New services, current seminars, interesting project developments - here you will find all the news from the "Research & Publishing" section.

April 2023: DFG project SOCIOS has started.

As part of the DFG project SOCIOS, we are developing a digital publication platform for collaborative writing and open peer review in the social sciences in cooperation with four social science information services. The platform uses the potential of Open Science to achieve faster and more flexible publication results in social science discourse in a fair, sustainable and quality-assured manner.

We will keep you up to date on the development status of SOCIOS under Projects >>


April 2023: Finding an Open Access journal for your own publication

You have prepared a manuscript and want to publish Open Access in a journal and don't know which journal to choose? These tools can help you choose:

The free search tool operated by Bielefeld University Library provides information on Open Access, subject and impact for over 55,000 journals.


The B!SON Journal Recommende is available both for independent use by researchers and as a tool for publication advice. The recommendation system identifies content-relevant, quality-assured OA journals.

Further information on these services >>

March 2023: Open Access Publications Mercator Institute / Waxmann Publisher - Pilot Project

In a pilot project, we are jointly funding the following three monographs by the Mercator Institute for Language Development and German as a Second Language as open access publications by Waxmann Publisher.

Further information about the Mercator Institute and the Waxman Publisher >>

January 2023: Open Access News

The UCL Cologne has joined further Open Access agreements of various publishers. For you as a member of the University of Cologne, the publication of Open Access journal articles is therefore free of charge.

  1. New additions are: Emerald, Annual Reviews, Benjamins, MSP and PLOS.
  2. At MDPI, you now get a 10% discount on your publication.
  3. The DEAL contracts have been renewed until 31.12.2023.


Complete list of publishers and publishing platforms with whom we have agreements >>

July 2022: News about Project PlagStop.NRW

Results of the 1st workshop

In June, the 1st workshop on "Experiences and needs in dealing with plagiarism detection software" took place. We have published the results of this workshop on our project page (in German).

July 2022: SIS Philosophy cooperates with publisher Karl Albers

The Specialised Information Service Philosophy (SIS Philosophy) will include selected titles from the publishing house Karl Alber in its research platform for philosophical literature The publications are from the three series Praktische Philosophie, Phänomenologie and Alber Philosophie. In accordance with the acquisition model of the SIS Philosophy, frontlist titles are licensed and backlist titles are retro-digitised. For the first time, backlist titles will be completely transformed into Open Access.

May 2022: DFG grant for Open Access publication fees

For the period 2022-2024, the DFG has approved the UCL's "Open Access Publication Costs" application. As a scientist the University of Cologne/Uniklinik, you can have your primary Open Access publication of journal articles (Gold Open Access) subsidised with 700 €.

May 2022: New Open Access journal "mathematica didactica" online!

"mathematica didactica" is a scientific and peer-reviewed open access journal for mathematics didactics. It contains original contributions on the teaching and learning of mathematics. Empirical studies as well as theoretical conceptualisations are published. Contributions from the whole range of academic research in this field are welcome.

March 2022: Open Science and Open Access on the rise

In his recently published working paper, Ralf Depping, Head of the Division "Research and Publication Support", gives an overview of the Open Science idea. This idea, with its many facets, has entered the general consciousness in the Covid 19 pandemic.

Our contracts with scientific publishers

The University of Cologne has concluded Open Access transformation agreements with a number of publishers and publication platforms on behalf of its scientists. In addition to (almost) complete online access to the respective journal portfolios, the financing of publications in Open Access has been agreed upon. List of publishers and publication platforms >>

Elsevier: The UoC joins the consortium boycott.

The Rectorate of the University of Cologne has joined the consortium boycott of the scientific publisher Elsevier, organised by the Projekt DEAL. The five-year contract between the University and City Library of Cologne and Elsevier, which expires on 31 December 2019, will not be extended. This means that the majority of the scientific journals published by Elsevier from the year 2020 onwards (including Cell Press titles) will no longer be available at the University of Cologne. The titles released in the last five years in addition to the contract package are also no longer accessible.
The archive of Elsevier journals subscribed to until 2019 will continue to be available.

Offer for researchers

Funds from the USB budget are made available to the university's researchers for pay-per-view orders of individual Elsevier articles. If you have any questions, please contact Ms Karin Lamers, UCL Cologne, Media Procurement and Processing: Journals and Databases, at

Background of the boycott

Negotiations of the Projekt DEAL with the Dutch scientific publisher Elsevier have been underway since 2016. To support the negotiating position, more than 200 institutions have now cancelled their Elsevier subscriptions and numerous researchers have resigned from their editorial positions at Elsevier journals. Because the existing contract period of the University of Cologne was particularly long at five years, the UoC is now one of the last universities to join the boycott in practice after the contract expires. Ongoing information on the status of the talks between the DEAL consortium project and Elsevier can be found on the website

Current status of DEAL negotiations with the three major scientific publishers >>