Open Access at TU Bergakademie Freiberg

Open Access means unrestricted, free of charge access to scientific documents on the web. The authors who opt for it, will reach a wide readership and enable the rapid dissemination of research results.

It is possible to publish papers in a commercial publishing house and archive them as Open Access. If you plan this, you should transfer non-exclusive rights of use or make additional agreements with the publisher to retain the right to deposit your work on a non-commercial repository. The SHERPA/RoMEO database informs about publisher’s policies regarding Open Access.

Where can I publish?

Open Access Journals

Open Access Journals using Peer Review to ensure a high quality of their contents can be searched via the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Some OA journals require a publication fee the author has to pay.


Students and researchers of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg can use the Document Repository Qucosa (Quality Content of Saxony) to publish theses and other documents at no cost.

Documents on Geotechnics, Mining, Mine Surveying, Metallurgy and Earth Science

GEO-LEOe-docsis a joint project of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg with the Göttingen State and University Library. It is a subject-based Open Access Repository.

Hybrid models

Many publishers of subscription based journals offer their authors the possibility to convert their Closed Access papers for a fee into Open Access. In some individual cases (the European Commission's FP7 Post-Grant Gold Open Access Pilot) the authors do not have to pay the fee. Feel free to ask us!



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Dubious Open Access publishers

Unfortunately, there is an increasing number of „black sheep“ among the Open Access publishers. They send masses of e-mails to potential authors, inviting them to submit papers to formerly unknown journals. The usual quality standards are neglected, because the only aim is the publication fee the author has to pay.

We regret these trends and offer our assistance in publishing your papers in trusted and high quality open access media.

"Black List" (archived version).