The ZBW is active in making research findings accessible in Open Access and thus internationally visible. We currently do this on several levels.
EconStor is our repository for economic literature. All the full-texts gathered there are freely accessible according to the principles of Open Access. Authors and editors can publish on EconStor without charge.
EconStor is one of the largest repositories in its field with more than 150,000 full-texts and is regularly ranked among the leaders in international rankings. More than 400 institutions use it for the digital dissemination of their publications in Open Access. EconStor is also an important input source for RePEc and counts among the most-frequented archives there.
The ZBW and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy jointly stand behind the Open Access journal Economics. Since it was established in 2007, it has been included in the Social Sciences Citation Index and now ranks among the TOP200 journals in economics, without the backing of a major publishing house. The ZBW provides the technical infrastructure for Economics and the dissemination of its contents into databases and search engines.
As an important infrastructure institution within the Leibniz Association, the ZBW actively collaborates in the development of Open Access within the association. In this context we participate in the following activities:
The portal LeibnizOpen is the central access point for Open Access publications from Leibniz researchers. Its technical basis is a network of subject-specific repositories operated by the information infrastructure institutions of the Leibniz Association. Within the framework of LeibnizOpen, the ZBW provides access to the publications of the economic research institutes, and other institutions with economic research departments, of the Leibniz Association which are held on EconStor.