Copernicus.org aims to promote the sciences by

  • Organizing meetings, conferences and exhibitions;
  • Publishing peer-reviewed journals, in particular open access;
  • Supporting associations and organizations in the fulfilment of their tasks and in their relation amongst each other;
  • Archiving data and information for public usage;
  • Assisting in outreach activities regarding media and education;
  • Developing appropriate software solutions for achieving these aims.

Promoting scientific work is our focus. Serving those dedicated to science is our passion!



  • No. of conferences and workshops in 2015: 16
  • No. of contributions handled (service package A) in 2015: 18,000
  • No. of registrations handled (service package B) in 2015: 15,274


  • No. of open-access journals: 38
  • No. of articles published in 2015: 8,337
  • No. of pages published in 2015: 190,450
  • No. of editors in 2015: 2,524
  • No. of referees and contact authors in 2015: 47,387


  • 2014 – Start of Image Processing
  • 2013 – Launch of article level metrics (ALM)
  • 2012 – OA publication charge agreements with Helmholtz Association
  • 2012 – Member of ORCID and Partner of OpenAIRE
  • 2012 – Start of language copy-editing as a standard service
  • 2012 – Start of the first Copernicus conference app for mobile devices
  • 2011 – Certified Member of IAPCO
  • 2009 – Move to Göttingen
  • 2008 – Start of the Copernicus Office online system
  • 2008 – Founding Member of OASPA
  • 2008 – OA publication charge agreements with Max Planck Society in Germany and CNRS INSU in France
  • 2006 – Author copyright and Creative Commons Licence
  • 2004 – All journals are open access
  • 2003 – First conference with over 10,000 participants
  • 2001 – Start of interactive open-access publishing with public peer review and discussion
  • 2001 – First open-access journal
  • 2001 – Formation of Copernicus Gesellschaft mbH
  • 1994 – Start of publishing activities
  • 1988 – Start of congress organizing activities as well as back-office services
  • 1988 – Formation of Copernicus Gesellschaft e.V. by scientists and directors of MPI for Aeronomy (MPAE)

Copernicus Gesellschaft e.V. – the non-profit part of Copernicus 

Copernicus was founded in February 1988 as the non-profit society Copernicus Gesellschaft e.V. by directors and scientists of Max Planck Institute for Aeronomy (today MPI for Solar System Research). According to the statutes, Copernicus Gesellschaft e.V. aims to promote international collaboration in the geo- and space sciences. When the business part of Copernicus, Copernicus GmbH (LLC), was founded in 2001 to carry on the conference and publishing business, Copernicus Gesellschaft e.V. became the exclusive partner. This legal partnership guarantees that the surpluses of Copernicus' projects will be used to further promote the sciences. In 2013, Copernicus Gesellschaft e.V. celebrated its 25th anniversary! In honour of this occasion, we presented for the first time the Copernicus Medal. This award recognizes ingenious, innovative work in the geosciences and planetary and space sciences, and in their exceptional promotion and international cooperation, in particular of colleagues still in the midst of their scientific career. Please find more information on the website of the Copernicus Gesellschaft e.V.

Legal status 

Copernicus Gesellschaft mbH

  • Business segments: professional congress organizer (Copernicus Meetings) and open-access publisher (Copernicus Publications)
  • Registered as: limited liability corporation (GmbH)
  • Registered at: county court Göttingen under HRB 131 298 on 15 August 2001
  • Exclusive Partner: Copernicus Gesellschaft e.V.
  • Financial Status: not-for-profit corporation

Copernicus Gesellschaft e.V.

  • Exclusive partner of Copernicus Gesellschaft mbH
  • Until 2001 congress organizing and publishing
  • Registered as: incorporated society (eingetragener Verein - e.V.)
  • Registered at: county court Göttingen under VR 130 337 on 26 February 1988
  • Financial Status: non-profit society (gemeinnütziger Verein)
  • Please find more information on the website of the Copernicus Gesellschaft e.V.