Properly Published? Requirements and Pitfalls Concerning Publishing, Copyright and Open Access at the University of Bonn

How do I name my project? What information do I have to put on the project website? Where do I publish my research results and what do third-party funding providers expect? All these questions have a legal dimension you should be aware of. This lecture provides some insights that can help you avoid nasty surprises in the future.

Online Event

Thursday, February 2, 2023
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Target Group

Postdocs, doctoral students and other interested early-career researchers





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This event consists of two consecutive lectures.

Compliance in connection with publications deals with questions of copyright and regulations within collaborative projects. Do the findings to be published belong to me? Can I publish them freely or do I have to coordinate with a project partner? Are there binding agreements on this or should there be?

In addition, there is the question of what must be considered if information about a project is to be published on the Internet? Can I just think of any suitable logo or use one from the internet, maybe from the sponsor? What other requirements could third-party funding organization, such as the EU, make on my project website?

The University of Bonn supports Open Science and strives to increase the proportion of its publications that appear in Open Access. Open access means that publicly funded scientific knowledge should be accessible without restrictions. To promote this type of scientific publication, the university, represented by the ULB, has concluded a number of contracts (e.g. Wiley and Springer Nature). There are also other Publish&Read agreements with other publishers and memberships in open access transformation initiatives. Since the financing of Open Access is in many cases based on a shift in the costs to be paid away from the classic journal subscription to a publication fee (so-called 'author pays'), the university has together with the ULB and the faculties or institutes set up an Open Access Publication Fund for journal publications. In addition, the ULB offers scientists from the university the possibility of open access publication of their work on our institutional repository 'bonndoc' (both as a first and a second publication).

At the event you will learn what the above contracts mean for you and how funding from the Open Access Publication Fund works. You will also learn what Open Access secondary publications are all about and what options our institutional repository 'bonndoc' offers you.

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Mirco Theiner is a lawyer, head of the Research Contracts Unit in the Research and Innovation Services and responsible for legal issues relating to research cooperation.

Dr. Daniel Rudolf holds a doctorate in chemistry. He works at the ULB as a specialist for chemistry, pharmacy, medicine and agriculture. He is a member of the Open Access Service Unit and the central contact for electronic laboratory books and open access.

Certificate Compliance

If you participate in at least six events of the series, you have the possibility to apply for a Certificate Compliance. Both German and English language events from different semesters can be credited for the certificate. For issuing the certificate, please contact the BGZ by e-mail.



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