Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

University Library of Erlangen-Nürnberg

Academic Library · Germany

FAU University Press

Markus Putnings, Senior Librarian, Publishing Manager
Phone: +49-9131-8527835

Program Overview

The University Library of Erlangen-Nürnberg manages the open access publishing house FAU University Press on behalf of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and its Open Science Policy (doi: 10.5281/zenodo.5602559). The aim is to publish and disseminate selected publications by members of the university quickly and cost-effectively in open access and optionally also in print. The published Open Access books cover the entire spectrum of disciplines taught at FAU.
  • Publishing activities began: 2011
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: German; English; other

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: Yes
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 3
  • Individual people: 6
  • Funding sources: Library materials budget; library operating budget; sales revenue; author fees

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Expansive digital publications
  • Journals
  • Monographs

Journal Publishing:
  • Currently inactive or archived: 1
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 65
  • Peer-reviewed: 62
  • Required fee to enable Open Access: 65


Top Publications:
  • Researching Academic Freedom: Guidelines and Sample Case Studies (book)
  • State Duty to Protect and Corporate Responsibility for Human Rights in Global Supply Chains (book)
  • Valuing Local Ownership: Refugees and Municipalities as Actors in the Search for Sustainable Solutions to Displacement (book)
  • Invasice Computing (book)
  • Wearable Computing Applications in eHealth (book)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Humanities
  • Engineering and materials sciences
  • Natural sciences
  • Law
  • Social sciences


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs; individual faculty
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: Yes
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Open to working with any external partner
  • Types of publications should other publishers refer to your program: FAU accepts only monographic works by members of FAU, i.e. such works are welcome to be referred to us.
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • text
Software & Platforms:
  • DSpace
  • WordPress

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • DOI distribution
  • cataloging
  • contract/license preparation
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISBN registry
  • marketing
  • metadata
  • peer review management
  • print-on-demand
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • In-house


Adopted Policies: