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Current developments: alliance licences with Open-Access components

Within the framework of the important initiative "Digital information" of the alliance of German scientific organisations, the University of Heidelberg, via the University Library, has obtained licences to journals collections that contain open-access components (so-called "alliance licences"). The alliance initiative is organised jointly by the German Research Association (DFG), the Fraunhofer Society, the Helmholtz Association, the German Rectors' Conference, the Leibniz Association, the Max-Planck Society and the German Council of Science and Humanities. This initiative pursues the stated aim of "encouraging in a practical manner the science policy of open access to texts, primary data and other digital objects.".

The open-access component gives the authors of participating institutions (such as the University of Heidelberg) the right to place articles appearing in licensed journals in a document server (disciplinary und institutional repositories), making them available via open-access. This right applies in the first instance to articles published during the licence period 2011-2013, supported by the DFG.

Authors in Heidelberg can use the publications servers of the University of Heidelberg, heiDOK for this purpose.

Because various publishers have varying formal restrictions or embargo periods, the UB Heidelberg has summarised the following information, which describes the conditions of the individual publishers and professional bodies:

Publisher / professional body Form of publication Embargo
AIP - American Insitute of Physics publisher's version no
BMJ - British Medical Journals post-refereed accepted version 6 months
publisher's version 36 months
Annual Reviews pre-print version no
publisher's version via publisher's repository no
EMS - European Mathematical Society publisher's version no
S. Karger Verlag publisher's version 12 months
Oxford University Press post-print version 12-24 months (depending on journal)
RSC - Royal Society of Chemistry publisher's version 12 months
Sage Publishers publisher's version 12 months (or longer, depending on journal)
Walter de Gruyter (Humanities and social sciences journals only) publisher's version no
Zentralblatt Math Online Database (Springer) publisher's version max. 12 months

Your questions can be addressed to:
Ulrike Fälsch, LL. M.,
Dr. Martin Nissen

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