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.
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