Library communication 1/2024

17. January 2024

New e-book packages in the University Library's digital offering

At the beginning of 2024, the University Library significantly expanded its range of e-books available campus-wide through the permanent acquisition of access licenses. A particular focus is the expansion of the range of English-language titles. The following packages were acquired:

The Faculty of Business, Economics and Media has made its own funds available for the acquisition of two English-language e-book packages from Springer Nature:

The individual titles of the packages for the publication year 2024 will only become available gradually over the course of the year and can then be found via our catalog.

Like all content licensed for a fee, the new e-books are only accessible from the campus network or from outside via VPN or Shibboleth authentication.

If you have any questions, please contact the University Library's licensing team:

Library communication 2/2023

19 December 2023

Open Access publication support

DEAL agreements with Elsevier, Wiley and Springer

Under the auspices of the German Rectors' Conference, open access transformation agreements were concluded with the three major scientific publishers Elsevier, Springer Nature and Wiley at the end of 2023. TU Ilmenau has signed up to all three agreements, meaning that members and affiliates of the university will receive open access publication rights in addition to access to almost the entire range of journals offered by the publishers (

As far as funding is concerned, these are completely new types of agreements. For the first time, the costs are based entirely on the number of publications with a corresponding author from the participating institution. The Presidential Board, faculties and university library of TU Ilmenau have agreed on a model for joint financing for 2024, which nevertheless exempts publishers from direct cost responsibility. A fund will be set up into which financial resources from the faculties and the university library will flow. The guiding principle is to make publishing attractive under fundamentally changed conditions and to improve the visibility of research results.

The following key points must be observed for publishing in journals published by Elsevier, Springer Nature and Wiley from January 1, 2024:

In the journals of the three publishers that do not work entirely according to the open access model (hybrid open access), publications with a corresponding author from TU Ilmenau will be assigned to us as an institution on the basis of the affiliation and e-mail address provided upon submission. No further action is then required on the part of the publisher. The article costs (publish-and-read fee) are borne by the joint fund of the faculties and the university library.
TU Ilmenau remains liable for the costs even if you decline the Open Access option.

The hybrid Open Access journals covered by the DEAL contract with Wiley are divided into three price groups. It may be worth taking a look at which price level a journal is assigned to in order to reduce the overall costs for TU Ilmenau.

According to the regulations of the DEAL contracts, participating institutions are charged separately for articles in journals from Elsevier, Springer Nature and Wiley that work entirely according to the Open Access model (Gold Open Access). Discounts on publication fees apply (usually 20%). Nothing will change here: In 2024, the University Library will continue to offer financial support of up to EUR 1,800 upon application. Any additional costs must be borne by departments.

Further information for authors (e.g. journal lists) can be found on our website. he University Library will track the development of publications and costs for TU Ilmenau with DEAL publishers over the course of the year.

Further new transformation contracts to promote Open Access

The University Library is expanding the range of existing transformation agreements for the promotion of Open Access at TU Ilmenau to include agreements with Taylor & Francis, Optica, Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and American Chemical Society (ACS).

Please note the article quotas for the respective funding year as well as regulations on necessary cost sharing by the departments. Further information on these and other agreements can be found on our website.

If you have any questions or comments on Open Access publishing, please contact the Open Access Services of the University Library: If you have general questions about the agreements concluded or the licensed content, please contact the licensing team:


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