Open Access

The University of Duisburg-Essen strongly recommends its scientists to publish Open Access. The free availability of OA publications increases the worldwide visibility of research achievements at the UDE.

The UL supports this goal and, in addition to regular literature funds, will provide an OA Publication Fund in 2018 to facilitate the publication of research results in open access journals, monographs and anthologies.

What is the Golden Road?

The Golden Road means publishing scientific information first through open access in journals, monographs and compilations.

In the field of monographs, too, interest in open access publication is growing The UL was successful in attracting a BMBF project to promote monographs in the field of humanities and social sciences.


Funding option

Open Access Publication Fund

The UDE offers its researchers a financial support option for Open Access publishing. The publication fee for articles or monographs can be refunded to the authors via the Open Access Publishing Fund.

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What is the Green Road?

The Green Road means the electronic secondary publication of a work already released by a publisher.

DuEPublico is the digital repository of the UDE that provides long-term preservation, recording and worldwide accessibility.

Legal aspects

The original publication contract regulates secondary publication. The SHERPA-RoMEO list also informs you on the general license terms of several publishers.

Furthermore, articles that were published by UDE authors in a journal with an Alliance or National License may additionally be published on DuEPublico.

When signing your author’s contract, we suggest you claim upon the right to publish a digital copy of your work in an institutional repository.

With a secondary publication on DuEPublico you authorize the University of Duisburg-Essen to store it electronically, to make it openly available, and to distribute it.

The German Copyright Act regulates secondary publication of articles in compilations (cf. § 38). According to this, the author is entitled to publish his articles elsewhere (paragraphs 1, 2 and 3) after one year unless otherwise agreed.
Articles resulting from research financed by at least 50 % through public funding can be published a second time even when the publisher has been granted an exclusive license (paragraph 4).

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Please note:

All contents on these pages are for information purposes only and are not legally binding.