Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsblibliothek Göttingen

Academic Library · Germany

Göttingen University Press

Margo Bargheer, Head of Electronic Publishing

Program Overview

We publish work from scholars associated with Göttingen University and assist authors and editors to publish their works electronically and in print. Our aim is to offer free access to as many publications as possible. Our aim is to publish reviewed high-quality books and journals that due to their specialised or innovative nature will not easily be accepted by commercial publishers. We expect our authors and editors to comply to high standards of scientific integrity, quality, and ethics.
  • Publishing activities began: 2003
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: German; English; all languages supported by university-run reviewing processes

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: Charge backs/cost sharing; grants; library materials budget; library operating budget; sales revenue; author fees

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Educational resources
  • Journals
  • Monographs

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 1
  • Contracted by external groups: 1
  • Peer-reviewed: 1
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 45
  • Peer-reviewed: 45
  • Required fee to enable Open Access: 45
Open Educational Resources Publishing:
  • Open Educational Resources: 3
  • Peer-reviewed Open Educational Resources: 3


Top Publications:
  • Back to Marx (edited volume)
  • Reassembling the Republic of Letters in the Digital Age (anthology)
  • American Crisis (journal special issue)
  • June 1967 in Personal Stories of Palestinians and Israelis (anthology)
  • Göttinger Künstlerlexikon. Maler – Grafiker – Bildhauer – Architekten vom 14. bis zur Mitte des 20. Jahrhunderts (monograph)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Law sciences
  • Social and cultural anthropology
  • Cultural sciences


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: Yes
    Göttingen University Press is an intrinsic part of the university's service portfolio to support researchers in their role as authors and editors. The press runs its own publishing profile and manuscript admission processes and is steered by an editorial board consisting of all faculties' representatives. The university press and the library publishing activities share technical features (all DSpace or OJS-based, PID policy always the same), and staff members collaborate closely.
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: Yes
    Our university's authors are obliged to keep the scientific record remains as complete as possible. Supplementary material such as research data, research software, or extensive digital appendices and audio-visual material should be stored on certified and trusted repositories with DOIs to ensure scientific integrity. We strongly recommend our authors to make use of our specialized repositories on campus. We run joint training and information events to exercise close collaboration across teams.
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Consider external partners if there is a tie to my institution (e.g., local editor of a journal for an external scholarly society)
  • Types of publications should other publishers refer to your program: Unfortunately due to tax and procurement rules other publishers can only refer publications with Göttingen origin to us.
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): Yes

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • images
  • text
  • video
Software & Platforms:
  • DSpace
  • OJS

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • Developmental and/or substantive editing
  • DOI distribution
  • applying for Cataloging in Publication Data
  • budget preparation
  • business model development
  • cataloging
  • compiling indexes and/or TOCs
  • copyediting
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • graphic design (print or web)
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • marketing
  • metadata
  • outreach
  • peer review management
  • print-on-demand
  • training
  • typesetting
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • In-house


Adopted Policies:
COPE guidelines for publication ethics; Singapore Statement of Research Integrity; Helsinki Initiative on Multilingualism

Additional Information

Last Year:
As a default for edited volumes and anthologies we issue DOIs now for book chapters.
Future Plans:
We are currently looking at how we can incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals classification into our publications. With the advent of artificial intelligence in texting such as ChatGPT, our university needs to rethink how research assessment is conducted and the extent to which publishing activities need to reflect the new ethical implications of research production and assessment.