Publishing and open access
Services offered by the University Library
Do you want to publish your research findings visibly and effectively? Do you need advice regarding legal questions? The University Library offers the following services related to publishing and open access:
Open access stands for free digital access to academic findings, with the goal of maximum dissemination and use. Open access publications are often financed via publication fees. FAU has set up a fund for financing open access publications to promote open access. Furthermore, the funds required for open access should already be considered in proposals for third-party funding projects.
Compulsory open access publication
Open access publication is compulsory for projects which are funded by the new EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020. The project publications must also be archived in a repository for academic full texts. Researchers are free to choose the repository they want to use. We recommend you use the University’s official repository, OPUS FAU. Project publications are registered on the EU platform OpenAIRE. If you archive your publication in OPUS FAU you do not have to register it on OpenAIRE yourself. OPUS FAU is an OpenAIRE 3.0 compliant platform, i.e. when entering the EU project number your publication is automatically deposited on OpenAIRE. Alternatively, you may use subject-specific repositories such as Europe PubMed Centra or arXiv.
There are equivalent obligations regarding open access publication for projects funded by the European Research Council, FP7 with special clause 39, the Wellcome Trust, and the Helmholtz Association’s Initiative and Networking Fund. Further information is available in the SHERPA/JULIET database and in our overview.
FAU University Press is FAU’s own publishing house. FAU University Press publications are mainly published in digital form on the OPUS FAU repository, making them available to the academic world as open access publications. Publication in book form is possible upon the authors’ or editors’ request.
Authors of academic publications face a range of legal questions. What must be observed when preparing author contracts? Which restrictive exploitation rights are recommended and which contract amendments are sensible? Is it possible to publish open access outside of the publishing contract?
Bibliometrics is the quantitative analysis of academic publications using statistics. One of the main uses of bibliometrics is to generate citation indices (such as Web of Science or Scopus), which are used to track the publication activities of researchers, institutes and universities, as well as the impact of the publications.
Research data are an essential part of scientific work and often form the basis for important findings. Digital data cannot be processed without software. Managing data and software effectively in research is an important part of a responsible and quality-focused approach to handling research data with the objective of efficiency, reproducibility, visibility and reuse in further research. This area has received increased attention in science technology and is currently being addressed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the EU Commission and the German Research Foundation (DFG). Funding lines for activities such as documentation, administration, safeguarding data, storing data and publishing data and software in third-party projects are available from some funding providers.
Research data at FAU can be archived and managed in the RADAR repository. Please speak to your University Library contact if you are interested in using this service.
Further services offered by the University Library regarding publishing, literature research, legal questions and networking are listed here: UB Coach