Category: Open Access

Open Access Myths: What’s the Truth?

Open Access Myths: What’s the Truth?

When it comes to publishing in Open Access, a multitude of prejudices can be heard. But are they even true? A new handout sheds a light on the eight most common Open Access myths. The handout, “Open Access Myths: What’s the Truth?” explores a selection of eight widely held prejudices about Open Access. They include claims such as “Open Access publications are rarely of high quality” or “Publishing in Open Access is too expensive.” Other myths concern, for example, impact or visibility and prestige, freedom of publication, career opportunities, and personal benefits. Read the handout to find out how much […]

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Choosing the Best Open Access Journal for Your Paper: How the new oa.finder Helps

Choosing the Best Open Access Journal for Your Paper: How the new oa.finder Helps

Which journal is the right one for the paper I am planning? Faced with thousands of specialist journals, choosing the right one is a challenge. Especially if you want to publish in Open Access and have to keep an eye on the financing of possible fees. The new tool oa.finder now offers further support with its extensive search and filter options. At the end of October 2022, the new KB entry was launched. Developed as part of the joint project “open-access.network” funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and operated by Bielefeld University Library, the free search tool provides […]

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Greater Dissemination Thanks to Open Access: EconStor for Publications in Economics and Business Studies

Greater Dissemination Thanks to Open Access: EconStor for Publications in Economics and Business Studies

EconStor is a central Open Access publication server for publications in economics and business studies. Publications uploaded there receive a permanently stable, citable link, greater dissemination and more visibility. Learn how to publish there yourself in this blog post. EconStor is one of the largest Open Access publication servers for research papers in economics and business studies and is heavily used worldwide. In 2020, for example, nearly 13 million documents were downloaded, almost 80 percent of them outside of Germany. Nearly 240,000 working papers and other full texts On the publication server operated by the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for […]

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Easier Search: 5 Useful Browser Extensions for Open Content

Easier Search: 5 Useful Browser Extensions for Open Content

Browser extensions simplify work by integrating activities directly into the web browser and thus into the workflow. Various browser extensions make searching in the context of research work easier. Here is an overview. A browser extension can easily be added to your own browser or browsers. It increases the functionality of browsers by adding new options. Browser extensions exist for a wide variety of applications and can make research work much easier. Here are some browser extensions that work well to help you find Open Access literature and royalty-free images (in alphabetical order): The CC Search Browser Extension allows you […]

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Recognizing Reputable Journals and Publishers: How Think. Check. Submit. Helps you With Your Publication

Recognizing Reputable Journals and Publishers: How Think. Check. Submit. Helps you With Your Publication

Nobody wants to accidentally publish in a dubious journal or with a dubious publisher. To prevent this from happening, there are a number of criteria you should consider. The website Think. Check. Submit. summarizes these in convenient checklists. Just try it out and gain confidence for a serious publication in Open Access. Predatory publishing is a fraudulent business model used by certain open access publishers. These pretend to be fully fledged research journals. They charge publication fees to authors that are customary in the Open Access segment. However, they do not provide the editorial and publishing services expected of serious […]

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More Visibility With ORCID ID: It’s That Easy

More Visibility With ORCID ID: It’s That Easy

An ORCID ID ensures that individuals are distinguishable and that your research is properly attributed. So, by using an ORCID ID, you ensure that you get credit for your research achievements. In addition, this improves the discoverability of your research results. In the blog post, you will see that it is quite easy to create an ORCID ID. At ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identification Initiative) any person can register a unique identification number (ID). This ID makes a person distinguishable from other persons. This is important because several people can have the same name, spelling variants of a name can […]

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Find Free Open Access Literature and Stay Informed: Four pro Tips for EconBiz

Find Free Open Access Literature and Stay Informed: Four pro Tips for EconBiz

The specialist portal EconBiz provides access to business studies and economics literature, including many Open Access full texts and journals as well as Open Educational Resources. This blog post introduces the subject portal and shows you four features of EconBiz to simplify your search for Open Access publications. EconBiz is a portal for literature search in important German and international databases for business studies and economics, including the holdings of the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics. It provides access to free and licensed full texts, for example to Open Access publications provided by the ZBW. Thus, EconBiz supports […]

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More Awareness Through Open Research Data: How to Find a FAIR Repository

More Awareness Through Open Research Data: How to Find a FAIR Repository

Would you like to store your research data securely for the long term and make it easy to find on a repository that follows the FAIR principles? But how can you find a FAIR repository? In this blog post a search strategy is described for you. When you use a FAIR data repositor, it facilitates or enables you to make your data FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable). This allows you to benefit from many advantages, such as a greater impact of your research. Unfortunately, finding the right repository is not always easy. This is because there is no central […]

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