We offer an innovative model of publication that focuses on optimal usage of modern ways of publication and gives choices to the authors regarding free online publication. The focus of our publication work is broad awareness and accessibility for the publications in order to illustrate the scholarly performance of Goettingen's Scholars. For that reason, we are aiming to make most of our publications available on the university's Institutional Repository (GOEDOC) by terms of Open Access. Here you can find our publication policy (in German). (In a concise form you can find our policy for the deposit of pre- and postprints in Open Access repositories in the Sherpa/RoMEO database.)

Resolution of the presidium of Georg August University, Göttingen: »Open-Access-Leitlinie der Universität Göttingen« (PDF, available in German only)

Göttingen University Press provides some recommendations Open-Access-Lizenzen im Universitätsverlag Göttingen" relating to open access licenses. Please note that this text is only available in German.

The German UNESCO commission, the Hochschulbibliothekszentrum des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (hbz) and Wikimedia Deutschland published a Open Content-Leitfaden" in November 2014. Authors are informed about their rights and duties concerning their online publications. The main focus is directed towards the international widespread license Creative Commons.

Creative Commons Lizenz

The electronic version of your publication is provided with a publication license, e.g. Creative Commons Lizense. Göttingen University Press makes use of the Creative Commons License 4.0 which includes the duty to give appropriate credit.

The metadata of our publications is freely accessible via our OAI PMH (v2.0) interfaces in various formats

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High Integration of Research Monographs in the European Open Science infrastructure

HIRMEOS (High Integration of Research Monographs in the European Open Science infrastructure) will prototype and set up a common layer of added value services on top of existing e-publishing platforms for open access monographs. The set of services that will be prototyped will make scattered and loosely connected collections of documents an integrated part of the open science knowledge system at european level by implementing common standards and crosslinking the documents with others and with various types of digital objects related to the research process. The project builds on two combined pillars: integration and innovation. HIRMEOS won’t develop new technologies from scratch but rather use already existing ones and prototype their implementation on the specific types of digital objects that are academic monographs. The technologies used will be the most innovative of the moment although mature enough to be implemented.

Directory of open access books

"The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books. Academic publishers are invited to provide metadata of their Open Access books to DOAB. Metadata will be harvestable in order to maximize dissemination, visibility and impact. Aggregators can integrate the records in their commercial services and libraries can integrate the directory into their online catalogues, helping scholars and students to discover the books. The directory is open to all publishers who publish academic, peer reviewed books in Open Access and should contain as many books as possible, provided that these publications are in Open Access and meet academic standards."

Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association

The mission of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) is to support and represent the interests of Open Access (OA) journal and book publishers globally in all scientific, technical, and scholarly disciplines. To accomplish its mission, the Association will exchange Information (provide a forum for the exchange of information and experiences related to OA delivery of scientific content), set standards (promote a uniform definition of OA publishing, best practices for maintaining and disseminating OA scholarly communications, and ethical standards), advance models (support the development of business and publishing models that support OA journal and book publishing), advocate for Gold OA (promote Gold OA journals, and policies that support their viability), educate (educate the research community and public on the benefits of OA journals, on the value publishers bring to the publication process and on various policies that enhance and support the delivery of OA publications) and promote innovation (contribute to the development and dissemination of innovative approaches to scientific communications pertaining to OA and of related activities that leverage the opportunities afforded by OA to scholarly content).

Open Access Plattform

The platform open-access.net supports scientists and research institutions to implement open access in practice and offers information on publishing strategies, costs and legal aspects. The Universities of Bielefeld, Goettingen, Constance and the Free University of Berlin who belong to the pioneers of the open access movement in Germany jointly operate the platform open-access.net. Questions and contributions are more than welcome!

Open Access Publishing in European Networks

The University Press of Göttingen is partner in the joint European project OAPEN. Six university presses specialised in high-quality publishing of scientific literature and two dutch universities have started the project to gather information on how Open Access publishing of books can be fostered and to build up the largest European collection of Open Access books in the Humanities and Social Sciences. They have included several cooperation partners already.


Goettingen Journal of International Law (GoJIL)

Founded in 2007, the Goettingen Journal of International Law (GoJIL) is an initiative with the primary objective of publishing an e-journal of legal scholarship focusing on International Law. Since then the Göttingen University Press supports the journal with bibliographic and archiving services. The aim of the journal is to foster debate among scholars of the diverse fields within international law, while, at the same time, facilitate contributions to the debate from related disciplines. GoJIL runs an open and ongoing call for papers. In the rigourous review and selection process, the primary criteria are quality of work and significance of the topic for academic discourse. The journal is open to all scholars in the field of international law to submit manuscripts. GoJIL distinguishes itself from other German law journals through its approach to the publication of legal research in International Law. It is the first German International Law journal where the responsibility for the editing and publishing process as a whole is primarily carried by students. It is published exclusively in English. The journal is available online and free of charge, since open access to the results of academic research is essential for the future of legal scholarship. The journal is being published in cooperation with the GoJIL Advisory Board, with the Lehrstuhl für Völkerrecht and with support of the Göttingen University Press.