Aktuelles zu Open Access - Issue 1

This is the first issue of "Aktuelles zu Open Access" for Leibniz Universität Hannover. It will inform you about Open Access activities at Leibniz Universität Hannover and TIB as well as about general trends in the area of Open Access.

We welcome your comments and suggestions. Please feel free to distribute the information among interested colleagues.


  • Open Access initiative SCOAP³ extended for three years
    SCOAP³ is a worldwide partnership of libraries, funding agencies and research centres with the goal of converting journals in the field of High-Energy Physics to Open Access at no cost for authors. Since 1 January 2014, more than 10,000 articles have been published Open Access. The initiative has been extended for three more years, from January 2017 through December 2019.
  • Open Access journal in linguistics successfully launched
    As a protest against the high subscription rates, the entire editorial board of the renowned linguistic journal "Lingua" resigned in autumn 2015 and founded the new Open Access journal "Glossa", which will be published at no cost for authors. Many authors followed the editors to the new journal and recently the first articles have been published.
  • Open Access journals with OJS
    Open Journal Systems (OJS) is an open source software program for managing and publishing academic journals. The new platform, OJS-de.net, offers information on founding and running an Open Access journal using OJS.
    http://www.ojs-de.net/  (in German)
  • The secondary publication of articles ‒ made easy
    Many academic journals are made accessible to readers by nationally negotiated licences, known as alliance licences, which are funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). These licences include Open Access arrangements that enable publications to be made freely accessible after an embargo period. However, only very few authors have exercised this right so far. In the “DeepGreen” project, researchers endeavour to find a way for this measure to be implemented automatically.
    https://deepgreen.kobv.de/   (in German)
  • Support of ORCID in Germany
    ORCID is a non-proprietary code that allows the unique identification of academic authors and facilitates the assignment of publications, grant proposals, etc. To support its use in Germany, the ORCID-DE project was launched with support of the German Research Foundation (DFG).
    https://dini.de/projekte/orcid-de/  (in German)
  • Finding an appropriate Open Access journal
    It is not always easy to find an appropriate Open Access journal for a specific field. Trusted journals are listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Recently, 3,300 journals, which did not reapply for inclusion, were removed from the DOAJ.

    To check whether a journal is trusted, a simple – but helpful – checklist can be found online:


*** Open Access at Leibniz Universität Hannover and TIB ***


  • Open Access Publishing Fund
    Also in 2016, Leibniz Universität Hannover's Open Access Publishing Fund can be used by all university members to cover the costs of Open Access publications. Since the application for funding was rejected by the German Research Foundation, (DFG) for 2016, it has been covered entirely by Leibniz Universität Hannover and – as before – managed by TIB. The eligibility conditions have been revised and clarified.
  • Open Access in IEEE journals
    TIB has concluded an agreement with IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) for Leibniz Universität Hannover and paid the cost (article processing charges) in advance of a number of CC-BY-licensed articles in IEEE journals, which can be used by members of Leibniz Universität Hannover.
  • Advisory services
    If you have any specific questions or problems, contact us anytime to obtain individual support. We would also be happy to provide consultation sessions and information events at your institute.


You can also find news on Open Access on the TIB-Blog at http://blogs.tib.eu/wp/tib/category/open-access/ (mostly in German)