Principles of Research Ethics

Open Access Policy

The Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) wishes to disseminate its research findings according to the Open Access principle to a greater extent in future. Both the Centre’s own publications and articles published in academic journals should, on principle, be freely accessible.  


The Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) is engaged in foundational social science research on Eastern Europe and shares the results with policy-makers, the media and the broader public. As an independent, international, publicly funded research institute, it is committed to Open Access principles, its aim being to make its research findings readily available, in a usable format, to as broad an audience as possible. ZOiS has therefore signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities of 22 October 2003. 

Publications made available on an Open Access basis may be used without access restrictions. This offers direct and sustainable benefits to research and innovation in academia and wider society. Open Access mandates from research sponsors such as the BMBF, the European Commission and the European Research Council prescribe implementation of Open Access principles as obligatory for projects for which they provide funding. 
This Open Access Policy establishes the recommended framework for Open Access publishing at ZOiS and supplements ZOiS’s Guidelines on Good Academic Practice. Implementation of the Open Access Policy takes particular account of the diversity in the various disciplines’ publishing practices and the different stages academics at ZOiS have reached in their careers.  

Measures and recommendations

  • ZOiS’s own publications – ZOiS Spotlight and ZOiS Report – are freely accessible online. The ZOiS Report series is published on the Centre’s website and is also available and permanently archived on the Online Documents on Eastern Europe (OstDok) portal, which promotes interdisciplinary research on Eastern, Central and Southeast Europe.
  • ZOiS recommends that when signing contracts with publishing houses, its authors refrain from assigning any exclusive usage rights. Authors should, at minimum, secure simple usage rights for dissemination via Open Access. 
  • At the time of publishing, authors should provide a copy of their work for publication in an Open Access repository.  A version should be selected that can be made directly available online as far as possible. 
  • ZOiS supports publication in original Open Access journals or publishing houses.  
  • Financial resources for publications should, as far as possible, be included in applications for project funding from external sponsors (e.g. BMBF, German Research Foundation (DFG), European Commission). 
  • ZOiS provides all its researchers with some limited funding to cover publication charges for hybrid Open Access articles; specifically, for at least one journal essay per year.  
  • ZOiS provides advice and support to its researchers on practical aspects of Open Access, contractual arrangements with publishing houses, funding for publication charges, and compliance with commitments arising from the acquisition of external project funding. ZOiS will designate an Open Access officer for this purpose.  
  • ZOiS will regularly review this Open Access Policy in light of current conditions and revise them if necessary.