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|Title:||Promoting open access in Germany as illustrated by a recent project at the Library of the University of Konstanz|
|Author(s):||Anja Kersting, (Library of the University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany), Karlheinz Pappenberger, (Library of the University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany)|
|Citation:||Anja Kersting, Karlheinz Pappenberger, (2009) "Promoting open access in Germany as illustrated by a recent project at the Library of the University of Konstanz", OCLC Systems & Services, Vol. 25 Iss: 2, pp.105 - 113|
|Keywords:||Germany, Open systems, Publishing, University libraries|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/10650750910961901 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – With the illustration of a best practice example for an implementation of open access in a scientific institution, the paper will be useful in fostering future open access projects.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper starts with a brief overview of the existing situation of open access in Germany. The following report describes the results of a best practice example, added by the analysis of a survey on the position about open access by the scientists at the University of Konstanz.
Findings – The dissemination of the advantages of open access publishing is fundamental for the success of implementing open access in a scientific institution. For the University of Konstanz, it is shown that elementary factors of success are an intensive cooperation with the head of the university and a vigorous approach to inform scholars about open access. Also, some more conditions are essential to present a persuasive service: The Library of the University of Konstanz offers an institutional repository as an open access publication platform and hosts open journal systems for open access journals. High-level support and consultation for open access publishing at all administrative levels is provided. The integration of the local activities into national and international initiatives and projects is pursued for example by the joint operation of the information platform open-access.net.
Originality/value – The paper offers insights in one of the most innovative open access projects in Germany. The University of Konstanz belongs to the pioneers of the open access movement in Germany and is currently running a successful open access project.
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