Scientific publishing in physics: DPG publishes position paper

Making research results universally accessible with innovative, quality-assuring publication models and transparent cost structures

In December 2021, the German Physical Society (DPG) published a position paper on the future of scientific publishing.

In this paper, it claims that in order to realise and maximise freedom of science, the publication ecosystem should be shaped by scientists for scientists: It is important that the scientific community fulfils its responsibility to choose appropriate publication methods for research results and to make decisions about projects and careers not on the basis of indirect bibliometric indicators, but through direct assessments of content. Decision making and responsibility should be concentrated with the researchers.

The claims if the position paper on the future of scientific publishing at a glance:

  • general accessibility (Open Access)
  • Cost and data transparency for publishers
  • Lowering the entry threshold for new players and models in the publishing sector
  • Redefining the tasks of the scientific community in publishing

Go to the DPG position paper

About the German Physical Society

The German Physical Society (DPG) is the oldest national physics society in the world with the largest number of members (around 55,000). With conferences, events and publications, it fosters the transfer of knowledge within the scientific community and aims to open a window on physics to all those who are curious. Its special focus is on the support of young scientists and on equal opportunities. The headquarters of the DPG, which as a non-profit association does not pursue any economic interests, is Bad Honnef.