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Open-Access-Services of the University Library

The University Library offers support and advice for members of the University of Siegen to make their publications available as a first or second publication.


University publishing house universi

Members of the University of Siegen can publish their Open Access publications in the university publishing house universi and will be advised and editorially supervised.

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Publication platform for publishing Open Access Journals – Open Journal Systems (OJS)

As a member of the University of Siegen, the university publishing house universi offers you the opportunity to manage and publish own quality-tested Open Access journals based on the journal management systems Open Journal Systems (OJS)

The software provides convenient handling for the entire electronic publication process. The software comes as part of a cooperation between the University Library of Siegen and the Center für Digitale Systeme (CeDiS) at the Free University of Berlin.

The Online-Tutorials of CeDiS will give you initial information on the use of the journal management system.

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Open Access Publishing Fund for articles in journals

The University of Siegen supports its scientists in financing Open Access publication fees in genuine Open Access journals as well as Open Access monographs and has set up Open Access Publishing Fund for Article Processing Charges (APCs) and Book Processing Charges (BPCs). Further information on the Publication Funds, the eligibility criteria and the application forms can be found on the information pages of the publishing funds.

 Here you find a list of the most quoted Open Access Journals.


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OPUS Siegen

Scientists at the University of Siegen can provide their scientific publications in full-text on the Open Access repository of the University of Siegen OPUS Siegen permanently, at no cost and with little effort - unless there are legal reasons against it.

Through professional development, the document will be searchable through local, national and international search services.

On OPUS Siegen you can make use of your secondary exploitation right (§ 38(4) UrhG) and assign the UB a simple (non-exclusive) right of use.

OPUS Siegen guarantees the permanent archiving of documents and thus the guarantee of citability.


Consortial and cooperative Open Access financing

In addition to assisting authors with open access publication funds for repaying Article Processing Charges in genuine Open Access journals and Book Processing Charges in Open Access monographs, Siegen University Library is also involved in the financing of Open Access content in a consortium and cooperative manner.

With the participation in the project DEAL Siegen University Library promotes the transition of scholarly publishing in Germany to Open Access. It allows authors of Siegen University to publish articles open access in hybrid journals of Springer Nature and Wiley. Additionally discounts on fees for the publication of articles in pure open access journals are granted.

As part of the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP ³) the University Library supports magazine publishers in the transition from a subscription-based business model to a publication-cost-based cooperative Open Access model.

In addition, Siegen University Library has joined forces with other scientific institutions in consortia within the framework of Knowledge Unlatched (KU), transcript OPEN library Medienwissenschaft, and the project KOALA Social Science. The financing of Open Access e-books and journals is each done by paying a defined fee per institution. Authors are not financially involved.

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We will be happy to inform you in a personal conversation, telephonically, or via e-mail about

  • Your opportunities to publish at the University of Siegen Open Access
  • Promotion possibilities for Open Access publications
  • Financing options for Open Access publications
  • Discounts for article processing fee
  • New developments in Open Access
  • Open-Content-Licenses
  • Quality criteria for Open Access publishers

Open Access-Team

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