Scientific.Net: Many contents of the engineering science database still freely available

TIB successfully negotiates an extension of the Scientific.Net licence with TransTech Publications for the years 2020-2022

The alliance licence negotiated by the TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology for the database "Scientific.Net: Materials Science and Engineering" published by Trans Tech Publications (TTP) will be funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for a further three years. For the year 2020, 17 academic institutions - ten universities and seven research institutions - from Germany are participating in the consortium; five more than at the start in 2018. 

The full text database contains publications in the fields of materials science, materials research and solid state physics. These include highly topical contributions of nanoscience and biomedical engineering. In addition, the e-book series "Foundations of Materials Science and Engineering" is now offered with two to three new publications per year.

Free access to many TTP publications for scientific institutions and private persons

In addition to licensing the Scientific.Net database for the 17 consortium members, the TIB has also negotiated that the contents of the database published  from 2020-2022 will be freely accessible to scientific institutions and private individuals after a one-year embargo period. The only prerequisite for this is registration via  This is being financed entirely from TIB funds.

Advantages for consortium members

Consortium members have access to all contents of the database and also receive a 50 percent discount on the TTP list price, the annual price increase is limited to a maximum of two percent. They also benefit from the DFG's funding of the Alliance licence. Within the scope of the "Wissenschaftliche Literaturversorgungs- und Informationssysteme (LIS)" (Scientific Library Services and Information Systems) programme, 25 percent of the institutions' ongoing licence fees are covered by the DFG.

Authors from participating institutions can place their articles in a freely selectable repository in the form of a publisher's PDF after a six-month embargo period or immediately after publication for a fee of 500 Euros. The TIB and TTP will also cooperate in the identification of articles. These licence conditions allow further steps in the transformation towards Open Access.

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