PRIF supports open access to scientific research results on the Internet and has adopted an Open Access Policy for this purpose.
PRIF's own publications (with the exception of the PRIF studies) are published open access: The publications are accessible via the PRIF website, the Social Science Open Access Repository (SSOAR) of the GESIS Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences and the Open Access Portal of the Leibniz Association LeibnizOpen.
PRIF has set up an Open Access Publication Fund with the help of which outstanding publications by PRIF staff in relevant journals can be made accessible immediately.
The PRIF Library supports and advises researchers on Open Access publications. Open Access FAQs can be accessed via Intranet. Through contracts with some publishers, PRIF employees enjoy preferential conditions for Open Access activation of articles. In addition, the library offers a second publication service in order to make publications that were originally published in licensed journals freely accessible after the legal blocking periods have expired ("green road").
Not only scientific texts, but also research data can and should (if legally and ethically possible) be made freely accessible in the spirit of open science. PRIF has adopted a guideline for the handling of research data; the library is the designated point of contact for research data management.
According to its constitution, the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) contributes to "introduce the findings of peace and conflict research to the public and in particular seeks to bring them into effect in political education". In line with this mandate, HSFK supports the demand for free access to scientific research results on the Internet.
Open Access describes the goal of making research knowledge available in digital form via the Internet at any time and without financial, technical or legal barriers. This maximizes the visibility of research results and their public use. As a member of the Leibniz Association, PRIF follows the guidelines on Open Access by the Leibniz Association and the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in Sciences and Humanities.
According to its constitution the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) seeks to introduce the “findings of peace and conflict research to the public and in particular seeks to bring them into effect in political education”. Following this mission, PRIF supports the open access of scientific research results online.
The objective of open access is to digitally provide access to research knowledge at any given time online without financial, technical and legal barriers. Thereby, increasing the visibility and public utilization of research results. As a member of the Leibniz Association, PRIF adheres to the “Guidelines on Open Access in the Leibniz Association” and the “Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities”.
PRIF encourages and supports its academic staff with the publication of research results according to the open access principle:
- The publication of research results can ensue directly as an open access initial release (“the golden road”) or as a secondary release (“the green road”).
- PRIF's publications formats [with the exception of HSFK-Studien] are freely accessible through the PRIF website, the Social Science Open Access Repository (SSOAR) of GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences as well as the Open Access Portal of the Leibniz Association LeibnizOpen. The publications are placed under a corresponding free user's license (Creative Commons-License).
- For scientific works, that are not directly published in an Open Access format, PRIF advises its staff to verify and complement the publishing contract as well as to publish a subsequent secondary release within an institutional repository as SSOAR.
- Within the scope of its abilities PRIF provides its academic staff with the financial infrastructure for open access publications.
- Scientific knowledge is often based on the analysis of scientific data. In order to verify and reproduce their own research results PRIF supports its scientist by ensuring the availability of their research data on respective digital platforms.
PRIF's Open Access Policy is decided by the Executive Board as well as the Research Council and is evaluated and revised regularly.
PRIF staff can apply to PRIF's Open Access Publication Fund to cover all or part of the costs of an Open Access publication or Open Access activation of an article. The purpose of the fund is to make outstanding publications of PRIF staff members in relevant journals/published collections immediately accessible via open access.