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

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: PlagStop.NRW project

The PlagStop.NRW project aims to develop digital services for the identification and prevention of plagiarism for teachers and students. Seven universities have joined forces under the umbrella of the Digital University NRW for this purpose. The Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences is responsible for project management and coordination.

In addition to the implementation and evaluation of plagiarism detection software at the participating universities, the project consists of the following three work packages:

  1. Guidelines for the operation of plagiarism detection software in higher education institutions
  2. Preparation of materials for plagiarism prevention
  3. Legal opinion to examine the possibility of a cross-university database

As part of the project, the plagiarism detection software OURIGINAL is to be introduced at the University of Cologne, tested by staff and evaluated by those responsible for the project.

Further Information and links

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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.

Project DataStew

Data Stewardship in German academic research institutions - Analysis of the status quo and recommendations on training requirements and job profiles

Research data management (RDM) in institutions, research networks and projects is giving rise to new roles and task profiles that have been realised in very different ways up to now. In the context of the development of the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI), the heterogeneity of the RDM environment is particularly evident in terms of task and role profiles as well as institutional embedding. The establishment of data stewards is a new approach in the German-speaking world to respond to the diverse challenges and thus to show perspectives for training opportunities and job profiles in RDM. However, the responsibilities and roles in the national context still need to be worked out.

The collaborative project of the University and City Library of Cologne and ZB MED is therefore investigating the current academic research environment with its various stakeholders on the concept of data steward.

Further information on the DataStew project >>

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 >>