2.1 Open Access at RWTH Aachen University
RWTH Aachen University encourages its scientists to publish their research results in line with the spirit of the Open Access movement and also supports the implementation of the Open Access model in accordance with the "Berliner Erklärung" on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities of 22 October 2003. Open Access publishing makes the research results of RWTH Aachen University visible worldwide, more easily findable and thus more citable. Publication in reviewed Open Access journals and timely secondary publication of all publications where possible on the RWTH Publications repository is therefore recommended. (s. "Open-Access-Policy")
The institutional repository RWTH Publications provides free and professional online publishing in accordance with the Open Access model. Each publication is assigned a stable address (DOI), is visible worldwide and can be reliably cited.
In the case of a 2.1.1 First publication first publication, your documents are assigned a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and published directly under Open Access. This approach is suitable for the following documents:
- Examination theses
- Proceedings from symposia
- Research data
2.1.2 Self archiving
126.96.36.199 Classic self-publication
In the case of a Second publication (Self Archiving) authors of scientific articles in collective works (periodicals and collections published at least twice a year) have had a non-exclusive right of use since 1 January 2014 to publish their articles on the internet (cf. Section 38 (4) UrhG (Act on Copyright and Related Rights)). However, at least half of the scientific publications must consist of research activities where the funding has come from public sources (DFG, BMBF, EU, other third-party funding or research institutions external to the university).
- If the publisher so permits, the PDF can be published in the publisher's layout. Otherwise the PDF can be in an accepted manuscript version.
- Co-authorship: As with all other types of use, an author must obtain the consent of the co-authors involved if the right to a second publication is to be exercised.
- Indication of source: The original publication must be named in the manuscript version. Some publishers have specific wording for this.
- Check your publishing contract for the exact wording. This can, for example, be "no geographical restrictions", "solely" or "exclusively". It is also worth looking at Sherpa Romeo. The most common conditions for second publications from numerous publishers can be found there.
188.8.131.52 Journal articles from Open Access journals
Journal articles from Open Access journals are made available in parallel at RWTH Publications.
Open Access articles with an Open Content license are made available directly at RWTH Publications along with an indication of the relevant license. The full texts are hosted on the RWTH server and a specifically generated DOI guarantees permanent and stable addressing of the article at RWTH Publications.
(s. 2.4 Standardized Open Content Licenses)
2.2 Two ways of making a full text available
2.2.1 Publications which have not yet been entered
- Select the menu item "Submit“ and then a document type which corresponds to your document.
- Complete the form provided as described in Point 3.3 Application and usage: Submit .
- Upload your document (in PDF format if it is a text publication) or research data by using the upload function (“Please upload your full text”) which can also be found at the end of the form.
- Click on the Author's Agreement and the Declaration on the Granting of Rights at the end of the form. The UB accepts Author's Agreements in written form (printed and signed in the original) or in electronic form. Author's Agreements in electronic form must be signed either with a qualified electronic signature or with an advanced electronic signature created with a certificate of the DFN-PKI (see Instruction). Please note that for legal reasons we are not allowed to accept Author's Agreements that are only signed with a simple electronic signature or a scanned signature.
2.2.2 Publications which have already been entered
- Search for the data set in RWTH Publications and open this in the detailed view.
- Click on the link “Submit fulltext” on the lower right.
- An e-mail program will open. Please attach the files (in PDF format if it is a text publication) to the e-mail and send the e-mail to the address which has already been entered. You can also send any agreements which you have made with publishers as well as any relevant correspondence with them.
- We need an Author's Agreement for every full text which is to be published. In the case of research data, we require the Entitlement. The UB accepts Author's Agreements in written form (printed and signed in the original) or in electronic form. Author's Agreements in electronic form must be signed either with a qualified electronic signature or with an advanced electronic signature created with a certificate of the DFN-PKI (see Instruction). Please note that for legal reasons we are not allowed to accept Author's Agreements that are only signed with a simple electronic signature or a scanned signature.
2.3 Communicated-by regulation
In order to maintain quality, the consent of the head of the institute is required when examination theses are being published (exceptions here are dissertations and habilitation theses as well as documents where the director of the institute is named as the author). Please insert the following wording on the first page here: “Communicated by [name of institute director]"
2.4 Standardized Open Content Licenses
We recommend that you use standardized Open Content licenses to individually define the rights of use relating to your publication. The CC-Lizenz (Creative Commons) has become established in the scientific field. As a non-profit organization, Creative Commons (CC) offers ready-made license agreements which can be used as an aid for authors who are releasing legally protected content. The authors can adopt the CC license agreements and then, for example, define in the text themselves what may and may not be done with the content in question. In the case of CC licenses, the holders of copyrights and ancillary copyrights grant users more freedom than is already permitted by copyright law. The current version is 4.0. Users can choose between six different standard license agreements.
The license CC0 1.0 Universell (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedicationis often used in the area of research data. A person who has linked a work to this license has made this work available in the public domain. In this case, all copyrights and related protective rights are waived worldwide provided no legal conflict exists."Copyright Protection of Research Data“ fact sheet) but this protection is still a condition for the granting of a license.
A further Open Content license in the scientific field is the DPPL (Digital Peer Publishing Lizenz)