#OAWeek2022: The PDF is not enough: Why science needs open formats

Contribution from Axel Dürkop und Florian Hagen

During the project period from 2019 to 2021, the Modern Publishing project bundled many years of experience of the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) and the Hamburg State and University Library (SUB) as part of the Hamburg Open Science (HOS) initiative. The goal: The development of a socio-technical system for single source publishing, i.e. for the generation of different output formats from one source format. This was based on open source solutions such as GitLab and Open Journal Systems (OJS) to enable an open alternative approach to publishing scientific results compared to commercial and proprietary publishing offerings.

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#OAWeek2022: Free the world climate report together

A contribution by Axel Dürkop and Axel Dürkop

One of the most important sources of information on the subject of climate is the UN’s IPCC reports. These are published approximately every five years. The Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was published in 2021 and 2022 in various volumes, unfortunately in the form of PDF files. This makes it difficult for people and machines to read, as well as to use them as widely as possible. The fact that parts of the reports are gradually being supplied in HTML format is encouraging.

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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