By providing Open Access to academic publications, we make research findings more visible to more people and this helps to accelerate the process of innovation.
The Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe promotes Open Access and has adopted an Open Access Policy.
At the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, our research staff have the opportunity to offer their publications on an open source basis via our in-house Publication Server and using the open source software OPUS. These tools also give them the option of verifying any of their existing Open Access publications. The metadata contained in their published works can then be passed on via a standardized interface (OAI-PMH 2.0) to other portals, including LeibnizOpen, the Open Access portal of the Leibniz Association.
The Herder-Institute sponsors and carries the discipline-specific repository OstDok in cooperation with the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Collegium Carolinum and Leibniz-Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung. It is the central Open Access repository for interdisciplinary research for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies. Originating in a collaborative project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) between 2009-2015, the repository is being supported and further developed since 2016 in the context of the Specialised Information Service for Russian, Eastern and Southeastern European Studies.
Due to the multi-faceted nature of the work we do at the Herder Institute, Open Access here does not just mean ensuring that academic publications like monographs, anthologies, essays and blog posts are made freely available. For us, Open Access also means providing free access to research data, metadata and digital content from the collections, as well as “dynamic knowledge inventories” (databases, digital publications), and that we continue to develop open source software for the Digital Humanities. In order to support Open Access at the Herder Institute in all of its wide-ranging aspects, the following people are available to advise on specific topics: