Self-Archiving and Disciplinary Networking

The University Library operates an institutional repository, PUB - Publications at Bielefeld University, via which unrefereed versions (preprints) or refereed versions (postprints) of articles, book chapters, etc. can be made openly accessible.
By now, over two-thirds of all scholarly publishers worldwide allow contributions published in their journals, edited volumes, or conference proceedings to be self-archived.

Which texts may I make freely accessible and when may I do so?

As a general rule, the terms of the agreement that you concluded with the publisher when you submitted your manuscript apply. You should therefore be familiar with the legal options before you conclude the publishing agreement. More information on authors' rights and publishing agreements can be found on the information platform

Services provided by Bielefeld University

The documents made publicly available in PUB are accessible worldwide free of charge and discoverable via all major search engines (e.g. Google, Google Scholar, BASE). The documents are linked to the entries in the scholars' and scientists'personal publication lists, where they can be viewed or downloaded. Each document is assigned a stable URN (Uniform Resource Name), which ensures the long-term citability of your publication.
Research data that are made publicly available in PUB are also linked to the publication reference.
The personal publication lists are automatically integrated into the university's Directory of Staff and Departments (PEVZ).
Publication lists maintained in the PUB repository can easily be integrated into the authors' own internal or external websites or combined to form publication lists of entire work areas, chairs, or faculties.


Disciplinary networking

In order to promote open access to scientific information, open access publications are indexed in disciplinary repositories such as Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC), and

Via Europe PMC's External Links Service, freely accessible full texts that have been uploaded to PUB automatically enrich the bibliographic data in Europe PMC. As a result, users of Europe PMC have access to the full texts, thereby significantly increasing the visibility of your texts.
In turn, data that are linked in Europe PMC to related, cited, and citing publications enrich your PUB entries, as is the case, for example, with research data of the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI).


Personal Service

We will be glad to take care of the archiving of larger numbers of documents as open access full texts in PUB for you! Just send us your documents or a link to your home page.

We will be happy to personally answer any questions you may have and we look forward to your suggestions.