Refining the Semantics of Open Access


  • Stefan Gradmann Universität Hamburg
  • Katja Mruck Freie Universität Berlin
  • Maximilian Stempfhuber Social Science Information Centre



open access, publication process, interactive aspects of e-journals, publication plat­form


In an attempt to stress a specific aspect of the "open-access" paradigm, experiences in setting up a collaborative publication platform in the social sciences are reported. The guiding prin­ci­ples in this context, the functional and technical requirements of the content producing partner, the open-access journal Forum Qualitative Sozial­for­schung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, are therefore presented first. Thereafter, a more gen­er­al perspective of the project German Academic Publishers as an initiative mediating and feder­at­ing expertise in the field is introduced before pro­ceed­ing to the core section, dealing with aspects of technical standardization and transparency as a vital basis for open-access strategies and which is provided by the Social Science Information Centre. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs040395


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Author Biographies

Stefan Gradmann, Universität Hamburg

Stefan GRADMANN, Head of the Hamburg University Information Management Unit

Katja Mruck, Freie Universität Berlin

Katja MRUCK (, FQS Main Editor

Maximilian Stempfhuber, Social Science Information Centre

Maximilian STEMPFHUBER, Head of Research & Development Department, Social Sciences Information Centre (IZ)




How to Cite

Gradmann, S., Mruck, K., & Stempfhuber, M. (2004). Refining the Semantics of Open Access. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 5(3).

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