SWP Open Access Guidelines

Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) places great weight on the independence, soundness and dependability of its research and advisory activities, and on the provision of a reliable information infrastructure. The purpose of SWP is to conduct scholarly research in the fields of international politics and foreign and security policy, in consultation with the German Bundestag and the German government, with the objective of providing independent research-based policy advice and publishing the findings where appropriate.

As an independent research institution, the SWP supports the goal of making research findings freely accessible over the internet without financial, technical, or legal barriers. Optimal accessibility of relevant information is a fundamental precondition for first-class research, and equally necessary for sound consulting. For these reasons SWP has signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities of 22 October 2003.

SWP supports its researchers in publishing their research findings in open access. To this end

  • SWP makes its own publications – with rare exceptions – freely available via the internet. They are accessible through the SWP website and permanently archived in full-text on the Social Science Open Access Repository (SSOAR), operated and certified by the GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences.

  • SWP also seeks to make contributions by its researchers that appear in non–open access formats freely available within the scope offered by German copyright law. This may include parallel or later publication on the SWP website, sometimes in manuscript form.

  • SWP supports its researchers, where applicable and within reasonable limits, with funding for open access publication, and recommends the inclusion of open access options in external funding applications.

  • SWP supports authors by providing information and advice regarding legal questions connected to the open-access publication of their research findings.

  • SWP supports its researchers in providing access to their research data, in the interests of ensuring that research findings are verifiable and reproducible.


SWP will regularly review these Guidelines in light of developments and revise as necessary.

Here you will find SWP's Open Access Guidelines in a printer-friendly PDF file.

SWP Open Access Representative: Dr. Isabelle Tannous, isabelle.tannous(at)swp-berlin.org; +49 30 88007-313

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