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, the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences is committed to Open Access and aims to ensure that publications by its members are made freely available through Open Access. Read more about in the HFT Open Access Policy (in German).

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

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

Simple search in hfTOR can be used to search in titles, corporate bodies, abstracts, all persons, all identifiers, full texts (if available), keywords and publisher information of the documents. Advanced search can be used to search specifically for authors, titles, additional persons, reviewers, abstracts, full texts, and years.

In hfTOR you can get an overview of documents according to certain order criteria (e.g. document type). The hfTOR also lists a quick overview of the most recently published documents.

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

For professors and employees: If you would like to publish your scientific work as a second publication, please read the following guide.

For students: If you are studying at HFT and would like to publish your academic work, please read the following guide.

More important information about publishing at HFT can be found here.

Funding options for Open Access articles

All relevant information on the topic of financing scientific publications at the HFT can be found here in the section "2.3. Funding".

More helpful information on Open Access

Your contact persons

Open Access and publishing in hfTOR:

Petra Sperling -

Anna Skazko -

Research management: 

Marine Paichard -