Monthly Archives: January 2018

European Community publishing platform

The EC will fund an Open Research Publishing Platform provisionally entitled ‘Open Research Europe’. The main aim of the platform is to offer Horizon 2020 beneficiaries a free and fast publication possibility for peer reviewed articles as well as pre-prints resulting from Horizon 2020 funding.

According to an “Information Note” the platform will operate on a strictly voluntary basis.

The platform is part of the H2020 Work Plan 2018-2020: Over a duration of 4 years a maximum of 6.4 million € are foreseen for this action and the implementation of the platform will take place through a fully transparent public procurement process.


ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a nonproprietary alphanumeric code to uniquely identify scientific and other academic authors and contributors. It provides a persistent identity for humans, similar to that created for content-related entities on digital networks by digital object identifiers (DOIs). WIAS’ Open Access Commission recommends you to register with ORCID.

ORCiD – how-to

  1. Registration takes 30 seconds
  2. Add your info and enhance your ORCID record with your professional information and link to your other identifiers (such as Scopus or ResearcherID or LinkedIn)
  3. Use your ORCID identifier on your Webpage, when you submit publications, apply for grants, and in any research workflow

Secondary Publication Rights for Scientific Publications

  • secondary publication right modified Urheberrechtsgesetz §38 (4) UrhG
  • allows author of a scientific work to make the manuscript version available to the public
  • scientific work has to be generated in the context of a research activity and published in a periodical collection (at least biannually)
  • law applies to scientific publications in journals and magazines
  • law does not apply to monographs, proceedings, annuals, commemorative publications
  • scientific work was funded minimum 50% by public funds (by federal, state, municipal sources)
  • includes non-university research facilities but not universities
  • period of twelve months has passed after the first publication of the scientific work
  • starting 1. January 2014
  • only publication for non-commercial purposes is allowed
  • source of the first publication has to be named
  • ask your co-authors before re-publishing
  • printed re-publishing is not allowed

Leibniz Open Access Publishing Fund

Publication costs for articles in open access journals can be partly absorbed by the Open Access Publishing Fund of the Leibniz Association. Publishers often charge authors with an “article processing charge (APC)” on open access articles. Please refer to the Open-Access-Commission if you want to use this funding.

Funding Conditions

Previously unpublished articles can be partially (20%) funded under the following conditions and upon the request of the main author:

  • The article was accepted for publication in a journal whose contributions are accessible online fully and immediately with publication free of charge to all users (“genuine open access journal”) and underwent a process of quality assurance before publication. The journal should be listed in the “Directory of Open Access Journals” (DOAJ).
  • A member of an institution of the Leibniz Association is the “corresponding author” or “submitting author” and responsible for the payment of article processing charges. The institute’s affiliation has to be stated in the article.
  • An acknowledgement of the funding has to be added to the article: “The publication of this article was funded by the open access fund of the Leibniz Association”.
  • If the article is not published under a Creative Commons license, a second publication right for institutional and subject-specific repositories must be granted by the publisher before the invoice can be paid.
  • Additional charges for rapid peer review, over length, etc. as well as pure submission fees will not be funded.
  • The article’s processing charges (including tax) do not exceed € 2.000.

Further Information

  • Applications are submitted by the corresponding author via an online form
  • If you have any further questions please contact the project-team: publikationsfonds(at)

source: Open Access Publishing Fund


Forschende am WIAS sind laut der Open Access Leitlinie aufgefordert, in ihren Verlagsverträgen wichtige Autorenrechte für die Veröffentlichung im WIAS Repositorium zurückzubehalten. In der Praxis gibt es dazu zwei Möglichkeiten:

  • Forschende verändern Verlagsverträge, die ihre Rechte auf Hinterlegung ihrer Veröffentlichung WIAS Repositorium einschränken, indem die Forschenden Ausdrücke wie exklusive Abgabe aller Rechte ebenso wie weitere einschränkende Formulierungen deutlich durchstreichen. Ein Begleitbrief soll auf die Änderungen aufmerksam machen. Eine Bestätigung durch den Verlag ist notwendig.
  • Alternativ fügen Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler einen Zusatz bei, der die Hinterlegung der Veröffentlichung im hauseigenen Dokumentenserver regelt (OA Addendum). Dieser Zusatz muss vom Verlag gegengezeichnet werden, um Rechtsgültigkeit zu erlangen.

Einige Beipiele für OA Addenda:

Warum sollte ich mir ein einfaches Nutzungsrecht vom Verlag einräumen lassen? bietet einen kurzen Überblick über die Pros und Kontras zum Thema.


Eine gute Übersicht zum Thema Copyright in der Mathematik (mit angepassten Copyright Vorlagen) bietet auch die Homepage von Prof. Reinhard Diestel an der Uni Hamburg.

Author’s Rights

Publisher’s agreement
According to WIAS’ Open Access Policy all scientists are encouraged to retain their copyright in order to deposit their work on WIAS’ repository. There are two ways to achieve this:

  • Edit the publishers agreement: Publishers often will accept changed agreements: edit wording of contract so that instead of granting exclusive rights to the publisher, you grant non-exclusive rights. Initiate the changes and submit a signed copy to the publisher.
  • Alternatively, you can still sign a publisher’s agreement and retain some rights by adding an addendum (OA Addendum) to the agreement. Author Addenda are legal instruments that modify the publisher’s agreement and allow you to keep key rights to your articles. However, addenda need to be signed by the publisher.

Some examples for OA Addenda:

Why should I retain my copyright? offers a quick review of pros and cons.


Prof. Reinhard Diestel’s homepage at University of Hamburg provides a good overview of copyright in mathematics (including modified copyright examples).


Creative Commons 4.0 International Licenses – Open Content

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution – ShareAlike 4.0 International License. CC BY-SA 4.0

Open Data Commons Licenses – Licenses for databases

Open Data Commons Attributions License ODC-BY 1.0

Public Domain Dedication and License (PDDL) PDDL 1.0

Open Database License (ODC-ODbL, ODbL) ODbL 1.0

GNU General Public Licenses – Licenses for Software

GNU General Public License (GPL) version (#GPLv3#GNUGPL#GNUGPLv3)

GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2 (#GPLv2)

GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) version 3 (#LGPLv3#LGPL)

GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) version 2.1 (#LGPLv2.1)

GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL) version 3 (#AGPLv3#AGPL#AGPLv3.0)

GNU All-Permissive License (#GNUAllPermissive)

MIT License – License for Software

MIT License MIT