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FAQ: OPUS Siegen

What is OPUS Siegen?

With OPUS Siegen (OPUS = Online-Publication-Server) the University Library is supplying a free publication and document server through which electronic documents from the University of Siegen can be published, provided, archived and searched. Recognized quality standards are kept by the University Library, which also provides necessary publishing consultation and support.

Our OPUS-flyer (in German) provides you with the most important information about OPUS Siegen.

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What advantages does electronic publishing in OPUS Siegen offer?

You can publish documents quickly and cost-effectively in OPUS Siegen. By means of professional indexing with metadata, your document can be searched in local, national and international search tools, achieving fast and global availability independent of time and place. OPUS Siegen assures long-term archival, also meaning long-term citeability, of your documents. For example, all documents carry a Uniform Resource Name URN, which is stored together with the document by the German National Library on its archive server, guaranteeing long and stable addressability.

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Can I publish my documents elsewhere if they are also in OPUS Siegen?

The author of a document owns all rights to his work according to copyright law. If you first publish your document in OPUS Siegen, you grant a non-exclusive exploitation right to the University Library, i.e. you may publish your document elsewhere. If you have already published your work elsewhere, you must first ascertain whether you are authorized to also publish it in OPUS Siegen, or whether other rightful owners (e.g. a publisher) must also give their consent.

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Can documents in OPUS Siegen be erased or altered?

In general it is not possible to change or erase documents. Documents containing desired changes must be added anew; this would correspond to a new edition of a printed publication.

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Can publications in OPUS Siegen be quoted?

Publications in OPUS Siegen are principally the same as conventional publications and can therefore be quoted. The terms of International Standard ISO 690-2 give guidelines for quoting electronic sources. Please also assure their citability, when writing your document.

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How can documents be viewed?

Documents in OPUS are in PDF format. To view them you need Acrobat Reader, which can be installed as a plug-in on your browser. Then a PDF document then appears within the browser. However, the browser can be configured so that Acrobat Reader is automatically opened with the document as an external window. Acrobat Reader is available free of charge and can be downloaded from Adobe.

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Can documents be printed?

Documents can be printed using Acrobat Reader.

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How can I research in OPUS Siegen?

You have several possibilities to research documents in OPUS Siegen:

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Who may publish documents in OPUS Siegen?

Persons affiliated with the University of Siegen (students, faculty and researchers) may publish electronic documents in OPUS Siegen.

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Which documents may be published in OPUS Siegen?

Presently the following documents can be electronically published in OPUS Siegen:

  • doctoral thesis
  • post-doctoral thesis
  • thesis for state exams, Diploma, Bachelor and Master degrees (only with recommendation of the tutor)
  • books (e.g. a series of documents)
  • other electronic publications
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What is required of documents in OPUS Siegen?

  • Documents in OPUS Siegen are publshed once in original format and once as PDF. That means you normally must convert your documents into PDF format before you can load them into OPUS Siegen.
  • You should also consider the formal design of your document early in the writing process.
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How can documents be loaded into OPUS Siegen?

You can load your electronic documents conveniently using the registration form in OPUS Siegen. You will be led step by step through each phase and be provided with specific tips.

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