Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

State and University Library Göttingen

Electronic Publishing

Primary Contact:
Margo Bargheer
Head of Electronic Publishing
+49 551 39 91188

Program Overview

The library provides Open Access oriented publishing services to researchers, including Goettingen University Press, repositories for theses and peer-reviewed publications. In addition, a central Open Access fund has been established, which covers article processing charges and monitors the uptake of Gold Open Access at the University. These service areas are combined with strategic involvement in national and international initiatives, such as the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) and OpenAIRE, the European-wide Open Access infrastructure for publications. These institutional activities work in both directions: they are crucial for enhancing local services and vice versa feed experiences and lessons learned into international collaborations.

Year publishing activities began: 1996

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (3); paraprofessional staff (2)

Funding sources (%): library materials budget (10); library operating budget (40); non-library campus budget (15); grants (5); sales revenue (15); licensing revenue (1); other (14)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2015:

Library publications in 2015: campus-based student-driven journals (1); monographs (32); textbooks (3); technical/research reports (4); faculty conference papers and proceedings (12); ETDs (590); I listed our exhibition catalogues under textbooks. We also publish annals that I listed under monographs-

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Number of paid titles:

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Media formats: text; audio; DVD

Disciplinary specialties: P2P communication in law sciences (proceedings, pre-legislation dircours); environmental history

Top publications: Sex and Gender in Biomedicine; Wood Production, Wood Technology, and Biotechnological Impacts,; Rechtliche Rahmenbedingungen von Open-Access-Publikationen,; Mathematische Grundlagen in Biologie und Geowissenschaften,; Poems at the Edge of Differences,

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students

External partners: information hub on Open Access,, FADAF, NW-FVA, OAPEN, Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, working group of German university presses, several German project partners that also run library publishing activities

Publishing platform(s): DSpace; locally developed software

Digital preservation strategy: in-house

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); print-on-demand; typesetting; copy-editing; marketing; outreach; training; analytics; cataloging; metadata ISSN registry; ISBN registry; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; open URL support; dataset management; peer review management; business model development; budget preparation; contract/license preparation; author copyright advisory; other author advisory; digitization; image services; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Projects and infrastructure for research data management and virtual research environments are becoming a more important part of our service portfolio. We will work on bringing these activities into networked infrastructures.
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