In Knowledge Unlatched’s funding model, libraries jointly fund books from publishers to make them open access. If not enough libraries come together to support the project, only some of the titles will be made openly accessible. However, the participating institutions will in any case receive free and permanent access even to the titles that are not later openly accessible.
Who stands for DEAL? And what does the contract allow?
In recent years, the DEAL project, the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) on behalf of the Alliance of German Science Organisations, has negotiated transformation contracts with two large, commercial science publishers that further promote free access to research results. Contracts were concluded with the Wiley publishing house in 2019 and the SpringerNature publishing house at the beginning of 2020. The TUHH, as a participating institution of DEAL, has also joined them.
The contracts include a modified pricing model that provides for publication-based billing. As a result, the costs for subscription journals will no longer be covered as before, but the “Publish-and-Read” fee (PAR) will settle the publisher’s expenses based on a mixed calculation under DEAL. In addition to the “Publish” component for Open Access publications, the “Read” component of the contracts gives all participating institutions permanent full-text access to the publishers’ e-journal portfolio.
What are your benefits as an author?
Authors retain the exploitation rights to their publications and do not transfer them to the publisher. In addition, they reach a larger readership, because their publications are immediately and freely accessible worldwide to any scientist without embargo. Since the financing of the contract is handled centrally by the tub., authors do not have to worry about the financing after a successful peer review process in hybrid journals and completed submission procedure. The current situation is different for Gold Open Access journals. Here, the TUHH is seeking a financial contribution from authors through project funds.
What conditions are attached to a publication?
Most of the journals of the two publishers are part of the DEAL contract. However, there are exceptions: the Nature titles, for example, are not part of the contract! More detailed information can be found in the Springer journal list as well as the Gold OA journal list and the hybrid journals of Wiley.
Furthermore, the Corresponding Author must be a member of the TUHH and must prove this according to the new affiliation guidelines of the TUHH.
The preferred license type for publication is CC-BY. Individual journals from the publishers are currently only available under the limited licenses CC-BY-NC and CC-BY-NC-ND.
When do you incur additional costs?
Additional costs arise when the publisher can charge for additional services, such as color illustrations or excess length. These are billed directly to the author.
The financing agreed in the contract does not include articles in pure OA journals (Gold OA). Instead, authors of TUHH receive a 20% discount on the APCs. Billing is carried out centrally at the end of the year via the library, which then uses an internal settlement if necessary. Financing by the TUHH Publishing Fund in the library can be applied for if the conditions for funding are met.
How to apply for funding for a publication to be published under DEAL?
The Corresponding Author submits the publication to the hybrid journal alternatively to the selected OA journal of the publishers SpringerNature or Wiley and identifies him/herself there as a member of an authorized institution. By specifying the correct TUHH affiliation, the article is assigned to us to confirm that the costs can be settled centrally via the library at the end of the year. In order to get an overview of the costs under the DEAL contracts, an additional tu-internal application for funding should be submitted via our website.
Why Open Access and not ‘Opt-out’ = Closed Access?
It is possible not to publish the publication in Open Access (opt-out). The article then appears in Closed Access. This gives the publisher exclusive rights and the article is only accessible to subscribers of the journal. This option does not lead to a cost reduction for the TUHH! Therefore we recommend the publication in Open Access. A subsequent “OA-switching” without additional costs is possible with Wiley. Springer unfortunately does not offer this option.
What about the financing of articles from other publishers?
In addition to financing through the DEAL contracts, the tub. continues to provide a publication fund. Articles in pure OA magazines (Gold OA) can be financed from this publication fund. At IEEE, tub. has also pre-financed a contingent of 10 OA articles. This contingent can be used until the end of 2021. In the case of IOP, an article can also be published in OA until the end of 2020, which has already been co-financed under a licensing agreement.
Further information on the DEAL project at the TUHH as well as information on publishing under Wiley and Springer can be found on our website DEAL at the TUHH. In addition, the DEAL project provides a general overview and up-to-date information on the DEAL contracts. If you have any questions please contact the team email@example.com.
TUHH Open Research (TORE) is a combined repository and research information system that provides a service for the scientists of the TUHH.
In TORE with its repository function, full texts of publications can be stored. They receive a DOI and thus become citable. Preprints and doctoral theses are entered as first publications, publications with accepted manuscripts and Open Access with the publisher PDF can also be entered in TORE. In TORE you can also publish your research data with a DOI.
As the research information system of the TUHH, TORE has been mapping the institutes and researchers, publications, third-party funded projects and collaborations of the institutes since 2019. Project data is transferred from the Third-Party Funding Department into TORE and can be edited and activated by project leaders and FIS representatives of the institutes. The library, as the operator of TORE, enters recent TUHH publications for the scientists, which are provided by Scopus. Missing publications can be entered by yourself: e.g. scientific articles, conference contributions, book contributions and books, doctoral theses as well as posters.
The project Modern Publishing – part of the Hamburg Open Science (HOS) program – combines the many years of experience of the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) and the Hamburg State and University Library (SUB). Both institutions started their collaboration in 2019 to develop a process chain for Single-Source-Publishing based on open source solutions such as GitLab and Open Journal Systems. In addition to aspects of collaboration and participation, the focus is also on automatisms for generating different formats of a publication.
First architectural design (2019)
At the Open Access Days 2019 (OA Days), the first draft of the sociotechnical system and its components of the tool chain – Markdown, pandoc-scholar, GitLab, Docker, Hypothes.is and OJS – were presented during the poster session::
The writing and publishing process is divided into three phases: the writing, the pre-submission and the submission stage (see Dürkop / Hagen 2019). The writing stage includes the writing process of one or more authors, which leads to a first draft of the text. The pre-submission stage is the phase before the submission, in which different tools are used to generate different formats. Collaborative feedback processes allow a quality control of the contribution before it is transferred to the target system in the desired or required formats as part of the submission stage – in case of our project OJS.
As part of the tool marketplace at the OA Days 2019, interested parties were able to gain further insights. For the project team, the direct exchange with professional colleagues was particularly valuable. This way the process chain and its flexibility could be developed further with different perspectives in mind.
Architectural draft (2020)
The result of the continuing work is Single-Source-Publishing with Swapfire and OJS, which will also be presented as part of our Open-Access-Week workshop (workshop registration) by Tim Boxhammer (SUB HH), Axel Dürkop (tub.), Florian Hagen (tub.), Albert Krewinkel ( tub.) and Isabella Meinecke (SUB HH) today from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.:
The representation – in the form of a vortex or a kind of snail – shows a workflow of the project for Single-Source-Publishing of a journal publication. Markdown texts are converted into PDF and HTML files with the help of static site generators and converters – depending on which target formats (e.g. journal articles, but also teaching-learning scripts or websites) are needed.
The process chain is divided into seven steps:
1. Authors submit article texts, metadata and references in OJS.
2. Following an assessment, the submitted document – if it is available as a DOCX file, for example – is converted into a Markdown file with Pandoc.
3. After the conversion process has been completed, the text corpus must be checked and edited manually.
4. As part of step 4, the references are prepared for the use of the submitted BibLaTeX file.
5. With the help of Netlify CMS the metadata is recorded.
6. Formats such as HTML or PDF are continuously produced with GitLab (universal content management system), Docker (container virtualization) and pandoc-scholar (format conversion).
7. The final files are finally uploaded to OJS and published.
Practical application and workshop
In practice, the different possibilities of the process chain were tested with specialist colleagues inside at the TUHH and beyond. Most recently, the freely available and peer-reviewed scientific journal kommunikation@gesellschaft – which has carried out research regarding information and communication technologies for 20 years – was relaunched according to Open Access and Open Science standards using the method shown above.
The project team is looking forward to the workshop and is always open to questions and suggestions.
Prof. Andreas Timm-Giel, Acting President of TUHH, opens this year’s Open Access Week with a video statement in which he argues that science should be open and FAIR.
Hamburg Open Science started with the aim that research results and data from research institutions in Hamburg, which were created with funds from government research funding, should be freely accessible and easy to find. Open access to scientific knowledge and materials is fundamental in a networked world and shapes the science policy debate. National and international donors such as the European Commission, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Research Foundation demand free access to research results and the long-term preservation of research data. With the Hamburg Open Science program, the Hamburg Senate enables universities to participate in current science policy developments and to actively shape the cultural change in science towards more transparency and openness. Continue reading →
The International Open Access Week takes place in the second half of October every year – also at the TU Hamburg – this time from 19 to 25 October 2020. During this time, institutions around the world promote open access to scientific information with events and campaigns.
At TU Hamburg you can expect a diverse, this time purely digital program. Digital tub.talks and a workshop are dedicated to the financing of Open Access as well as to the activities at the TUHH within the Hamburg Open Science project (2018 – 2020). Continue reading →
The Hamburg Open Science Award will be awarded in 2020 for the first time, with each prize endowed with €5,000. Up to 5 prizes will be awarded. Submit your application by 16th October 2020. The awards will be announced in November 2020.
Openness is a central idea in the digitalization of science, and Open Science is the key to more interdisciplinary and international cooperation, linkages, transparency, credibility, and efficiency in science and scholarship. It also offers a range of potential opportunities for more participation, innovation, and knowledge transfer in the economy and society as a whole. The criteria for an application can be found at
The Program Hamburg Open Science supports researchers from Hamburg-based publicly funded universities in making their work open source and has therefore announced the first-ever Hamburg Open Science Award. The prize honors researchers who are particularly active in promoting openness in academia.
The current corona situation shows how important free access to scientific information is. Therefore, the tub. offers services for open access publishing which are of course still available these days. We are working in the home office, sometimes with some restrictions, to further expand the offer.
Institutional Repository TORE TUHH Open Research
You can upload documents online to the TUHH Open Research repository at any time. This means that your publications are available worldwide without barriers! Please give us some time for the release of your documents. You are welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit an online application using the form if you want to publish an article in a pure Open Access journal. You can also contact us at email@example.com or find information on the funding guidelines here.
Support on the various aspects of Open Access and scientific publishing can be found in the library.
Open Access search
Are you looking for Open Access documents? Here you will find a – continuously updated – overview of Open Access offerings, divided into three categories:
Academic publishers are supporting the universities in the current crisis situation by making various electronic resources temporarily available free of charge. We would like to express our sincere thanks for this.
General free publishing offers
Cambridge University Press By 30 June, some 2,000 books will be freely available, including 775 textbooks and titles from the publication series Companions, Histories and Elements. A connection via the TUHH campus network is required for use
Elsevier ScienceDirect textbooks (until June 20th 2020)