Open for Climate Justice


“Open for Climate Justice” is the theme of this year’s International Open Access Week. In celebration of the Open Access Week, we feature a selection of papers by scientists of the four research institutes related to climate change, to highlight the contribution of these outputs to open knowledge and open science.

Open Access Week

Climate Justice is an explicit acknowledgement that the climate crisis has far-reaching effects, and that the impacts are “not be[ing] borne equally or fairly, between rich and poor, women and men, and older and younger generations,” as the UN notes. Open Access can create pathways to more equitable knowledge sharing and serve as a means to address the inequities that shape the impacts of climate change and our response to them.

Much of the research at the four federal research institutes is related to climate change. On occasion of International Open Access Week, we identified papers related to the UN Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action published in the years 2021 & 2022 based on the classification provided by InCites.

Fortunately, most of these papers are already Open Access and available to anyone with an internet connection. In the past weeks, we asked authors of Closed Access papers related to Climate Action at the four research institutes to submit the accepted manuscript version of these papers to DORA. Most publishers permit that accepted versions of papers are published Open Access in institutional repositories (after an embargo period). Thank you for all the submissions of accepted manuscripts to DORA! Progress towards more equitable knowledge sharing has been achieved and as a result, more than 91% of papers related to Climate Action are now Open Access in DORA (or will be soon, after the end of their embargo period).

If you want to take action for more openness to your research results and knowledge sharing, consider publishing Open Access! We are happy to guide you through the different options to publish your paper Open Access. Write your questions to @email, visit us at the library, or meet us at one of our Open Access booths during Open Access week!