WHO IS THE ZBW?

Who is the ZBW?

The ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics is the world’s largest research infrastructure for economic literature, online as well as offline.
Its disciplinary repository EconStor provides a large collection of more than 127,000 articles and working papers in Open Access.
EconBiz, the portal for international economic information, allows students and researchers to search among nine million datasets.
The ZBW edits two journals in economic policy, Wirtschaftsdienst and Intereconomics, and in cooperation with the Kiel Institute for the World Economy produces the peer-reviewed journal Economics based on the principle of Open Access.
The ZBW is a member of the Leibniz Association and has been a foundation under public law since 2007. It is affiliated with the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel. Several times the ZBW received the international LIBER award for its innovative work in librarianship. The institution currently employs a staff of approximately 280.

What does the ZBW do?

The ZBW supports economists and students in their learning, researching and publishing processes.
We provide the infrastructure so that researchers can concentrate on their publishing activities. Whether it is the technical support for an e-journal or the implementation of databases for primary research data – the ZBW conducts projects for the science community.
We continually increase our own research activities in order to provide students and researchers in economics and business administration with excellent research support.

What kind of services does the ZBW offer?

Among the online services of the ZBW are the portal EconBiz for international literature and information with more than 10 million datasets, the Open Access repository EconStor, which improves the visibility of digital publications on the internet, and the multimedial reference desk of  Research Guide EconDesk, where you can request information about economic topics by e-mail, phone or chat. These services are available without charge and worldwide at the URL www.zbw.eu.
In addition, the ZBW edits the economic journals
Wirtschaftsdienst and Intereconomics, offering scholars a platform for debate in economic policy.

How does the ZBW work?

The ZBW is connected to a network of international  cooperations and research networks. Increasing our collaboration with the scientific community allows us to develop services that tie in closely with the requirements of our customers.
The most important issue for our users is to have information available everywhere and at any time. Therefore the ZBW actively promotes Open Access. Free access to scholarly information facilitates the working processes of researchers and increases the visibility of their publications.

What kind of research is done at the ZBW?

The vision guiding research at the ZBW: the development of internet-based working environments to support excellence in economic research.
At present, the ZBW pursues the following themes: Science 2.0, Web Science and Knowledge Discovery.
The concept of Science 2.0 describes the gradual shift of science towards entirely different and primarily digital means of participation, communication, collaboration and discourse in the research and publishing processes.

What kind of working environment does the ZBW offer?

We are a modern and innovative service provider for economic research. Teamwork, transparency, open innovation processes and continuous training are indispensable for us. We offer family-friendly working conditions. These include flexitime, telework, emergency childcare and the safeguarding of
 equal opportunities.