#OAWeek2019 Tips for Open Science in Hamburg

In the winter semester 2019/20 the project “Hamburg Open Science” (HOS) will host the lecture series “Openness in Science” at the University of Hamburg (mondays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., University main building, lecture hall C).

Lectures (in German!):

Plakat Ringvorlesung Offenheit in der WissenschaftThe lectures cover the entire spectrum of Open Science and Open Education:

  • Is openness a basic value or ideology?
  • Why and how is Open Access published?
  • What do Open Educational Resources (OER) mean for digitisation in education
  • How can research data be managed in practice?
  • What significance do copyright and data protection have for Open Science and Open Education?
  • Why is data literacy becoming increasingly important?
  • How do citizens create knowledge with Citizen Science?

Open Up!

Open Up exhibition LeafletsAs part of its 100th anniversary the ZBW – Leibniz-Informationszentrum Wirtschaft (ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for the Economy) is showing that Open Science can also be exhibited. You can visit the exhibition “Open Up! How digitisation is changing science” in Hamburg until shortly before Christmas.

The exhibition consists of the thematic displays “Digital connectivity”, “New types of publication” and “Finding Literature”. It tries to make the black box “Science”, i.e. the question “How does science actually work”, more transparent to the general public. In the end this is the core of Open Science, as Guido Scherp – Head of the Open Science Transfer Department at the ZBW – also writes in the short booklet accompanying the exhibition:

Basically, Open Science is about improving the trustworthiness and the quality of research in a digitally linked age. The most important instrument for this is openness, resp. transparency.

The accompanying booklet, which is available in German and in English, provides a brief and concise overview of Open Science.

#OAWeek2019 Open Access Books

Books on opennessThe focus and beginning of the Open Access movement has always been more on journals and journal articles. In the meantime, however, there are not only books on the subject of openness. More and more books are published Open Access.

How to find Open Access books?

A few examples of Open Access books on openness

Write open books yourself

You can learn to write books openly in a tutorial that reflects experiences with collaborative writing of books and journal articles with the GitLab Wiki as part of the project Modern Publishing at Hamburg Open Science (HOS).

#OAWeek2019 tub.torials – thoughts, ideas and materials about openness in science, research and teaching

Open Access, Open Data, Open Educational Resources, Open Methodology, Open Science, Open Source, Open Peer Review – movements dedicated to the openness, transparency and accessibility of information. These values are associated with the prospect of participation, diversity and equality. If possible, knowledge should be available and usable free of charge for all. But what exactly does openness mean? Continue reading

#OAWeek2019 Opening and Posterwalk

Open Access Week 2019 at Hamburg

The Open Access Week from 21 to 27 October 2019 at the TUHH will be opened on 21 October at 12:30 h by Prof. Dr. Kuchta (Vice President Teaching) and Prof. Dr. Timm-Giel (Vice President Research). We cordially invite you to visit us in the library (Building J, Rotunde tub.). Continue reading

#OAWeek2019 at TUHH – Programme

Open Access Week 2019 at Hamburg

As every year in October, the International Open Access Week, this time from October 21st until October 27th 2019, will provide a worldwide forum and platform for events and activities for open access to scientific information.

The Hamburg University of Technology TU Hamburg participates as always. From October 21st to October 25th, a varied programme awaits you at the TUHH. This time the focus lies on the handling of data. Impulse lectures and an open workshop will cover this topic. The opening will take place through a poster walk in the rotunda of the University Library.

Our progamme at TUHH

-> Flyer with programme
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Looking for journal articles?

In the past, for cost reasons the TUHH had only a few subscriptions to publishers like Elsevier, Springer Nature and Wiley. A broader offer was only achieved through access to digital collections without archival rights.

As the TUHH is involved in the DEAL project, we currently have extremely limited access to Elsevier journals. This of course means more effort in research and teaching. Therefore we would like to show you different ways to get the needed articles:

Cloverleaf: 4 Ways to get an article for which there is no access within TUHH

Figure: D. Bieler

Finding an Open Access

Some authors have already published their articles in Open Access (OA), either in the journal, in a repository, on their own website or in a scientific network. These versions – if available – can almost always be found via Google Scholar: install the Google Scholar button for your browser.

1. Browser plugins

Browser plug-ins indicate whether an article is also available as an Open Access version.

  • Symbol offenes Schloß als Hinweis auf offenen Zugangunpaywall
    When surfing on websites of scientific journals, provider platforms or databases, a green lock signals after a few seconds whether an Open Access version has been found. A click to this symbol leads you to the free PDF.
  • Alternatives are the Open Access Button
    This plug-in complements the display of the Open Access Version with a request to the author if no version was found.
  • CORE Discovery
    Beta. Inspired by unpaywall.

2. Open repositories

Publishers like Elsevier and others allow the option to publish accepted manuscript versions via the institutional repository after a so-called embargo period (12-24 months per journal or less). These versions are often searchable via Google Scholar. In addition from the Elsevier Guidelines (view 13.06.2019 13:25) : “Preprint: Authors can share their preprint anywhere at any time. … Authors can update their preprints on arXiv or RePEc with their accepted manuscript.

Here you find a selection of repositories that contain Open Access articles:

3. Inquiry directly to the authors

Publishers like Elsevier and others allow their authors to share an article published in a subscription magazine with personally known students and colleagues, as the Elsevier Guidelines (view 13.06.2019 13:25) permit: „If you are an author, you may also share your Published Journal Article (PJA) privately with known students or colleagues for their personal use“. You can therefore legally receive a copy directly by contacting the authors. Using this way, however, there is no guarantee that the authors will react within a tolerable waiting time.

4. Order a interlibrary loan or as urgend delivery

Order journal articles directly via interlibrary loan. You don’t have an account yet? If you already have a library card, you can simply apply for access as a user: Form to apply for interlibrary loan. Once you have received access to interlibrary loan by e-mail, you can place your own orders, which normally cost 1.50 euros each. For copyright reasons, delivery has been made as a paper copy of varying quality – but usually within a few days.

In very urgent cases, a direct order could be an alternative, which will be delivered more quickly. In addition to the above-mentioned interlibrary loan, as a researcher at the TUHH (only staff!) you have the opportunity to provide the TU Library with

placing an urgent order
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The University Library will carry out these orders for you and will also pay the costs.

As a rule, we receive paper copies or PDF files of scanned pages. In many cases, however, an original PDF from the publisher is also available at a correspondingly higher cost. A document delivery of this kind can then cost more than 50 € depending on the article, but this will be paid by the university library.

Treat Your Scientific Poster Well

Poster sessions are an integral part of almost every scientific conference. The posters on display are intended to present and visualize research results as effectively as possible and to put them up for discussion. This makes them an important aspect of scientific publishing.

Poster RollGet credit where credit is due.

Make your poster citable

The contents of a scientific poster can also be quoted. TUHH Open Research (TORE) is available as a storage location for scientific publications from the TUHH that are to be publicly accessible. There is also room for your poster.

TORE offers you:

  • A DOI for the unique referencing of your poster
  • The pre-allocation of the DOI so that it can already be integrated into the poster
  • Listing of all persons involved
  • Connection to your ORCID profile
  • A permanent storage
  • The optimized availability for (academic) search engines

Security for subsequent use

May a conference twitterer post your poster in a tweet or in a report?

Make it easier for yourself and your colleagues and add a license to your poster. So others know what you want. Creative Commons licenses, which can be put together according to the modular principle, are ideal for this purpose. The optimal license in terms of Open Access is CC BY 4.0.

Lizence generator: creativecommons.org/choose/

Creative Commons LicencesFor example

Aberle, Christoph/Daubitz, Stephan (2019): „Mobilitätsarmut“ in Berlin und Hamburg? Kombinierte Forschung zu mobilitätsbezogener sozialer Exklusion. Online: https://doi.org/10.15480/882.2327

Unpaywall: The fast way to Open Access Articles

Reference Open ContentInstead of paying a fee for downloading the full text take the reference to a freely accessible version!

There is now support for your access to closed journal articles. On our reading room PCs you will find the browser plugin unpaywall, which is available for the Internet browsers Firefox and Chrome.

When surfing on the websites of scientific journals, provider platforms or databases, a green lock signals the presence of an Open Access publication of the article after a few seconds. A click on the symbol “Green lock” leads you to the free full text.

Unpaywall in action

Test the example in the reading room!

We also recommend that you download the plugin for your own use, as unpaywall unlike other sites only identifies legal Open Access versions of paid content. It is also important to note that this open access version does not visually correspond to the publisher’s version, as layout and logos are usually not allowed to be used. Also, an embargo period must often be observed when publishing the preprint or an accepted manuscript. The older the article, the more likely it is to be found.

If you have any questions, please contact our E-Mail-Logo Open Access Team.

Open Access books on handling (waste) water

IWA Publishing OA Program

IWA Publishing from the International Water Association (IWA) publishes parts of its book program as Open Access. 14 relevant new titles are now available. Publishing happens in partnership with the Open Access service provider Knowledge Unlatched.

Here are two of the new titles to start reading:

tub.dok becomes TUHH Open Research

TUHH Open Research

Since 2002 tub.dok has been the Open Access Repository at TU Hamburg. Here you can find freely available publications of members of TUHH in full text. The spectrum includes journal articles, conference contributions, reports and, of course, dissertations and postdoctoral theses written at TUHH.

Now additional tasks are waiting for tub.dok and therefore it will be renamed as of today in TUHH Open Research. Continue reading