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Teaching, Research & Publishing

The possibilities of scientific publishing have become more diverse in the course of digitalisation in science. We support you in all aspects of open access publications.

Open Access

Open Access offers society free access to scientific literature. Publications are published digitally and can be made permanently accessible to all interested parties without financial, technical or legal barriers. In this way, Open Access supports scientific exchange and the visibility of research results. It ensures that the results of publicly funded research are available and re-usable by society.


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University Bibliography (OPUS)

Your publications are recorded in the university bibliography. The meta data are recorded according to bibliographic standards and are searchable via library catalogues and search engines. This improves the dissemination of your research and teaching achievements and increases visibility. The publication lists can be integrated into your personal website.

Please report new publications via form (individual publications) or informally via email (publication list) to our OPUS team opusbibliothek.fh-aachen.de.

Repository for OA Publications (OPUS)

The library offers all members of FH Aachen the opportunity to publish qualified scientific full-text documents online free of charge ("Open Access") on the publication server OPUS.

The documents are recorded bibliographically according to international standards. The full texts stored on OPUS are given the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for long-term archiving and are, thereby, made available on a long-term basis.

The supervisor's consent is required for the publication of student papers.

Please submit new publications via the form (individual publications) or informally via email (publication list) to our OPUS team opusbibliothek.fh-aachen.de.

If you would like to publish the full text of your publication in OPUS, please attach a completed and signed author contract.

Support services for Open Access publications at FH Aachen

The publication of scientific articles in open access journals is becoming increasingly important in the course of digitalisation in science. The proportion of freely accessible publications in Germany already accounts for more than 57% of all publications in the last 4 years. (Source: Open Access Monitor, as of 02/02/2023). Free access to scientific knowledge for all is intended to break down payment barriers and make scientific publishing more open. This is supported by the German Council of Science and Humanities, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and numerous research funding organisations, among others.

The library currently finances open access publications with the publishers Elsevier, Springer Nature and Wiley as part of the DEAL contracts and in the PLOS journals.

The Vice Rectorate for Research, Innovation and Transfer funds open access publications with publishers that are not covered by the library. Applications can be made for partial funding of Open Access publication fees up to a maximum of €1,000.

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