Heidelberg University

Heidelberg University Library

Academic Library · Germany

Heidelberg University Publishing


Anja Konopka, Editorial office and proofreading
Phone: +49 6221 54 2569
Email: konopka@ub.uni-heidelberg.de

Program Overview

The mission of Heidelberg University Publishing is to provide open access to outstanding academic publications. We see the opportunities afforded by digital publishing as a way to advance the visibility of research output beyond the confines of academic disciplines. For us, this means that we publish open access, follow a consistent e-strategy, use innovative digital publication formats, and ensure quality through a peer review process (usually double blind).
  • Publishing activities began: 2015
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: German, English, French, Italian

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: Yes
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 6
  • Individual people: 14
  • Students: Graduate student(s); undergraduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Library operating budget; non-library campus budget; sales revenue; author fees

Publishing Activities

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

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 7
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 6
  • Contracted by external groups: 1
  • Peer-reviewed: 5
  • Currently inactive or archived: 2
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 24
  • Peer-reviewed: 19
Open Educational Resources Publishing:
  • Open Educational Resources: 5


Top Publications:
  • Konradin (1252–1268) | Corradino di Svevia (1252–1268): Eine Reise durch Geschichte, Recht und Mythos (Monograph)
  • Das Mittelalter. Perspektiven mediävistischer Forschung (Journal)
  • Wir haben ja alle Deutschland nicht gekannt (Monograph)
  • Tooltips for Theoretical Physics: Concepts of Modern Theoretical Physics, Scales and Mathematical Tools (Lecture notes)
  • Apocalyptica. Journal for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies (Journal)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • History
  • Art history and music
  • Linguistics
  • Social sciences
  • Natural sciences


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs, Individual faculty
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: Yes
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: No
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Open to working with any external partner
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • multimedia
  • text
Software & Platforms:
  • EPrints
  • locally developed software
  • OJS
  • OMP
  • PubPub

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • cataloging
  • contract/license preparation
  • copyediting
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • graphic design (print or web)
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • image services
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • marketing
  • metadata
  • peer review management
  • print-on-demand
  • typesetting
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Digital preservation services under discussion