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 127,000 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.
Economics - the Open Access, Open Assessment E-Journal
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.
Open Access services for the Leibniz Association
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.
Open Access publication fund
As part of a pilot project, the Leibniz Association has set up a central Open Access publication fund in order to partially or entirely fund the publication fees for Leibniz researchers’ articles. The publication fund aims to increase the proportion of Open Access publications within the Leibniz Association. The publication fund is operated jointly by the three German National Libraries in the Leibniz Association (TIB, ZB MED, ZBW). The ZBW is responsible for all Leibniz institutions in the sections A and B (humanities and social sciences).
Networks and public debate
The ZBW is also active in national and international networks and lobby groups to promote the concept of free dissemination of research findings. Among these are COAR, DINI, the Alliance of German Science Organisations, LIBER and Science Europe.