Publication platforms


Project management
Prof. Dr. Gudrun Gersmann
Professor of Early Modern History, University of Cologne
Prof. Dr. Johannes Paulmann
Director of the Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG), Mainz

Contact at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Dr. Eva Kraus
Phone:  +49 89 28638-2189

Review platform for European history – is a Europe-wide, multi-language platform for reviews of historical literature. is committed to the principles of open access: All content is permanently accessible for free. The platform's navigational languages are English, German and French. Reviews may be written in any European language. Currently, more than 40 relevant journals publish their book reviews on

Editorial offices of journals who have only published in print (or online) so far, can additionally make their review sections available on Authors can present the core statements of their publications on the platform. Gradually, moderated user comments can create "live reviews" of the work presented.

What does offer?

  • A highly increased visibility of reviews through a comprehensive platform search and by linking every single review to the respective book entry in the library catalogue
  • An improved searchability and findability by individually tagging all content with meta data categorizing each item with regard to topic, time and region
  • Long-time archival storage of all reviews
  • Editorial quality control regarding all content

Project partners is a joint project of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich, the University of Cologne and the Leibniz Institute of European History, Mainz.

University of Cologne
Leibniz Institute of European History, Mainz



Project management
Dr. Michael Kaiser
Max Weber Foundation – German Humanities Institutes Abroad, Bonn

Contact at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Gregor Horstkemper
Phone: +49 89 28638-2604

Publication platform of the Max Weber Foundation – is the online publication platform of the Max Weber Foundation. As an international portal covering several epochs, makes selected scholarly findings from the fields of humanities, social sciences and cultural studies available in barrier-free fashion, thereby furthering the development and intensification of scholarly communication. The excellent research performance of the foreign institutes, their partner organisations and cooperating scholars from Germany and abroad are to be offered the greatest possible visibility in line with the principle of open access. offers both genuinely electronic publications and retrospectively digitized printed publications. A continuously increasing number of journals, reviews, guidelines for scholars abroad, monographs and conference documentation can be searched in full-text mode and retrieved using cataloguing entries. The offer is complemented by databases or source editions for which a comprehensive portal is provided.

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich supports as a close cooperation partner, contributing its experience in the field of digital publishing, retro-digitization, long-time archiving and of subject indexing and cataloguing online publications by means of library catalogues and other search tools.