von Thadden - president
05 December 2017

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