Open Access means permanent access to scientific information on the Internet for everyone and free of charge. The Open Access team of the University Library advises and supports Braunschweig's scientists in all questions concerning
Digital Library - The Official Repository of TU Braunschweig
The Digital Library is the official repository of TU Braunschweig. Scientists of TU Braunschweig can publish here their articles as Gold Open Access ('Primary publication') or Green Open Access ('Secondary publication'). Information for authors can be found on the webpages of the Digital Library (in German only).
Predatory or Fake Publishing refers to unfair business models of dubious publishers, conference organizers or e-journal publishers. High quality business processes and competetive pricing are merely faked. The usual quality assurance process, e.g. peer review process through an editorial board, does not run through at all or not according to applicable standards. The prices for publishing are much too high. (excerpt from: Announcement of Max-Planck-Society).
Due to inadequate quality assurance of the content of predatory journals the published research results are suspicious of qualitative deficiency. This carries a great danger of damaging the authors own reputation and the reputation of the TU Braunschweig. As a rule, visibility, accessibility and long-term availability of research results published in predatory journals has to be questioned at least. These business practices and models should not be supported at all!
Many predatory journal publishers or conference organizers are characterized by using quite often personalised e-mail advertising. In addition, the journal titles are similar to well-kown and well-renowned journal titles, so that they are suggesting high impact factors or similar indicators.
Many predatory conferences take place in popular destinations and provide a wide range of topics. Large numbers of participants and the announcement of well-known and well-renowned scientists (without their approval or knowledge) suggest seriousness.
If you are going to publish an article, please check whether the journal or book publisher is listed in Scopus, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) or the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) and/or whether the publisher is a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) or not. If none of these criteria are met please check the journal in one of the following sources:
If you haven't found any information about the journal, please search for the publisher or conference organizer on the Internet, in professional forums of scientific communities or contact us!
Compulsory copies of dissertations and habilitations are submitted to the thesis office. If all requirements are fulfilled, a confirmation will be provided that is necessary to receive the doctoral certificate.
TUBS.researchdata - Service Center Research Data offers advice and support for example in handling of research data, in context of applications for third-party funding and through training courses. An institutional research data repository is also being planned.
Bibliometrics deals with the measurement of scientific publications and uses statistical methods to describe publishing behaviour. It is an useful method to increase the visibility of your own research and to help you to optimise your publishing strategy. We support you with publication and citation analyses.