Open Access at RWTH Aachen University
Open Access is open access to scholarly literature online. The concept originals from academics' initiative, who aimed at improving academic communication. RWTH Aachen University Library supports you with the Open Access publication of your work.
1. Self Archiving
RWTH Aachen Publication Server
The publication server offers you the possibility to published previously published works again to increase their visibility.
Publication is free of charge to you. Your work is professionally published online, where it will find a large audience. It is assigned an address making it reliably citable.
2. The Best Way
The best way is to directly publish your work as open access. This option is open to journal articles as well as the initial publication of reports, conference proceedings, and more.
Open access journals often charge a fee (Article Processing Charge / APC / Author Fee / Publikationsgebühr) just like traditional journals. These costs can often be covered by the faculty or project funding. Please review your options in advance.
Alternatively, the University Library pays the author fee for journals from a few publishers, if you are named as the corresponding/submitting author and RWTH is listed as your affiliation. You may be able to get a discount on the publication fees through the Library's institutional memberships.
Der Urheber eines wissenschaftlichen Beitrags, der im Rahmen einer mindestens zur Hälfte mit öffentlichen Mitteln geförderten Forschungstätigkeit entstanden und in einer periodisch mindestens zweimal jährlich erscheinenden Sammlung erschienen ist, hat auch dann, wenn er dem Verleger oder Herausgeber ein ausschließliches Nutzungsrecht eingeräumt hat, das Recht, den Beitrag nach Ablauf von zwölf Monaten seit der Erstveröffentlichung in der akzeptierten Manuskriptversion öffentlich zugänglich zu machen, soweit dies keinem gewerblichen Zweck dient. Die Quelle der Erstveröffentlichung ist anzugeben. Eine zum Nachteil des Urhebers abweichende Vereinbarung ist unwirksam. (§ 38, 4 UrhG).
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Studies confirm that Open Access publications are more commonly read and can thus be cited more often.
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RWTH Aachen Document Server
Our document server RWTH Publications offers you the possibility to published previously published work again, in order to increase visibility. The publication is free of charge. Your work will be professionally published online and gain greater circulation. It is assigned a stable address, thus making it reliably citable.
Do you want to publish your article for a second time with us?
There are two options:
1. Your article has already been entered into RWTH Publications: Send us the pdf of your article via email to OpenAccess@ub.rwth-aachen.de with the comment that you would like to publish the piece a second time.
2. Your article is not yet in RWTH Publications: Enter your publication or import the bibliographic information via DOI important and add the pdf of your published work. Let us know that you are interested in secondary publication in the field "Internal note to library staff" at the end of the form.
2. The Golden Way
With the Golden Way you publish your work directly as open access. This option lends itself to journal pieces, the first publications of reports, conference proceedings, and more.
Open Access journals often charge author fees (Article Processing Charge / APC / Author Fee / Publikationsgebühr) just like classical journals . These costs are often carried by the faculty or project funding. Please check this option in advance.
You can profit from a discount on the publication fees of some publishing companies through the Library's institutional memberships.
The Best Way at RWTH Aachen
RWTH Aachen University Publication Server
Publication on our publication server is free of charge for you. It is suitable for the initial publication of books, conference proceedings, reports, preprints, and much more.
Electrochemical Society (ECS)
The Electrochemical Society (ECS) is the publisher of the journals in the fields of chemistry, electrical engineering, metrology and control engineering, and process engineering. It offers scientific authors at RWTH Aachen the option to publish work as open access in accordance with the program Author Choice Open Access free of charge in 2014 and 2015 due to the University Library's subscription status.
SCOAP3 - Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics
In collaboration with the RWTH Aachen Department of Physics, the University Library is involved in SCOAP³-HD - the Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics, German Universities.
The worldwide Open Access initiative aims at making scholarly publications in high-energy physics accessible to all. At the beginning of 2014, numerous core journals were systematically transferred to Open Access. Articles are now published under the Creative Commons license "Attribution" (CC BY). The consortium assumes the publication fees.
MDPI - Open Access Publishing
The Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) publishes more than 110 Open Access journals. You receive a 10% discount off of publication fees through the Library's institutional membership.
American Chemical Society (ACS)
The American Chemical Society (ACS) publishes numerous journals in the field of chemistry and neighboring disciplines. It offers scientific authors at RWTH Aahcen a discount on publication fees through the University Library's subscription status.
Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
The Royal Society of Chemistry publishes more than 40 peer-reviewed journals in the field od chemistry and neighboring disciplines. In 2018 it offers scientific authors at RWTH Aachen a discount of 15% on publication fees for its subscription bound journals through the University Library's subscription status.
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
The American Association for the Advancement of Science publishes 6 peer-reviewed journals. For the journal Science Advances authors receive a 15% discount off of publication fees (APC) from 15.05.2018 until 2019 through the Library's institutional membership. AAAS-Members receive a further reduction of 4%.
The RWTH holds a license to the database ECS Plus since 2019. It contains the online media of the Electrochemical Society. Members of the RWTH are entitled to publish open access in these media. For further information please see the product sheet.
ECS (The Electrochemical Society) is a non-for-profit company located in the USA who publishes in the area of electrical chemistry and solid state research.
The publications in the ECS-journals are indexed in Google/Google Scholar, Web of Science, Scopus, Chemical Abstracts (CAS), Engineering Index, ChemPort, INSPEC, ProQuest etc.
The authors affiliated with the RWTH are entitled to publish their articles in the ECS’s publications open access with no further charge and without limitations to the number of articles published. Articles published in 2019 but not open access can be converted to open access ex post.