Open Access und DuEPublico Open Access and DuEPublico

As a central document and publication server of Duisburg Essen University, DuEPublico is not only a platform for teaching material and dissertations. DuEPublico also offers you, in addition to pure verification of your dissertation in the university bibliography, the possibility to archive your publication online in full text form and to make it freely accessible worldwide in the spirit of Open Access. This is not only possible as an alternative to publishing in print form, but in most cases is, additionally, expressly permitted by German copyright law and / or by means of publisher's policies and authors' contracts as a right of secondary exploitation. In the following you will find further information about Open Access and publishing in full text in DuEPublico.

Tutorial: Placing e-publications in DuEPublico (German version)

What is Open Access?

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Open Access means public access to scientific results via the Internet free of charge. The users can read, copy, disseminate, print out, search and refer to the full texts without any financial, legal or technical barriers. Open Access can be understood on the one hand as an alternative to traditional publication schemes and, on the other hand as an additional possibility of publishing already printed (postprint) or still-to-be-printed (preprint) publications via the Internet.

"In a digitised and networked information society access to information worldwide for everybody at any time from any place for purposes of education and science must be guaranteed!" states the Göttingen Declaration on Copyright for Education and Research dated July 5th 2004, through whose signing Duisburg-Essen University supports the Open Access movement.

See also the Open Access declaration of the University Duisburg-Essen.

Advantages of Open Access

From the point of view of authors, Open Access offers

  • higher visibility and frequency of citation through free access worldwide.
  • shorter duration of publishing – the document is available worldwide immediately after completion.
  • good findability via search engines and confirmation services.
  • assurance of priority.
  • improvement of research efficiency through rapid discussion of research results.
  • lower production and distribution costs.

The advantages for research and teaching are

  • quick access, free of charge, to current, publicly financed research data.
  • unlimited reading, copying, distribution, printing, searching and referencing of academic publications.
  • improvement of information supply and way out of the periodical crisis.
  • long-term availability of publications.

See in this regard the detailed explanations given on the Open Access page.

Two ways to Open Access

Various routes lead to the free accessability of academic publications in the spirit of the Open Access concept. Via the "green way" your publication is published in parallel on an institutional document server such as DuEPublico. Via the "golden way", you as the author use the possibility to submit your contributions directly in Open Access journals and to publish monographs and collected editions on Open Access platforms.

Open Access: Two ways

With DuEPublico on the "green road" to Open Access

According to German copyright law you as author may publish essays that have been published in periodicals, one year after their appearance in freely accessible manner on the Internet unless expressly excluded by your publishing contract. In addition, many publishers generally allow the dissemination of authors' copies on institutional servers through publisher's policies, even when rights of publication have been assigned to them.

Duisburg Essen University library emphatically recommends to all academics that they insist on exploitation rights for the electronic versions when concluding authors' contracts with scientific publishers. Besides the effect of free and unrestricted access to the results of creative work the growing availability of Open Access provides an impressive overview of the academic activities of Duisburg Essen University.

Should you wish secondary publishing in DuEPublico, then

  • check your publisher's contract whether secondary publishing (post-print) is possible.
  • make use of the SHERPA-RoMEO list to find out the conditions for a secondary publication in DuEPublico. This list contains license terms and conditions of a multitude of academic publishers.
  • look in our overview whether a right of secondary exploitation for your publication applies within the context of the national license contracts . The list contains the participant publishers and their conditions.
  • inform your co-authors, as applicable, about your intention to pursue secondary publication. The authors' copyrights remain fully protected.

Make use of your rights and additionally publish your research results, as far as is admissible, in DuEPublico and, by doing so, help to disseminate them.

Why Open Access?

Academic publications are usually financed from the public purse, with substantial funds being made available for research, preparation of the contents, quality inspection by reviewers and editorial work. When these publications are edited as publishers' releases according to the traditional business model, libraries and scientific institutions have in turn to spend substantial funds to acquire these publications and make them accessible to their users. Open Access is an attempt to bring this situation an end.

Open Access is designed to make a faster and more extensive dissemination of academic knowledge possible so as to achieve the greatest possible use for science and society. This goal is also supported by those who signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, such as Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Community), the Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (association of universities and other higher education institutions in Germany), and Max-Planck- and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

Open Access is based on the principle that there should be free and equal access for all to results of academic work. Open Access publications achieve a high degree of general accessibility and availability. It is proven that they are read more often than limited access publications, with the result that achievements of university academics are noticed more clearly.

Some of the text passages are by kind courtesy of Berlin Humboldt University.

Links and further information

Further general information about Open Access can be found on the information platform at This platform has the aim of covering the growing demand for information on the subject of Open Access. It pools previously dispersed information and makes it available for various target groups and scenarios.