Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

KIT Library

Academic Library · Germany

KIT Scientific Publishing


Regine Tobias, Head of the Department of Publishing Services
Email: regine.tobias@kit.edu

Program Overview

We are the scientific publisher of the KIT and publish quality-checked publications of our research institution. The publishing house is located in the department for publication services of the KIT library
  • Publishing activities began: 2003
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: English, German, Spanish

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 6
  • Individual people: 6
  • Funding sources: Library operating budget; sales revenue; author fees

Publishing Activities

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

Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 150
  • Peer-reviewed: 150
  • Required fee to enable Open Access: 150


Top Publications:
  • Timber Engineering - Principles for Design (textbook)
  • Kursbuch Geschichte der europäischen und globalen Moderne (textbook)
  • Berichte vom Wiederaufbau der Frauenkirche zu Dresden (proceedings)
  • Einführung in die Gerinnehydraulik (textbook)
  • Grundlagen mobiler Arbeitsmaschinen (monograph)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Engineering
  • Natural sciences
  • Humanities
  • Architecture
  • Economics and business engineering


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: Yes
    We offer integrated services together with the central repository KITopen.
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: No
  • 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)
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): Yes

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • text
Software & Platforms:
  • Ubiquity platforms

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


Additional Information

Future Plans:
We will provide most of our books in different output formats and move to XML single sign on.