The Giessener Elektronische Bibliothek (GEB) is the central open access
publication and document server of Justus Liebig University. It represents the university by the scientific publications of its members. In 2013 it was awarded the DINI Certificate for Open Access repositories and publication services.
As a member of the university you have the possibility to publish your scientific work in a straightforward way and to make it permanently accessible:
Benefits of electronic publication
- primary scientific publications and publication series, e.g. books, journals, series, annual reports, research reports, articles, presentations, conference proceedings (open access Golden Road)
- already published publications, e.g. articles from journals or edited volumes (open access Green Road)
- documents whose publication is prescribed in the examination regulations, e.g. doctoral and habilitation theses
- documents by students of Justus Liebig University, e.g. bachelor's or master's theses, diploma theses or term papers, if the publication is recommended by the supervising professor.
- global free accessibility and searchability of your publication; increased readership, visibility and number of citations
- permanent availability and archiving of your publication with a stable and citable internet address
- free publishing for authors without delay caused by production, printing and distribution
- cost savings at the publication of doctoral theses by reducing the number of printed copies
- open access publication on the publication server
- enrichment of your publication with standardized metadata (Dublin Core), so that your publication can easily be discovered by search engines (e.g. Google, Google Scholar), OAI-Archive OAI-Archive (e.g. BASE) and library catalogues (e.g. WorldCat)
- long-term archiving at the German National Library and assignment of a persistent URN to guarantee long-term citability
- for edited volumes: content analysis by mapping of individual articles
- personal advice
A prerequisite for a publication in GEB is the transfer of permanent usage rights (among others for electronic storage of the document and for making it available to the public). You have to grant only simple usage rights. This means that a further publication in journals or books is possible, provided that the publisher agrees to the electronic publication in GEB.
If your document is already published (e.g. as a journal article) and if exclusive usage rights were transferred to the publisher, the possibility of a parallel publication in GEB must be checked. In many cases, the publishers allow a (sometimes time-delayed) parallel open access publication (http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/)
The observance of copyright law and third-party rights is in the responsibility of the authors or editors of the electronic document. For this and other questions the university library offers advice regarding compliance with these rights.