Open Access

Open access means that scientific research literature should be publicly available, free of charge on the internet so that those who are interested can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, refer to and, in any other conceivable legal way, use full texts without encountering any financial, legal or technical barriers other than those associated with Internet access itself. The Max Planck Society is a co-founder of the international Open Access movement. The publication of the  “Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities” on 22 October 2003 and the subsequent Berlin Open Access conferences were milestones in the global development of Open Access.

Since the year 2000, the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and its members have made substantial contributions to the development and spread of Open Access and improved forms of scientific publishing and peer review. Some of the most successful early Open Access journals were initiated by Institute members who (co-)founded the first interactiveOpen Access journals of the European Geosciences Union (EGU):

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (ACP), U. Pöschl et al.
Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (AMT), T. Wagner et al.
Biogeosciences (BG), J. Kesselmeier et al.
Geoscientific Model Development (GMD), R. Sander et al.

Background information about these journals and the history of interactive open access publishing is available in the publications linked below. Currently, over 30% of the Institute’s peer-reviewed scientific articles are published in open access journals.