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Open Publishing LMU

The University Library of the LMU München has joined forces with a publishing service provider to enable members of the LMU to present the results of their research on open access in both print and digital form simultaneously and according to the terms of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences. Both editions will be published subject to the conditions of the Creative Commons Licence CC BY 4.0 or CC BY-SA 4.0. With Open Publishing LMU the authors retain all usage rights; they are thus also able to publish their work elsewhere.

Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities
Creative Commons Licence (CC BY 4.0 and CC BY-SA 4.0)


The Open Publishing LMU offer is open to various target groups and encompasses different types of publication projects:

  • Scholars of the LMU can publish their own works or edited collections of works such as conference proceedings.
  • Postgraduate doctoral and habilitation candidates can self-publish their theses as printed books in the series “Dissertationen der LMU”  or “Habilitationsschriften der LMU”.
  • Outstanding postgraduate doctoral candidates in the humanities and social sciences can receive a publication grant to enable them to publish their theses in the series “Open Publishing in the Humanities” (OPH).


The print edition will be assigned an ISBN. The electronic version will be published on Open Access LMU or in the LMU Repository of Electronic Theses, archived on a long-term basis and provided with a stable and citable address (DOI and URN). In addition, the OPH series will also be presented on its own webpage.

The use of the software InDesign for the manuscripts ensures a professional layout. In the OPH series, funding for external editing and proof-reading are an integral part of the service. All authors are expected to fulfil the standards of good scholarly practice

The simultaneous publication of research data is also possible, for example using the Open Data LMU repository.

LMU guidelines on academic self-control (in German)
“Open Data LMU” repository
Sample contract series "Dissertationen der LMU"

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