Last summer marked the 200th birthday of Eunice Foote. The now somewhat better known women’s rights activist from the USA was one of the rare female researchers in the field of physical sciences in the 19th century. On the occasion of International Women’s Day on March 8, Eunice Foote will be briefly introduced here.
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!):
The 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?
As 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.
The 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?
- Important platforms and research tools are OAPEN and the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB). Works listed here are also listed in the tub.find catalogue.
- Many classical publishers – such as Springer or transcript – also have a large number of books published in Open Access. The variety of business models is constantly growing, as is the case with the publication of journals (essays). Here, too, Open Access costs money.
- The Open Textbook Library also contains some textbooks on the engineering sciences.
A few examples of Open Access books on openness
- Science and the politics of openness : Here be monsters / Hartley, Sarah; Raman, Sujatha; Smith, Alexander; Nerlich, Brigitte (eds.) 2018. Manchester University Press.
- Open : The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science / Biswas-Diener, Robert; Jhangiani, Rajiv (eds.) 2017. Ubiquity Press.
- Open Education : International Perspectives in Higher Education / Bliss, TJ; Blessinger, Patrick (eds.) 2016. Open Book Publishers
- Battle for Open: How openness won and why it doesn’t feel like victory / Weller, Martin. 2014. Ubiquity Press.
- Example of a book on Open Access that is unfortunately not available: Open Divide : Critical Studies on Open Access / Ulrich Herb; Joachim Schöpfel (eds.) 2018. Litwin Books, LLC. After all, there is a collection of the article preprints of this volume here.
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).
In addition to the print editions, numerous titles are also or only available electronically. This is indicated by the button ” Volltext@TUHH “. The link on this button leads to the download offer of the appropriate publisher. The content can be downloaded as a PDF as a whole book ( partly as EPUB for ebook readers ) or article wise, depending on the specifications of the publisher. For licensing reasons this is only possible from the intranet of TUHH. On computers with internet – login registered readers save their ebooks either on a USB stick or any cloud or even send it via email. Therefore there are no loan periods. As a student at the TUHH you can download the ebooks on your own PC – however, a VPN connection has to be maintained.
Most publishers offer an access via “Shibboleth” (without VPN) too. Klick here for further information of TUHH intranet and use of e-media!
You can borrow books at our service point, but most of all in self-service at the white selfcheck-system (magazine issues may not be borrowed). Check out and check in of media on the machine are possible throughout the opening hours to 9:00pm and also at weekends, including Sundays and public holidays till 8:00pm.
Simply put on books (also in stacks), press “Borrow”, read in or enter the barcode of the library card, authenticate with password – after the booking you close your account with a click on “Finished”.
On the selfcheck-systems (near elevator) both check out and check in of media are possible. Check in also works without library card and authentication.
If no other client has reserved the media, you can extend the loan periods up to three times in your library account online.
Attention: please note loan period! When it is exceeded, fees will arise and it isn`t possible to renew it.
You probably already noticed it – our self-pickup shelf behind the service area.
You can find the titles requested by our catalog from the storeroom within 30 minutes on the pick-up shelf. These media are on the self-collecting shelf for you for 2 working days. Reserved titles can also be picked up there within 7 days. You will find your requested media all under the first letter of your last name and the last 4 digits of the library card in the shelf. When borrowing please use the self check system or our service at the desks.
Behind the service area and our pick-up shelf you will find our special offer shelf. At the beginning of the winter semester it serves as a first semester shelf and offers a selection of books especially for first-year students – from the textbook to the collection of formulas. Further copies of these books can be found in the textbook collection.
And also: if these books from the shelf for first-semester are available electronically, the QR-code on the reference panels contains the corresponding link. So: please access to the intranet and scan the QR-code.
Please search for your studies in our shelf for first-semester, welcome!
Introductury literature to start studying or even for the first exams, should be found in the textbook collection in the left area of the reading room on the ground floor. The books are in alphabetical order of the subject groups.The first shelf block begins with Agricultural Sciences (AG), in the middle block can be found Mathematics (MA) and Mechanical Engineering (MS), on the window side rear follow for example Process Technology (VT) and Materials Sciences (WK).
In the textbook collection there are often a large number of circulating library copies of one title. If you will not find any loan copies, there are other options:
Sometimes an electronic edition is available, in every case there is for every textbook title at least one archive copy (reference copy). It may not be borrowed, and therefore it is available for everybody during the opening hours .
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:
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.
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:
- PubMed, biomedicine, biotechnology
- arXiv, Preprints: physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics
- The Multidisciplinary Preprint Platform/, supported by MDPI in Basel, Switzerland.
- Europe PMC, worldwide life sciences, biotechnology
- Scilit, Database of Preprints (Source:CrossRef und PubMed)
- SHARE, from the Open Science Framework
- bioRxiv, The Preprint Server for Biology
- ChemRxiv/, The Preprint Server for Chemistry
- CogPrints, Cognitive Science
- engrXiv Preprints
- Social Science Research Network
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
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.
Instead of paying a fee for downloading the full text take the reference to a freely accessible version!
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.
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 Open Access Team.
In the course of the growing together of BSZ and GBV there are starting difficulties, which probably last longer. Therefore our catalog and discovery system tub.find is not up to date since 15-03-2019.
That is why we recommend not only to use our catalog tub.find for literature searches, but also to check in the classic catalog interface whether the title you want is part of the tub. stock. We do it too! Whether inquiries of our users on most diverse channels or locally or also with interlibrary loan orders – we look at present for security in both data base systems.
If you have any questions or need support, please do not hesitate to contact us at the service desk in the library. We ask for your understanding for the confusing situation!