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Open Access

The Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) is committed to Open Access and as such adheres to the “Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities” as well as the “Guidelines on Open Access within the Leibniz Association”.

IAMO encourages its researchers to publish in accordance with the Open Access principle. This is rendered as uncomplicated as possible by publishing results directly as Open Access publications and, within legal limitations, simultaneously, or at the earliest opportunity, making them available on document servers (repositories). Furthermore, the institute has also adopted its own Open Access Policy.


  • Researchers are informed and individually advised on issues concerning Open Access as well as receiving support in its implementation. The position of an Open Access Officer was established at IAMO for this purpose.
  • Publications by IAMO scientists that are within their legal right to be rendered openly accessible as secondary publications are sent directly to the EconStor repository.
  • Freely available publications are listed in LeibnizOpen as well as in other suitable technical data bases, portals and social media.
  • In addition to the Leibniz Association’s Open Access Publishing Funds, scientists also have access to internal funding within the institute to meet the Open Access publication fees.

What is Open Access?

Open Access is public and free access to academic results online, - free of any financial, legal and technical barriers beyond those directly related to internet access. Publications, research data and further forms of scientific results are thus available for all to access, cite, share and use in any conceivable, lawful way.

What does Open Access offer?

Increasing numbers of researchers are choosing to publish their results in Open Access media. This decision is not only a benefit to the researchers themselves, but also to science, teaching and society as a whole. This is because Open Access allows:

  • fast digital publication with long-term archiving
  • worldwide, barrier-free access
  • increased visibility and impact
  • a larger readership, including those outside of research
  • improved use of modern methods of evaluation
  • retention of copyright on own work