Open Access

„Our mission of disseminating knowledge is only half complete if the information is not made widely and readily available to society.“

Berlin Declaration

Why is Open Access important?

Open Access is important because it makes the results of publicly funded scientific research immediately accessible and reusable free of charge and without procurement costs. With open access publications, the exploitation rights remain with the authors and are not exclusively assigned to a publisher.


  • Increased visibility of the publications and for the authors
  • Faster and free access for users
  • Legal protection of potentially extensive re-usability
  • Good findability via search engines and reference services
  • Promotion of international and interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Free access to publicly funded research results
  • Accelerated communication and discussion of research results


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Electronic Publishing and Open Access an der HFT

By signing the Berlin Declaration, Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences has committed itself to Open Access and encourages its members to make publications freely accessible via Open Access. You can read more about this in the HFT Open Access Policy.

The HFT Library and the Institute of Applied Research work hand in hand to implement Open Access.

The HFT Library offers all HFT members the opportunity to publish their scientific works (e.g. scientific articles, dissertations or theses) free of charge on the university's own publication platform HFTor (HfT Open Repository). In addition, HFTor enables the permanent verification and accessibility of university publications with and without full text.

HFTor ensures high visibility of publications via search services such as Google Scholar, BASE, DNB.

In HFTor you can get an overview of documents according to specific classification criteria (e.g. document type) and the most recently published documents.

HFTor also serves as a university bibliography - a record of the university's research output.

For professors and staff: Would you like to publish your academic work as a secondary publication? Then please read the following guide.

For students: Are you studying at HFT and would like to publish your academic work? Then please read the following guide.

Persistent identifiers (PIDs) are important because they provide unique and persistent identification for researchers, scientific institutions, digital objects such as publications, documents, research data or resources. PIDs prevent confusion caused by references to outdated or displaced resources and contribute to the long-term integrity and traceability of digital information.

PIDs briefly explained

More information on PIDs

The HFT Library recommends following non-commercial PID systems

More helpful information on Open Access

Your contact persons

Name & Position E-Mail & Telephone
Leiterin der Bibliothek+49 711 8926 2930 2/037.1
Akademische Mitarbeiterin / Forschungsmanagement+49 711 8926 2336 7/003
Repositorium / Open Access / Bibliotheksverwaltung+49 711 8926 2929 2/024