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Financing our infrastructure

The University Library participates in numerous projects aimed at promoting Open Access in scholarship.

Hosting and operating the Munich Personal RePEc Archive (MPRA)

MPRA stands for the Munich Personal RePEC Archive, a preprint platform for scholarly publications in the field of economics. The platform was launched in 2006 and since then has been hosted by the University Library of the LMU. The MPRA's main purpose is to enable the transfer of bibliographical metadata from publications to the RePEc network.

Plattform Munich Personal RePEc Archive

transcript OPEN library Politikwissenschaft

The „transcript Open Library Politikwissenschaft” (Political Science) is a joint project of the publishing house transcript and the National Open Access Contact Point OA2020-DE. The University Library is a member of the library network transcript Open Library Politikwissenschaft 2019.

transcript OPEN library Politikwissenschaft project information (in German)

Knowledge Unlatched (KU)

The Open Access initiative Knowledge Unlatched provides a central repository supporting both the open access models of established publishing houses and new OA initiatives. By paying a crowdfunding fee, participating libraries can support the publication of books and journals on open access. The main focus is on the programme KU Select with its annually updated collections. In addition there are also a number of current KU partnership offers.

Knowledge Unlatched project website

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

The DOAJ is an index of electronic journals, with full texts freely available on the internet according to the principles of Open Access. The prerequisite for admission to the DOAJ is the existence of a quality assurance procedure such as peer review. Indexing and usage are free of charge. Financial support is provided by sponsors (40%) and DOAJ members through the DOAJ Membership scheme (60%). The LMU participates through the Bayern-Konsortium.

Directory of Open Access Journals platform

Open Library of Humanities (OLH)

The Open Library of Humanities is a non-profit open access publishing house for the humanities and social sciences. It is not funded by publication fees (APCs) but through consortium-based payments from participating libraries and institutions throughout the world. The University Library of the LMU Munich also participates in the OLH.

About the Open-Access-Modell without APC

The OA Transformations Project of the  Thieme journal „Hormone and Metabolic Research“

The publisher Thieme's pilot project is focused on the long term transfer of access to "Hormone and Metabolic Research" from a subscription basis to open access. Following its development the model was submitted to the DFG on May 1 2018 as a transformation project proposal under the Open Access Transformation scheme. The goal hereby is to secure funding from the DFG for 25% of the subscription contingent.

Press release with further information (in German)

Open Access rights with alliance and national licences

The alliance and national licences model with open access components combines the licensing of information resources with ensuring that the publications of individual institutions are made publicly available.

Both the alliance licences launched in 2011 and some national licences from 2009 onwards make provision for the secondary publication of commercially published works via the Green Path. The relevant conditions will usually be specified individually by the publishing houses.


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