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BOSS - the one-stop search engine!

Use our BOSS portal to browse through our catalogue, databases, e-books and e-resources.

In BOSS you can find your user account and place interlibrary loans.

OPUS Repository

Publish your digital works on HFU's OPUS server with just a few clicks. Your work is then not only permanently archived, but also visible and accessible to the public in library catalogues and search engines:

External link opens in a new window:OPUS University Publication Server
External link opens in a new window:Instructions for uploading your thesis

Electronic publishing - Open access

We support you in publishing in Open Access journals.

General information about Open Access

The aim of Open Access is to make scientific knowledge accessible free of charge and barrier-free on the internet and to make it reusable in compliance with copyright law.

Publishing Open Access: Golden Path and Green Path

Gold Path

The Gold Path is the initial publication of scientific and scholarly works in open access journals against payment of a publication fee. The publishers usually grant the users blanket rights of subsequent use through already established licences of use, such as External link opens in a new window:CC licences.
If no usage licences are granted, External link opens in a new window:copyright law applies.

Directory of quality-assured open access journals

External link opens in a new window:DOAJ Directory of Open Access Journals  

The DOAJ is run by a non-profit organisation and is regarded as a reliable reference system for quality-checked open access journals. It now contains the data of approximately 17,000 peer-reviewed open access journals in all fields of knowledge.

Selecting the right open access journal for your publication

The following websites make it easier to find the right open access journal:

  • External link opens in a new window:oa.finder
    The research tool for scientific publication processes also provides information on Open Access and transformation contracts at HFU.
  • External link opens in a new window:Think Check Submit
    A checklist with selection criteria for finding trustworthy journals to publish research results
  • B!SON Bibliometric and Semantic Open Access Recommender Network
    Recommendation of Open Access journals on the basis of semantic and bibliometric similarity of the text to be published and already published open access publications.

Green Path

The Green Path is the term used to describe the secondary publication of scientific publications that have previously appeared in a (Closed Access) journal. Our External link opens in a new window:OPUS Repository, for example, serves as an Open Access platform.

The repository has been online since 2016 with the main functions of searching, browsing, and publishing.

Documents published in the repository are uniquely identifiable, permanently referenced and available via a persistent identifier (URN: Uniform Resource Name). This means that research results can be made available to the general public freely and without restriction.

OPUS-HFU also takes on the task of a bibliography of all HFU publications, regardless of their publication form.

Another function of the repository is the generation of publication lists of HFU members and HFU institutions and their integration on the corresponding websites.

How-to instructions for publishing in OPUS-HFU can be found here:
External link opens in a new window:https://howto.hs-furtwangen.de/hc/bib-70-020/

Financing Open Access

Financing Open Access

HFU Publication Fund (only for Open Access Gold)

  • Maximum fixed grant of up to €1,000 (of which €700 DFG Open Access Fund share and €300 HFU)
  • Financing of the remaining amount from your cost centre(s)
  • Own budget for the total amount for the article in the project must be used as a matter of priority.
  • Full cost coverage is possible in justified exceptional cases. Please send justification to Email application is started:oa(at)hs-furtwangen.de.
  • Review and approval of the application will be done by the library. Please mail to Email application is started:oa(at)hs-furtwangen.de.

DEAL- SPRINGER NATURE (contract period: 2020-2023)

As part of the External link opens in a new window:DEAL project, Furtwangen University has joined the nationwide External link opens in a new window:licensing agreement with SPRINGER NATURE.
This contract is based on the so-called "Publish & Read" model and offers the following advantages:

  • Full text access to approx. 2,000 e-journals from the Springer-Verlag journal portfolio including backfiles from 1997 onwards (Springer, Palgrave, Adis and Macmillan. Not included: Nature branded journals as well as magazines and technical journals such as Spektrum der Wissenschaft, ATZ) available in this list of titles (excel table).
  • University members can publish all publications in journals subject to subscription (hybrid journals) under a External link opens in a new window:Creative Commons Licence (CC-BY) Open Access at no extra cost.
  • University members receive a 20% discount on the list prices for APCs (article processing charges) for publishing in approximately 500 Gold Open Access journals.

External link opens in a new window:Detailed information on publishing in Springer journals and a current list of titles

SAGE / Premier package - Open Access agreement

This licence allows members of Furtwangen University the following Open Access publications:

  • "SAGE Choice" is the name given to the Open Access publication of articles in hybrid journals. Publishing in these approx. 900 hybrid journals is free of charge (see list of titles, Excel table).
  • A 20% publisher's discount on the list price is granted for articles published in one of the approximately 200 Gold Open Access journals (see list of titles, Excel table).
  • List of journals excluded from SAGE Choice
Open Access process

This External link opens in a new window:graphic demonstrates the various options for Open Access publication and which is the best option for you.
Source: Brinken, H. & Rücknagel, J. (2021). Open Access – Das sind Ihre Möglichkeiten für die Publikation von Artikeln. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5045255 (External link opens in a new window:CC BY-SA 4.0).

Persistent identifiers

Persons and institutions can be uniquely identified by means of a persistent identifier (PID). Data and digital objects become permanently citable and re-usable through persistent identifiers.

For individuals: ORCID Open Researcher and Contributor ID.

ORCID is a directory of unique, persistent identifiers (ID) for researchers that is open, non-profit, transparent, portable and research-oriented. ORCID provides you with a persistent digital ID that distinguishes you from all other researchers and helps you link your professional activities in an automated way.

More information about ORCID:

For data and digital objects: DOI and URN

The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and the Uniform Resource Name (URN) are the most commonly used identifier systems. These persistent identifiers can be used to locate objects precisely. Scientific results can thus be cited reliably and in a standardised form.

In the university repository, OPUS-HFU these identifiers are generated automatically when publishing.

For institutions: GND and ROR

  • The GND (Gemeinsame Normdatei) is coordinated by the German National Library and maintained jointly by many academic libraries, so that the information is curated. There are initial procedures for linking the GND and ORCID. Among others, Wikipedia Germany uses the GND for referencing.
    The External link opens in a new window:GND Explorer will be the new display and research tool for the Common Body of Standards. Access to the beta version is currently available.
    For the unique designation and spelling of an institution, there is ROR (Research Organisation Registry).
  • ROR ID of Furtwangen University: https://ror.org/02m11x73

Further information on persistent identifiers

Contact details

You can reach us here: oa(at)hs-furtwangen.de

If you say BIB, you have to say APP

The HFU Libraries app combines the extensive services offered by the libraries at the three university locations Furtwangen, VS-Schwenningen and Tuttlingen:
In addition to giving you direct access to our library catalogues and your user account, the HFU Bib app also provides you with an overview of our service portfolio at the three library locations in terms of content and location: the maps of our libraries show you where you can find the media or services you are looking for at any time.

In addition, the app includes the option of consulting via WhatsApp, it contains our current opening hours, and the introduction of our experts who are available to provide you with advice and assistance.

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