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EconStor Policy

EconStor provides a basis for free publication of academic literature from all fields of economics and related disciplines. The publication as well as the use of documents on EconStor is free of charge. With EconStor, the ZBW as a Leibniz institution actively supports the implementation of Open Access Principles according to the " Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities " signed by the Leibniz Association.

The following types of documents can be published on EconStor:

  • Articles from journals and edited volumes (as postprints)
  • Working and discussion papers
  • Conference proceedings
  • Dissertations and habilitations
  • Research reports and expert opinions
  • Books and festschriften

Articles from journals and compilations can be published on EconStor in the original version of their first publication as well as in the version of so-called “postprints” (identical author’s versions of articles from publishers’ journals). At " Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving (SHERPA/RoMEO database) " authors can find out whether a publisher permits parallel, free publication of articles on a subject repository such as EconStor as well as which version may be used for such publication, i.e. the original publisher’s version or the postprint.

Submitting authors must be members/employees of an academic institution (inside or outside a university). Furnishing an e-mail address for registration that can be attributed to such an institution is considered sufficient proof. We can only accept submissions by graduate researchers in economics, business administration and related disciplines. Undergraduate papers are not accepted. Documents must be submitted as "Portable Document Format" (PDF) only.

When self-archiving their publications, authors transfer rights by agreeing to the " EconStor Deposit Licence " during the upload process. Authors’ copyrights remain intact. Publication on EconStor does not inhibit further publication of documents in journals or on other document servers. Authors and/or publishers of electronic documents are responsible for safeguarding that publication on EconStor does not violate third party rights (copyrights or exploitation rights).

DPublishers of series, journals or conference proceedings can conclude publication agreements with the ZBW, so that these titles are fully documented on EconStor. The ZBW provides a full service for this, taking care of uploading PDF files as well as preparing all corresponding title data, including abstracts, keywords and classifications (JEL codes).

EconStor guarantees long-term free availability (minimum availability for all documents is 5 years) and stable linking of economic research results. In order to ensure permanent addressing, all documents are tagged with a "HDL identifier" according to the Handle system as a "persistent identifier" and are authenticated technically through "MD-5 fingerprints". Goportis is running a cooperative digital preservation system. Automated workflows for the ingest of EconStor content into the system have been developed. The digital preservation of EconStor content and necessary adaptions of digital objects within the system are made on the basis of the Goportis Long-Term Digital Archives Preservation Policy.

All metadata will be made available to other service providers through a standardised interface consistent with the "Protocol for metadata harvesting (OAI-PMH 2.0)" of the "Open Archive Initiative". (OAI base URL of EconStor: The metadata of EconStor are available under Creative Commons License CC0 1.0 and can be freely used by third parties without restriction and without citing the source.

Publications from economics institutions of the Leibniz Association will be automatically integrated into the "Leibniz Open Access Repository". The ZBW offers to all German institutions which agree to have their complete working or discussion paper series, conference proceedings or e-journal contributions published on EconStor the option to have the corresponding title data entered into the freely accessible database " RePEc – Research Papers in Economics .

Altered texts – such as revised versions of already published working papers – are regarded as new documents and will be indexed, stored and made available as such. Deleting published documents for serious reason at the author’s or another authorised person’s request is possible, but will be executed solely by the EconStor team. In order to maintain stable linking, only the PDF full-text will be deleted; the corresponding EconStor set of metadata will be preserved. Requests for deletion must be addressed to .

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