Open-access journals for scholarship

Journals | © BSB/  L. Landes
Journals | © BSB/ L. Landes


The Center for Electronic Publishing (Zentrum für Elektronisches Publizieren, ZEP) uses the open-source software "Open Journal Systems" for making scholarly journals available in open access. Both the foundation of genuinely digital journals (gold road) and the retrospective processing of journals published in classical manner so far (green road) can be implemented technically at the ZEP.

With regard to content, the focus is on journals from the fields of humanities and social sciences which are connected to the fields of collection emphasis of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. In cooperation with the editorial offices most frequently located at non-university research institutions for humanities, the ZEP assumes the extensive processing of digitized data stocks, the comprehensive set-up of the journals' presence and the day-to-day operation of the online platform.

The requirements of each journal with regard to metadata structure, subject cataloguing, special characters or editorial work flow are taken account of individually. These are critical aspects for highly specialised humanities journals in particular, not least since input work flows need to be adapted frequently to take account of several decades of publication history and correspondingly voluminous data stocks. The adaptations and developments of the OJS software required for this purpose are developed in cooperation with the German and international developers' community of Open Journal Systems.

Open Journal Systems

Already available online:
Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung
(Journal for the research of East Central Europe of the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, Institute of the Leibniz Association, Marburg)
Bohemia – Zeitschrift für Geschichte und Kultur der böhmischen Länder
(Journal for the history and culture of the Bohemian countries of the Collegium Carolinum – Research Institute for the History of the Czech and the Slovak Republics, Munich)

Further journals are currently being prepared. The corresponding links will be provided here consecutively.

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