What is LeibnizOpen?

LeibnizOpen offers a central point of access to freely available digital publications authored by researchers of Leibniz association. The LeibnizOpen databank is supplied by a variety of full text repositories run by Leibniz institutions. LeibnizOpen serves as a means to implement the "Open Access Policy of the Leibniz Association 2016-2020" (in German), which aims to facilitate free exchange of the quality assured research results as defined the "Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities".

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What content can be accessed?

LeibnizOpen indexes open access publications of Leibniz institutions across all disciplines and sections, making full texts immediately accessible. Its content reflects the whole range of topics and publication types which are generated in the context of research and education activities at the Leibniz institutions. Its objective is to make the greatest number of publications already available in other publication forms accessible in the form of PDFs. At the same time, Leibniz Association intends to facilitate access in particular to original contributions not published online at any other location. This applies (amongst others) to reports, lecture manuscripts and university theses or dissertations, provided that they have been authorized by a Leibniz institution.

The range of publications in LeibnizOpen includes books, journal contributions and essays, collected works, research reports, working papers, university theses, and conference papers, etc. Leibniz Open also contains secondary publications of contributions by Leibniz researchers first published in Open Access.

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Will research data also be made available in LeibnizOpen?

No, to date only text publications are comprised in LeibnizOpen. Numerous Leibniz institutions are however developing and operating projects and services related to research data management (processing, archiving and verifying research data) as well as data sharing.

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Who runs LeibnizOpen?

The technical platform of LeibnizOpen is run by the Leibniz Headquarters in cooperation with GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences.

On behalf of the Working Group Open Access of the Leibniz Association, a working group made up of representatives of the LeibnizOpen repositories is responsible for the concept development and implementation of LeibnizOpen. They also provide contact persons in order to support participating Leibniz institutions and their researchers.

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Who is behind the publications listed in LeibnizOpen (besides the authors)?

Each Leibniz institution is responsible for the contents they authorize for indexing in LeibnizOpen. The issuing Leibniz institution is mentioned in the metadata of each publication indexed in LeibnizOpen.

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How is quality control of publications provided for?

The reviewing status of the publication content corresponds to a respective process applied by the publisher or by the issuing or editing institution (peer review, reviewing process in case of university publications etc.).

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How is legal certainty guaranteed?

Participating Leibniz institutions are responsible for ensuring the integrity and authenticity of the documents and guaranteeing legal certainty on the basis of copyright law and the data protection law. The authors’ copyright remains untouched. The publication of documents in repositories as well as their verification in LeibnizOpen does not conflict with the possibility of further publication in academic journals, monographs, or in other publication servers. Conversely, the authors or editors of the documents are responsible for the non-infringement of copyrights and exploitation rights of third parties.

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What terms of use apply to publications accessible via LeibnizOpen?

The terms of use for each publication in LeibnizOpen are linked in the full record view (field "Terms of Use"). In downloading the publication, the user confirms his or her agreement with the terms of use.

Different terms and conditions may apply to publications according to the publishing contract and repository.

Further usage possibilities exist for publications made available under a Creative Commons license. In this case, the Creative Commons license is also indicated in the full record view under “Terms of Use”.

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How is indexing and metadata quality in LeibnizOpen provided for?

The institutions maintaining repositories the LeibnizOpen is built upon, jointly with the contact persons at the Leibniz institutions (in most cases the library of the institution), guarantee thorough indexing and control of the metadata prior to document release. Subject indexing of the documents is generally carried out by the authors themselves or by their libraries.

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How is long-term availability and citability provided for?

The long-term availability of the content is ensured by the allocation of permanent and persistent identifiers such as URN, DOI or Handles. The repositories linked with LeibnizOpen take part in various national projects in order to ensure the long term archiving and lasting availability of documents.

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How are publications made as visible as possible?

The publications in LeibnizOpen are indexed in the participating repositories by search engines. The repositories are also integrated into subject portals such as EconBiz, GetInfo, LIVIVOhttp://www.greenpilot.de/beta2/app/4f9a37761128b6dc3252d5887b1f69d4?LANGUAGE=en, SOWIPORT, Fachportal Pädagogik, Fachportal Linguistik etc., which ensures increased visibility. Furthermore, the content of LeibnizOpen is available via a standardized interface (OAI-PMH) at /OAIHandler/request?verb=Identify or harvesting by external data providers (portals, repositories).

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