Since the declarations of Budapest, Bethesda and Berlin in 2002 / 2003, open access has been discussed intensively. By signing the declaration of Berlin, the German Research Foundation, the Fraunhofer Society, the Helmholtz Community, the German Rectors’ Conference, the Leibniz Community, the Max Planck Society and other scholarly organisations advocated for the principle of open access: “supply scientific knowledge for everybody by means of the internet”.
Albeit the continously increasing number of open access journal, many complaints still remain as the potentials of this new way of publication are not realized sufficiently, especially in the humanities and the social sciences. Thus authors often hesitate and prefer established ways of publishing.
The aim of this project consisted in developing measures to promote the realisation of the idea of open access. Empirical studies on open access do exist, but they do not sufficiently expose the needs of authors and do not provide any measures motivating them to publish more in open access journals and repositories. Although various differences between the disciplines are well known, they are not systematically documentated. The projects tryed to face these both deficits by examining open access journals and the reasons whether and why they succeed. The results shall help to develop measures to increase acceptance.