Staff member Open Access Publication Services (m/f/d)

“This is a permanent position with a weekly working time of 39.80 hours (full-time). The position is generally suitable for part-time work. The remuneration is based on pay scale group 9b TV-L, depending on the qualifications.

TIB operates the open access publisher TIB Open Publishing. This service offers professional publishing options for scholarly journals and conference proceedings and is part of the library’s strategic open access orientation.

Your tasks
You will work in the field of TIB Open Publishing, an Open Access publisher aimed at national and international target groups. You will support customers, in particular the editors of journals and conference proceedings as well as authors and reviewers, and contribute to the production of the publications….” Open Access Helpdesk

From Google’s English:  “Welcome to the helpdesk of the project

The project is happy to support scientists with questions about open access. Our employees have many years of consulting experience and can answer inquiries quickly and competently.

If you need individual information on Open Access topics, please send us your question to the e-mail address .”

16th Berlin Open Access Conference: Together for Transformation


This year marks the 20th anniversary of the seminal Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. With the 16th Berlin Open Access Conference, organized by the OA2020 Initiative and hosted by the Max Planck Society, we will return to the setting where the Berlin Declaration originated. There, we will refine and renew our approaches to achieving the vision for an open information environment in the service of science and society, with a particular focus on transformative agreements (TAs)….”

Talking about Open Science: First Open Science Community Hannover Meetup – Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB)

“TIB launches Meetup on Open Science for interested parties from the Hannover region

The Open Science Lab of TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology invites everyone interested in Open Science from the Hannover region to the first Meetup of the Open Science Community Hannover (OSCH) – on 11 May 2023 from 17:00 to 19:00 in the lecture room of TIB at the TIB Science/Technology site.

Anyone who wants to share ideas on Open Science, Open Scholarship, Open Science Policy, Open Peer Review, Open Source Software and the importance of reproducibility, transparency and inclusivity in research, as well as many other topics related to Open Science, is in the right place for the Meetup….”

Reporting of retrospective registration in clinical trial publications: a cross-sectional study of German trials | BMJ Open

Abstract:  Objective Prospective registration has been widely implemented and accepted as a best practice in clinical research, but retrospective registration is still commonly found. We assessed to what extent retrospective registration is reported transparently in journal publications and investigated factors associated with transparent reporting.

Design We used a dataset of trials registered in or Deutsches Register Klinischer Studien, with a German University Medical Center as the lead centre, completed in 2009–2017, and with a corresponding peer-reviewed results publication. We extracted all registration statements from results publications of retrospectively registered trials and assessed whether they mention or justify the retrospective registration. We analysed associations of retrospective registration and reporting thereof with registration number reporting, International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) membership/-following and industry sponsorship using ?2 or Fisher exact test.

Results In the dataset of 1927 trials with a corresponding results publication, 956 (53.7%) were retrospectively registered. Of those, 2.2% (21) explicitly report the retrospective registration in the abstract and 3.5% (33) in the full text. In 2.1% (20) of publications, authors provide an explanation for the retrospective registration in the full text. Registration numbers were significantly underreported in abstracts of retrospectively registered trials compared with prospectively registered trials. Publications in ICMJE member journals did not have statistically significantly higher rates of both prospective registration and disclosure of retrospective registration, and publications in journals claiming to follow ICMJE recommendations showed statistically significantly lower rates compared with non-ICMJE-following journals. Industry sponsorship of trials was significantly associated with higher rates of prospective registration, but not with transparent registration reporting.

Conclusions Contrary to ICMJE guidance, retrospective registration is disclosed and explained only in a small number of retrospectively registered studies. Disclosure of the retrospective nature of the registration would require a brief statement in the manuscript and could be easily implemented by journals.

No Deal: German Researchers’ Publishing and Citing Behaviours after Big Deal Negotiations with Elsevier | Quantitative Science Studies | MIT Press

Abstract:  In 2014, a union of German research organisations established Projekt DEAL, a national-level project to negotiate licensing agreements with large scientific publishers. Negotiations between DEAL and Elsevier began in 2016, and broke down without a successful agreement in 2018; in this time, around 200 German research institutions cancelled their license agreements with Elsevier, leading Elsevier to restrict journal access at those institutions. We investigated the effect on researchers’ publishing and citing behaviours from a bibliometric perspective, using a dataset of ?400,000 articles published by researchers at DEAL institutions between 2012–2020. We further investigated these effects with respect to the timing of contract cancellations, research disciplines, collaboration patterns, and article open-access status. We find evidence for a decrease in Elsevier’s market share of articles from DEAL institutions, with the largest year-on-year market share decreases occuring from 2018 to 2020 following the implementation of access restrictions. We also observe year-on-year decreases in the proportion of citations, although the decrease is smaller. We conclude that negotiations with Elsevier and access restrictions have led to some reduced willingness to publish in Elsevier journals, but that researchers are not strongly affected in their ability to cite Elsevier articles, implying that researchers use other methods to access scientific literature.


Das Zweitveröffentlichungsrecht und die Causa Konstanz –

From Google’s English:  “Finally, in 2023, the Federal Constitutional Court wants to decide in the dispute over the right of secondary publication. The core question is whether scientists can be required to publish their articles freely accessible a second time after twelve months. What makes the regulation so offensive that law professors complained about it? …

In the open letter, the new statutes are described as “legally encroaching”, as a “violation of the fundamental right to academic freedom” and as “a violation of the guarantee of intellectual property”. Although one is “not against the idea of ??open access itself”, as the letter says literally, “but against the path taken by the university of converting the possibility of secondary publication into a compulsory instrument that is discredited in this way.” The new The regulation is therefore unanimously ignored by the professors of the law faculty. They would not republish their publications in the Open Access repository of the University of Konstanz….”

Job Opportunity: DARIAH seeks an Open Science Officer | DARIAH

“We are looking for an independently minded and highly motivated Open Science Officer to join DARIAH’s international team and contribute to the design and implementation of policy statements, guidelines and services related to the open dissemination of research outputs in the Arts and Humanities. 

This is a full-time position, preferably located at the DARIAH Coordination Office in Berlin, although remote applications from highly qualified candidates will also be considered….”

Open Science Festival 2023

“On July 4th and 5th, 2023, the second German Open Science Festival will take place in Cologne. A festival with a mix of current topics and formats related to Open Science

     • Organized by ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences, the University of Cologne and the University Library Cologne

     • For students, (young) scientists and anyone who wants to know more about Open Science….”

DEAL ist ein Problem – Gespräch mit Thomas Stäcker über die Folgen der Digitalisierung für Bibliotheken (3) – Aus der Forschungs­bibliothek Krekelborn

From Google’s English:  

“Isn’t it obvious that the DEAL project wants to promote open access, but that this good intention is bought at a high price and the oligopoly structures in the science market are being consolidated?

I agree with you there. However, many colleagues in the library world see things differently and see DEAL as a success. After a few years of observation, however, I have to confirm the diagnosis that expectations in DEAL as a game changer in terms of the publication system are being disappointed. We don’t save any money. Promises of reallocating funds are unrealistic. I consider the still existing restriction to a few players to be fatal, since existing oligopolies are being further entrenched. The really good thing about DEAL is that you negotiate on a national level in a consortium. It is also very important that the German Rectors’ Conference organizes this process, because science itself and not just the libraries are involved.So I think a lot of DEAL as a structure, but I don’t think that DEAL is still addressing the right issues at the moment. Why can’t DEAL as a consortium also serve, for example, to establish Diamond Open Access structures? You could get the funding for this, for example from the DFG….”

Open-Access-Tage: Open-Access-Days 2023 – Shaping visions. Sept 27-29, 2023, Berlin. General CfP open until March 31, 2023.

English version via gTranslate

Open Access Days 2023: Shaping visions

The Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Scientific Knowledge was published 20 years ago . Since then, Open Access has increasingly become an integral part of scientific practice and research-supporting work. This was accompanied by the emergence of new job descriptions, technologies, infrastructures and business areas. However, the process of transforming academic publishing is far from over and the vision of a better, more efficient, fairer and more inclusive academic publishing system is still relevant. 

The program committee of the Open Access Days 2023 cordially invites you to submit contributions on the topic of shaping visions .
Submissions on all topics related to Open Access are welcome. In particular, we would like to encourage submissions on the following topics, which are currently of great relevance for shaping the future of Open Access:

Organizational forms and developments in the scientific and cultural heritage institutions:

While the professionalization of the services and infrastructures for Open Access is well advanced, the organizational structures often do not reflect this change. In day-to-day organizational work, Open Access or Open Science teams are often run as an addition to the “actual” library or other research-supporting departments. The information budget aims to merge open access and the traditional acquisition budget of libraries, but the effects on the structure of the institutions have not yet been identified. This raises questions such as: What organizational changes are needed to support and further develop Open Access in a targeted manner? What structures should or can be created to firmly establish Open Access publishing in the institutions? How does the introduction of the information budget affect the institutions? How is open access transforming the processes in libraries and research-supporting departments? What does it mean in organizational terms when public institutions increasingly act as infrastructure providers themselves?

Design potential of libraries on the publication market:

Libraries are among the most important actors here. With their collection and inventory policy, they shape the market just as much as they are at its mercy. For example, individual libraries determine the funding criteria for OA funds and national contract consortia such as DEAL normalize the processing of billing models for certain publishers. However, other models are also excluded – consciously or unconsciously – or for scientists * inInmade it less attractive. Here, for example, the following questions arise: How can libraries make their design options and the implications of their actions clear? How do the decisions and actions of libraries affect developments in the publication market? How can decision-making processes reflect both local needs (e.g. scientists * inInto support them) as well as the more global possibilities of influencing, for example when dealing with offers from publishers?

Diversity of publication formats and workflows:

With the Internet, the Berlin Declaration already outlines the possibilities of an interactive representation of human knowledge. Currently, however, static documents are still widespread, which are mostly based on printed products from the last few centuries. The technical possibilities for additional networking and display options are much more available today than they were then. In practice, however, the wide range of options has so far not been very visible. The following questions arise, especially against the background of the different publication cultures in the specialist disciplines: Where are multimedia publication formats or enhanced publications used? Which interactions do experimental publication formats enable?
According to the idea of ??open science, not only the text but also the research data are openly accessible and the research process is documented transparently. What are the resulting requirements for open publication infrastructures such as repositories? Which changes in the publication workflow result, for example, from the pre-registration of studies, from registered reports or open peer reviews? What legal questions arise from these diverse formats? Which technical developments, for example in the field of metadata, are forward-looking? What do these changes mean for the supporting activities related to open access at scientific institutions and cultural heritage institutions as well as for financing models? 

About the conference

The Open Access Days are the central annu

Open Access in Berlin und Brandenburg : Klappe, die zweite

Thanks to various measures, the Berlin-Brandenburg region is very active and present when it comes to OA. One feature of this commitment is numerous exchange and communication formats. The virtual Open Access Week “Quo Vadis Open Science”, which runs from November 2021 to March 2022, is an example of this.

Der Publikationsfonds für Open-Access-Monografien des Landes Brandenburg. Verlagserfahrungen und Kostentransparenz | Zenodo

From Google’s English:  “In these presentation slides, information on the publication fund for Open Access monographs of the State of Brandenburg is presented in a broken down manner. The presentation slides were used as part of a training course held on February 22nd, 2023 by the Networking and Competence Center Open Access Brandenburg (VuK). The applications for approved publications and the Open Access cost breakdowns by the publishers, which must be submitted as part of the application process, are particularly highlighted. 

The publication fund for Open Access monographs and the work of the VuK is financed by the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg.”