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Friday, December 24, 2004

OA publishing in Germany

Rafael Ball, Open Access die Revolution im wissenschaftlichen Publizieren? In Bernard Bekavac et al. (eds.), Informationen zwischen Kultur und Marktwirtschaft: Proceedings des 9. Internationalen Symposiums fur Informationswissenschaft (October 6-8, 2004), Konstanz: UVK Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, 2004, pp. 413 432. In German but with this English-language abstract: 'The increase in the number of scientific disciplines, the continuing significant rise in the production of literature and the journal crisis at libraries has led the actors to seek new models for the publication of scientific results. The concept of Open Access comprises a whole number of different models. The spectrum ranges from simple institutional document servers to fully edited e-journals, from low-budget versions to commercial Open Access products. As a synthesis, the lecture presents the Open Access model of the Central Library at Research Centre Jülich [Forschungszentrum Jülich], which does not ignore successful publication systems, but which nevertheless puts into practice the idea of open access to information.'