Your OA-approach

We recommend the following procedure if you want to publish an article in a (Open Access)Journal or hand a paper/ presentation to a conference :

  1. select the appropriate journal or conference


    1. quality of journal/ conference

Please check which journal or conference is suitable for you.


Please check via quality criteria of  "Think.Check.Submit" (journal quality) resp. "Think.Check.Attend" (conference quality) or checklist "Clues to Quality of Journals"  if a journal or conference is high-quality  and not a predatory journal/ predatory conference.

To prevent predatory publishing the HZI Publication Rules now also contain the Supplement Key-criteria to check the quality of scientific journals and HZI Library is also checking the place of publication of scientific material sent to papers@...

Details on page "Predatory Publishers" (Intranet)

You can look for the journal's impact factor via the journal's provider (e.g. BioMed Central) or via Journal Citation Report. Currently, specific methods for measuring the impact factor, so-called "Alt-metrics", are also being developed for Open Access journals (see "ImpactFactor and additional information", 9.Mai 2014).

The different ways of publishing are shown in this picture (published as CC):


ii. type of financing

Beside checking if quality assurance methods (peer review etc.) are undertaken check also the type of financing: golden way, green way, hybrid journal etc. (see infographic above: ways of publishing). During searching for a suitable journal the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a helpful tool.

If you are not sure wether to publish in an Open Access-journal please keep in mind that recent studies have shown that the impact of OA articles is significantly higher than that of limited-access articles.

Benefits of Open Access Publishing:
  • key benefit for authors: it could increase the reach of your research while the article's copyright * is retained by you - which is proven by several studies e.g. Swan see "The Rise of Open Access" - in terms of visibility and/ or higher impact
  • public interest: citizens should have access to publicly funded research (publications as well as the underlying research data e.g. via CreativeCommons), there is also the trend to engage the general public to enrich scientific research with their observations/ data ("Citizen Science")
  • Equity: a) within the institutions: departments at institutions with smaller library budgets should not be penalized, b) internationally: –high cost of journal access particularly disadvantages third world countries
  • expand the usage of modern web technologies (incl. reduced costs via eliminating "legacy" publishing requirements such as printing and subscription management)

* If you don't publish your paper in Gold OpenAccess


iii. second postprint publication allowed?

Please check if the journal in which you want to publish allows a postprint publication (e.g. in HZI OpenRepository) via SHERPA/RoMEO. (colour "green" or "yellow"). Details on the legal aspect can be found in the FAQs about the so-called Zweitveröffentlichungsrecht / ZVR (UrhG § 38 Abs. 4) published by the focus initiative "Digitale Information".


  1. adhere to HZI Publication rules


  1. submit your article (3 days before: submitting content via mail to papers@h...)

After sending your paper for checking -e.g. relevance to patent ... - to papers@h... submit your publication to the journal of your choice. Please indicate in case of an institutional membership (see HZI and OpenAccess) the HZI as a member institution.


  1. Let your article be available in HZI OpenRepository

When your article is published, please ensure the long-term archiving of your research results and findings and thus enable the re-use of it via HZI Open Repository. The HZI Open Repository and the HZI publication database are run as full service units for scientists of HZI, (HIPS) and Twincore  and the Studienzentrum Hannover: the HZI Library takes custody of  adding and enriching - you as a scientist need only to send the submitted manuscript (see Policy).

The benefits of adding your publications to the repository is explained in this video-Teaser:



Please also have a look at the following pages in the section OpenAccess :


If you have questions regarding publishing and OpenAccess or if you need additional support please do not hesitate to contact us.