User Guide

On this page you will find information on how to use the online data platform Wissenschaft weltoffen. The portal provides extensive data on the internationality of studies and research in Germany and worldwide.

Home page and navigation

The Home page

Prominent in the upper half of the homepage you will find an image gallery that quickly informs you about the most important results from the current study of the internationality of studies and research within the framework of Wissenschaft weltoffen. Below that, you have direct access to the current Wissenschaft weltoffen publications in German and in English in PDF format, as well as a link to the order form. Under the publications, you will find access to individual chapters of the current issue of Wissenschaft weltoffen. In the lower half of the screen, you can see further topics on Wissenschaft weltoffen, here you can read more about individual areas by clicking on the topic heading.


Using the main navigation, you can access all page areas by clicking on the respective points. The individual sections offer this content:

Data: The data of the current and past issues of Wissenschaft weltoffen are compiled here. In the upper half of the screen, you can filter your data search by year, issue, chapter and topic. In addition, you can tick a box to display bonus tables and choose between German and English data output via a language option.
Further down you will find the compilation of all data of the main edition, compact edition and bonus tables in accordion elements. You can expand the levels below by clicking the arrow on the right side of the accordion element and in this way navigate through the chapters and subchapters to the individual data as you wish. At the lowest level, you reach the individual data, which you can view as an illustration or, by changing the tab above the illustration, as a table. Below the figure, there are fold-out elements via arrows for describing the figure and indicating sources and footnotes. Next to the data heading, you have the option of downloading the figure as a png file via the blue graphic symbol and the data table as an xlsx file via the green table symbol. Below the fold-out issue or a chapter, you also have the option to download all figures or data tables of the issue or the respective chapter in a zip file.

Publication: On this page, all main and compact issues of Wissenschaft weltoffen are sorted in an overview by year. By clicking on the arrow on the right side of the year you can view the publications of the corresponding year. The imprint is given for each publication and on the right-hand side, you have the option of downloading the corresponding publication in German or English free of charge as a PDF document or ordering the printed publication for a fee. In addition, below the main issues, you can download individual highlights from the corresponding main issue in German or English.

In focus: The most important results of the current Wissenschaft weltoffen publication are summarised here in an overview; clicking on the tiles will take you to the individual topics.

About the project: Get to know the team behind the project, learn more about the goals and read further information about Wissenschaft weltoffen.


The online platform is optimised for larger monitors, but can in principle also be viewed on smaller devices (tablet PCs and smartphones).
The desired display of the pages should be guaranteed in the current standard browsers. With older browsers (e.g. Internet Explorer) there may be deviations in the display.

You can download the current versions from the owners website:

Google Chrome
Microsoft Edge
Mozilla Firefox


To view files in PDF format, you need a programme. You can download it, for example, from the Adobe website (Software: Adobe Reader).

Gender sensitive writing

Wissenschaft weltoffen strives for a gender-sensitive form of writing that supports social diversity and the basic idea of equal treatment. The slash is used for frequently used terms to avoid phrases or sentence constructions that disturb the flow of reading (e.g. Wissenschaftler/innen). The slash is also recognised by most screen readers as a gender marker and read out accordingly (so-called glottal stop).

Additional information

The functionality of the Wissenschaft weltoffen online platform is tested regularly. However, if you notice any potential for optimisation, please feel free to send us a message via this email address: We welcome your feedback and suggestions!

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