Diamonds as a way out of the crisis? A (partial) look at Diamond Open Access and the OA color palette

The Open Access movement is a comparatively young movement. It developed in the 1990s as a result of the so-called journal crisis. During this crisis, prices rose, especially in STEM subjects – a collective term for professions or fields of study in mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology, which are also referred to as MINT subjects in Germany. At the same time, library budgets stagnated or shrank. One consequence: the number of paid journal subscriptions declined. Publishers tried to compensate for this loss of revenue with further price increases – a cycle that Open Access wants to break.

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Survey results on reference management at TUHH

Via a blog post and other communication channels, the tub. in cooperation with the Computing Center invited participation in a survey on the topic of reference management. The feedback will help to ensure that the service offering for reference management continues to provide TU members with the best possible support in the future, in line with existing requirements and needs. The results are now available.

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Homework help wanted?

Source: ZBW Econbiz

Here, of course, is meant the term paper in the context of the study, that is, the one that has to be written ;-)

Term papers are not necessarily a favorite activity for many students during their studies. However, they are a good way to prepare for writing a thesis. If you are going to write a term paper soon – perhaps during the Christmas break or at another time – then we can recommend a practical handout from the ZBW – Leibniz Information Center for Economics to support you. It provides you with the most important information on how to get started. The handout is not only suitable for the subject of economics, but also describes the general procedure for writing a term paper or bachelor thesis.

One focus is on finding the right literature, i.e. research and tips on this, such as the search term diagram. But also the evaluation of sources is discussed and of course the creation of an exposé and the correct citation. On the pages of the ZBW you will also find more information.

And for those who would prefer to have the brochure in printed form, there are several copies in German or English available at the tub. service desk.

Survey on literature management at the TUHH – your opinion is needed

Image source: tub. CC BY 4.0

A few weeks ago, we announced the availability of Citavi Web trial access at TU in this blog post and via circular email. We had also announced that we would ask you about your experiences and impressions with Citavi Web at the end of the test period.

In the course of planning a possible further licensing of Citavi or possibly another program, we would also like to take this opportunity to find out from you in general what your requirements and needs are with regard to literature management programs and how we (Computer Center and Library) can best support you in this regard in the future.

Your answers are important for us and will help us to decide in which form a literature management program will be available at TUHH in the future to support your scientific work. We would therefore be pleased to have a large number of participants in the survey. We will let you know the result and also how the further planning looks like.

Here is the link to our survey (Update: January 10th, 2022, survey closed).

Thank you very much for your participation!

#OAWeek2021: How do I fund my journal article?

Are you planning to publish in a journal and don’t know what funding options are possible? The TU Library can provide funding for articles in a number of ways. Our Publishing Fund enables the financing of articles in pure Open Access journals (Gold OA). If the criteria for funding are met, TU members can submit a funding request through the OA website. Furthermore, TUHH’s participation in the DEAL agreement allows OA publishing in hybrid and gold journals published by SpringerNature and Wiley.

We have illustrated in a flowchart which questions you need to ask to find out whether the criteria for funding are met and what the workflow looks like after a funding application has been approved. For optimal display, the “Fullscreen” option (top right) should be selected within the H5P element.

If you have any questions about Open Access and funding an article, please feel free to write to us at openaccess@tuhh.de.

What have we funded in 2020?

As part of the OpenAPC initiative, all APC payments made by the TU Library are published as Open Data. This provides an overview of the costs related to the TUHH, at the same time showing to which publishers the money flowed:

In 2020, the tub. publication fund financed pure gold open access articles with a total amount of €65,157. There are also articles with the publishers SpringerNature and Wiley that run via the DEAL contract.


Open Access: Extension of the DEAL contract with Wiley

The DEAL contract with Wiley was extended for another year until December 31, 2022. There are no changes to the content of the contract.

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The contract between the DEAL project and the Wiley publishing house offers all members of the TU Hamburg free access to Wiley journals. Journal articles submitted to Wiley by authors from the TU Hamburg can generally be published there in open access. This can be done either in pure open access journals ( Gold Open Access ) or as a separate release in a subscription journal ( Hybrid Open Access ): Projekt DEAL – John Wiley & Son Publish and Read Agreement. doi:10.17617/2.3027595.

We have compiled information on the publication and funding of OA articles at TUHH for you here: Publishing with Wiley

Questions? Please contact us

The Open Access Team of TUHH
openaccess@tuhh.de

What you should know when publishing your dissertation on TORE

At the beginning of 2003, dissertations from the TU Hamburg were published online for the first time on TUBdok the document server of the TUHH at that time. The first dissertations were:

  1. Sell, Bernhard: Interface characterization of metal-gate MOS-structures and the application to DRAM-capacitors. 2002
  2. Jungfer, Martin: Gegenstromtrennung von schwerflüchtigen Naturstoffen mit überkritischen komprimierten Gasen unter Verwendung von Schleppmitteln. 2000
  3. Wiehler, Kay: Tribologie und Fluidverhalten in der Dichtzone von Radialwellendichtringen unter Berücksichtigung makromolekularer Bestandteile der Schmierfluide. 2002

Meanwhile, the open access repository TUHH Open Research (TORE) provides a uniform, centralized and public access to digital, scientific documents generated at TUHH. These can thus be perceived, read and cited online worldwide!

New service page: Hints for publishing your dissertation

By now, 717 dissertations have been published on TORE and many questions have been asked about them. To better support you in publishing in the future, we have collected our answers and compiled a new page from them: “Hints for publishing your dissertation TORE”.

Hints for publishing your dissertation

We look forward to receiving your dissertation on TORE! For advice, we are of course still personally available: Questions about TORE.

One more note about publishing through a publisher:

Even if you publish your dissertation with a publisher, parallel publication on TORE is possible if your publishing contract allows it.

This will certainly have little negative impact on the prospect of a possible royalty from VG Wort. It is paid out less and less frequently. Although the Merkblatt für Urheber im wissenschaftlichen Bereich (Fassung Dezember 2019) of the VG Wort states, “The prerequisite for a royalty is that the reported publications stand in an appropriate volume in scientific and specialist libraries,” it can be assumed that libraries nowadays hardly buy printed dissertations for their holdings.

We, as a TU library, buy dissertations only when there is a justified proposal from users. We accept donated dissertations in individual and exceptional cases only if they clearly fit into our narrower collection spectrum.

#OAWeek2020 TORE – a service for you

The research information system TUHH Open Research (TORE) – a Service for you.
Update: tub.talk slides TORE – ein Service für Sie

Research Information System and Repository

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.

TORE is accessible wordwide at tore.tuhh.de without registration. Continue reading

#OAWeek2020 Single-Source-Publishing with Swapfire and OJS

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::

OATage2019

Ill.: Poster for the OA-Days 2019 (Source: https://zenodo.org/record/3267474#.X4m5YC-201I).

 

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.:

Prozesskette SWAPFIRE

Ill.: Single-Source-Publishing with Swapfire and OJS (Source: https://doi.org/10.15480/882.2902).

 

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.

 

Further information on the Modern Publishing project:
https://oa-pub.hos.tuhh.de/en/

 


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