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.

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

TUBdok Relaunch

TUBdok-Header
TUBdok the open access repository of TUHH started in 2002. With TUBdok, members of TUHH can easily publish scientific content free and unhindered to anybody in the world. You can use TUBdok for publishing your Ph.D. as well as for publishing your post- or pre-prints of article in paywalled journals (“green road”).

In the last few years TUBdok has undergone a couple of small changes, but it stayed more or less the same. That is to change today: it is the date of the TUBdok relaunch. A new layout makes TUBdok easily identifiable as service of TUHH Library. But of course there is a lot more to discover besides layout:

  • We have added more persistent identifiers:
    All publications will receive DOIs and Handles next to URN.
  • Choose the most suitable creative commons licence:
    Let yourself be guided through the selection process or even go for CC0.
  • You need to observe an embargo?
    Indicate when your work may be published, then let TUBdok do the rest.
  • Subscribe to new publications:
    Stay up-to-date with new publications via RSS or email.

There are about 1,200 publications on TUBdok already. And of course all of them will stay accessible via URN and their old URL. Additionally they are assigned Digital Object Identifiers (DOI). DOIs are the most commonly used identifiers in online publication business.

We would be very happy, if you gave our new TUBdok a try: https://tubdok.tub.tuhh.de.

For feedback, please comment on this article or send an email to tubdok@tuhh.de. Moreover our Subject Librarians will be happy to discuss specific questions regarding your future publication.