Open Access describes the goal of making knowledge and information barrier-free and accessible online free of charge and reusable. The basic idea behind Open Access: quality assured results of research financed by tax dollars should be accessible to everyone and free of charge.

What are the benefits of Open Access?

  • Increased visibility of the authors
  • Good searchability via search engines
  • Fast, free access to users
  • Quality of teaching and research by a university, for example, is effectively documented and communicated to the outside world


Open Access distinguishes between two ways of publishing: the Golden Path and the Green Path.

The Golden Path is understood as an original first publication, e.g. in a magazine, which is organized according to an Open Access business model, i.e. a magazine whose contents are available free of charge to users.

The Green Path means the free second publication or republication of a piece already published by a commercial publisher. Many scientific publishers allow this kind of publication, but it is normally published later.

The contents are searchable via conventional search engines such as Google and on specific search engines such as, inter alia, the "Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (Base)" or directly via the various institutional or disciplinary repositories of various institutions from around the world that host the content.

The so-called „Berliner Erklärung“ describes the basis of the Open Access movement

The coordinator for Open Access activities at Worms UAS: Herr Michael Münzing