Open Access

Open Access at ZAS

Open access refers to the unlimited and free access to quality-tested scientific information on the internet. Due to the lifting of technical, financial and legal barriers, open access contributes to accelerating scientific innovation and improving the visibility of research findings. Scientists are therefore supported in the research and publication processes, and the use of public funded research is maximized. As a member of the Leibniz Association, the Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) is committed to open access. It thereby follows the „Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities“ and the „Open Access policy of the Leibniz Association 2016-2020“.

In 2017 ZAS has ratified an own Open Access Policy (PDF).

Contact person for Open Access at ZAS is Christina Beckmann,

Open Access Publications from ZAS

The online versions of the “ZAS Publications in Linguistics (ZASPiL)” are archived on the "Linguistik-Repository" of the Publication Server of the Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main.

Master record of ZASPiL
Includes a short description of ZAS and metadeta for ZASPiL.

Recently published

Fuchs, Susanne, Daniel Pape, Caterina Petrone & Pascal Perrier (eds.). 2015. Individual Differences in Speech Production and Perception (Speech production and perception). Frankfurt/M.: Peter Lang Publisher.

Journal articles and books

can be found on the ZAS researchers' websites under "Publications".

Open Access Journals (Selected)

Linguistics in Open Access (LingOA)
A non-profit foundation representing linguistics journal editors who wish to publish under the conditions of Fair Open Access.

Glossa : a journal of general linguistics offers Open Access publications under fair conditions. Published articles are freely available.

Semantics & Pragmatics
Published by the Linguistic Society of America (LSA), Semantics & Pragmatics is a fully open-access peer-reviewed journal publishing high quality, original, self-contained research articles on the semantics and pragmatics of natural languages.

PLOS ONE (here: search results for "Linguistics" in "advanced search", "subject")
A peer-reviewed open access scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science (PLOS) since 2006. The journal covers primary research from any discipline within science and medicine.


Laboratory Phonology
This Open Access journal has been published by Ubiquity Press since 2016.

Dialogue & Discourse

Computational linguistics

Journal of Portuguese Linguistics

Languages - Open Access Journal

Frontiers in Psychology

Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft
Open-Access since 2017. The Journal for Linguistics is published by the German Association for Linguistics (DGfS). The goal of the journal is to promote research in linguistics by making high quality contributions from all fields and current trends in modern linguistics public.

Open Library of Humanities (OLH)
The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs).

It operates a journal of the same name -  Open Library of Humanities (Journal) – which publishes internationally recognized and thoroughly peer-reviewed research in the social sciences. The larger organisation is funded by an international consortium of libraries who have joined them in order to make scholarly publishing fairer, more accessible and rigorously preserved for the digital future.

Tools to find high quality peer-reviewed Open Access journals

 DOAJ = Directory of Open Access Journals
A directory of electronic journals, that in keeping with the principles of Open Access are freely available in the internet and offer access to high quality, peer-reviewed publications.

Lists journal publishers grouped by the forms of parallel/secondary publication that they allow [in German].

A freely accessible research network for sharing and evaluating scientific information. More than 31 million articles (including 3 million open access articles) are available.Open access articles from many sources are brought together and discused. Submissions are immediately released and evaluated in a completely transparent peer-review process.

Open Access Monographs (Projects)

Language Science Press
A publication model for open access books in linguistics, founded by the linguist Stefan Müller (FU Berlin) and Martin Haspelmath (MPI EVA Leipzig). The scope of the project includes many Open Access publications in different areas of linguistics, produced by the researchers themselves.

OAPEN = Open Access Publishing in European Networks
A Europe-wide platform for publishing Open Access books – especially from the social sciences and humanities. This project, funded by the European Union, came out of the cooperation between multiple University publishers. In the shared catalogue, the OAPEN Library, Open Access digital and quality assured content are available.

Knowledge Unlatched
An Open Access intiative that makes scientific monographs in the humanities and social sciences available worldwide. The initiative is based on cooperation between publishers and libraries.

DOAB = Directory of Open Access Books
Tool for finding scientific Open Access books that were published after the peer-review process.

Open Access Repositories

Directory of Open Access Repositories
This tool allows to search or browse for academic open access repositories.

OAN Netowrk of Open Access Repositories
The Open Access network seeks a stronger inter-linking of repositories, in order to increase the national and international visibility of German research contributions. The project is funded by the German Research Association (DFG) and was started by the German Initiative for Network Information e. V. (DINI).

DINI Overview of German Repositories
A list of the repositories with identification of those that are DINI certified.

Zenodo (Research data repository)
A repository of outputs across all fields of research that gives each upload a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to make them easily and uniquely citeable. Posters, presentations, pictures, audio and video materials are also easily integrated. The repository is operated and developed by CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research).

Central Open Access gateway of the Leibniz Association.

Publication Repository of the "Institute for German Language (IDS)"
Institutional repository storing the scientific publications of the IDS. Contains bibliographic data und partly also full texts.

Publication Server of Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
Archives electronic documents of the Goethe University, amongst them the collection "General linguistics, comparative linguistics" and other special collections from the "German Research Council" = " Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)".

Publication Repository MPG.PuRe
Repository on the website "Max Planck Open Access" of the "Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science"


Open Access Search Engines

BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine)
A search engine for scientific documents operated by the University library of Bielefeld that offers access to the content and metadata of scietific document servers, that through Open Access are freely available.

Search engine operated by the University of Michigan and the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), which can search through the metadata of various document servers. The catalogue includes over 50 million datasets with digital sources from over 2,000 participants. It is one of the most important search engines for Open Access content.

Open Access Information
"Internet portal Open Access" offers thorough information about open access and practical help for implementation. It was built within the scope of a DFG project of the Free University Berlin and the Universities of Göttingen, Constance, and Bielefeld. Philology
"Internet portal Open Access: Philology" offers free access to information related to the philological sciences.

Priority Initiative "Digital Information"
Information related to Open Access by a joint initiative of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany aiming to improve the provision of information in research and teaching.

DFG Open Access
Information related to Open Access on the website of the "German Research Foundation (DFG)" [in German]

BMBF Open Access
Information gateway on the website of the "Federal Ministry of Education and Research" = "Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)" [in German]

Leibniz Association Open Access
Information related to Open Access presented on the website of the Leibniz Association

Max Planck Open Access
Information related to Open Access at the "Max Planck Society"

Open Access Policy of the Leibniz Association 2016-2020

Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities
"Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities" on the website of the "Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science"

English Wikipedia Entry "Open Access"