Frequently Asked Questions


What is Open Access?

The goal of Open Access is to provide unrestricted public access to all research material without any technical or legal restrictions. One major aspect is to maximise the distribution of scientific information.

The green road to Open Access describes the self-archiving of pre- and postprints of scientific papers in institutional and specialised repositories. A majority of science journals endorse self-archiving.

The golden road to Open Access describes the publication of research results, e.g. institutional literature, in Open Access journals or repositories.

Who may publish via FID GEO?
A major service of FID GEO is to provide a technical infrastructure for the persistent electronic publication of geoscience research material. We advise and help:

  • geoscience research institutions to publish their institutional literature and other research material.
  • individual geoscientists to publish their work.
What are the advantages to publish via FID GEO?

We are experts in electronic publishing of geoscience research material:

  • We archive your publication in the repository of FID GEO to ensure persistent availability.
  • We assign a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to your publication to ensure permanent identification and persistent citability.
  • We offer a “Peer-Review Workflow” during publication process to ensure scientific quality.
  • We ensure that your publication will be highly visible in national and international library catalogues and geoscience-related search engines.
What documents are published via FID GEO?
  • institutional literature
  • academic reports
  • research lecture notes
  • working papers
  • conference proceedings
  • scientific travel information and guides
  • pre- and postprints of research articles
Where are the documents archived?

The documents are archived in the FID GEO repository that is maintained by the Göttingen State and University Library (SUB Göttingen). The FID GEO repository is part of the “Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung Göttingen (GWDG)” archiving system. Your documents are published Open Access and will be permanently available and persistently citable.

Recommendations and Standards of national and international initiatives, e.g. “Deutschen Initiative für Netzwerkinformation (DINI)” and “Open Archives Initiative”, are incorporated into the development of the FID GEO repository. The technical infrastructure of the GEO-LEO e-docs repository is used for this development.

Is this service for free?
This service is free of charge for the geoscience research community in Germany and supported by the “Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)”.
Can geoscience research institutions publish their institutional publication series and journals using FID GEO?
It may be difficult especially for small geoscience research institutions to publish their institutional publication series and journals electronically using own resources. We support and/or realise e-publication of your material and ensure permanent availability, persistent citability and high visibility of your work within the geoscience research community.
Why should I deposit my peer-reviewed and already published scientific papers in the FID GEO repository?

A re-publication of your paper in Open Access greatly enhances the dissemination of your research results. Additionally, as a result of Open Access, publications usually are more often cited compared to papers only available in closed access journals. Many scientific journals allow publication of a final draft version of your scientific paper in an Open Access repository. If you wish, we will check if your paper can be self-archived in Open Access repositories

In case there is no repository available at your home institution, you may deposit your research article in the FID GEO repository. We ensure that your publication will be highly visible in national and international library catalogues and geoscience related search engines.

How can I publish my research results via FID GEO?

Please use the technical infrastructure of the FID GEO repository to (re-)publish your research results. After you have registered you can upload your document following the publishing workflow. You will select a license agreement to define the rights of use for anybody wishing to reuse your results. Finally, your document will be published. If you have any questions, please contact us (email; +49 (0)551 39-9738, Inke Achterberg; or -5244, Norbert Pfurr; or -5278, Mechthild Schüler).

Am I allowed to publish my documents somewhere else after publishing my documents via FID GEO?

If you publish your documents via FID GEO, you grant the FID GEO repository the non-exclusive right to make the content of your documents accessible to the public. “Non-exclusive” implies that you keep your right to publish your documents somewhere else (e.g. homepage, publishers etc.).

What file format does the FID GEO repository request from you?

The FID GEO repository uses the common PDF-format. If you are using other character-based formats (e.g. word, excel, rtf, postscript etc.), please contact us. Your electronic publications will finally be published in PDF.

Can I or other researchers order a printed and bound version of my electronic document?

If you, the author, have given us explicit permission, we will provide the possibility to order a printed version of your electronic document via epubli. This will incur costs that must be payed by the person ordering the printed version.

What is a Digital Object Identifier (DOI)?

A DOI is an online reference assigned to a digital resource (e.g. an article in a journal or research data) to give it a unique and permanent reference on the Internet. The DOIs are permanently connected to the digital resource – regardless of changes on websites or servers being switched off (in this case a DOI is simply rerouted to a new URL). The use of DOIs, for example, prevents the occurrence of dead links when publishers change the web address of a server. Among all the different ways to reference digital objects on the Internet permanently, DOIs have become the leading system when publishing text and data.

Why should a DOI be assigned to my publication?

Among all the different ways to reference digital objects on the Internet permanently, DOIs have become the leading system when publishing text and data. With a DOI, your published documents will be uniquely identified and referenced in order to gain high impact in the research community.

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