Hamburg State and University Library Carl von Ossietzky

Academic Library · Germany

Publishing Services / Hamburg University Press

Isabella Meinecke, Head of the Department of Electronic Publishing/Hamburg University Press

Program Overview

Hamburg University Press is the open access publishing service of the Hamburg State and University Library (SUB Hamburg). The service publishes hybrid books in gold open access and offers hosting services for scholarly diamond open access journals based on open source software. Hamburg UP provides researchers and scholars with up-to-date services in order to promote institutional publishing according to open science.
  • Publishing activities began: 2002
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
    Long-time engagement in (inter-)national projects, development of standards, and eager to provide professional institutional publishing services
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: German (most), English; open to other languages

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 3.25
  • Individual people: 5
  • Students: Graduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Grants; library materials budget; library operating budget; sales revenue; author fees

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Journals
  • Monographs
  • Multimedia

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 10
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 5
  • Campus-based student-created: 2
  • Contracted by external groups: 3
  • Peer-reviewed: 10
  • Currently inactive or archived: 4
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 5
  • Peer-reviewed: 4


Top Publications:
  • IJRVET. International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training (journal)
  • Rechtsfragen bei Open Science: Ein Leitfaden (monograph)
  • kommunikation@gesellschaft (journal)
  • Neuvermessung der Datenökonomie (anthology)
  • Bedinungsloses Grundeinkommen (anthology)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • History
  • Social sciences
  • Linguistics and literary studies
  • Law
  • Archival science


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students
  • 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: 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: Hosting of diamond open access journals, hybrid monographs, and anthologies in gold open access preferably for the arts and humanities
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): Yes

Technologies & Services

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

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • DOI distribution
  • applying for Cataloging in Publication Data
  • cataloging
  • contract/license preparation
  • copyediting
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • graphic design (print or web)
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • image services
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • marketing
  • metadata
  • outreach
  • print-on-demand
  • training
  • typesetting
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Network
  • PKP
  • In-house


Other Policies:
Slightly different policies for books and journals

Adopted Policies:
DINI - Deutsche Initiative für Netzwerkinformation e. V. - DINI Certificate; COAR; OpenAIRE; COPE; PlanS; DOAJ; DOAB

Additional Information

Last Year:
Start: harmonizing standards and policies for OA books and journals; exploring xml publishing
Future Plans:
Continue: harmonizing standards and policies for OA books and journals; exploring xml publishing; participating in EU project for diamond open access