Kassel University

Kas­sel Uni­versity Lib­rary

Academic Library · Germany

Publikationsdienste (kup/KOBRA/DaKS)


Arvid Deppe
Email: deppe@bibliothek.uni-kassel.de

Program Overview

The Kassel University Press (KUP) is the in-house publishing centre at the University of Kassel and is part of the university library’s open access service. Quality-approved academic publications written by Kassel academics are published here. In addition to online publication, which is freely available via our KOBRA publication server around the world (open access), the KUP also provides high-quality, print-on-demand prints.
  • Publishing activities began: 1997
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: German, English, Spanish

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 3
  • Individual people: 6
  • Students: Undergraduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Charge backs/cost sharing; library materials budget; library operating budget; sales revenue; author fees

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Databases
  • Datasets
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Grey literature
  • Journals
  • Monographs
  • Newsletters
  • Posters

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 3
  • Campus-based student-created: 1
  • Contracted by external groups: 2
  • Peer-reviewed: 2
  • Currently inactive or archived: 10
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 86
  • Peer-reviewed: 55


Top Publications:
  • Artenschutz in Planungs - und Zulassungsverfahren (monograph)
  • Brücken - Türme - Häuser
  • Teaching quality in higher education: Do student evaluation of teaching questionnaires allow a reliable and valid assessment of teaching quality? (dissertation)
  • Rituale in der Grundschule (Eine ethnographische Fallstudie in einer jahrgangsübergreifenden Eingangsklasse) (case study)
  • Pilotbericht zum Monitoring der deutschen Bioökonomie (technical report)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Agronomy and ecology
  • Architecture, urban and landscape planning, art
  • Humanities
  • Hessian history
  • Natural science, technology, computer science, medicine


  • 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)
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • data
  • images
  • modeling
  • multimedia
  • text
  • visualizations
Software & Platforms:
  • DSpace
  • OJS

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • DOI distribution
  • applying for Cataloging in Publication Data
  • cataloging
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • metadata
  • print-on-demand
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Rosetta


Adopted Policies:
Qualitätsstandards der AG Univerlage (https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7075761)

Additional Information

Last Year:
No big changes or expansion in 2022
Future Plans:
Recently testing options of single source publishing. More diamond OA journals via OJS. Waiting for DSpace 7.