The aim of the project is to create an Open Access repository for selected publications by the more than 300 German scientists who have been awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize by the German Research Foundation (DFG) since 1986. In the summer of 2007, the president of the DFG, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Kleiner, had asked the scientists who had been awarded the prize until 2005 to name up to ten publications of their own which they would want to see available in Open Access, through a common platform of the prize winners. Based on the lists of titles that were handed in as a response, the project is the nucleus for realising the line of action 10 “Open Access/Cream of Science for Germany” of the DFG position paper “Funding Priorities Through 2015” in the field of “Scientific Library Services and Information Systems” from 2006.

Since 2009, the Bavarian State Library (in a project funded by the DFG) has been working towards agreements with the rights owners in terms of licensing those publications named in the first survey for the sake of their free accessibility on the Leibniz Publik portal in the published version. The licensing negotiations were carried out in the Department of Acquisition, Collection Development and Cataloguing 2: Periodicals; Licensing; Electronic Publishing.

Several publishers have since then been participating in the project and have granted the project non-exclusive rights of use, which allows the Bavarian State Library to enable the access and download of these works protected by copyright for private and scientific use. In the case of certain providers, the documents are not stored on the Leibniz Publik server, but the publisher has provided the platform with specific links which allow free access to the document in question on their server. Furthermore, a repository with an advanced search engine for the titles to be included has been created.

A special thanks to the speakers who gave us permission to publish their presentations held at the Symposia.


Conference „Open Access, E-Humanities & E-Science“ on 23rd and 24th of October 2013 in Munich:

Marin Dacos (Centre pour l'édition électronique ouverte) OpenEdition. A European portal for open acces in Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Johannes Fournier (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) Open Access zwischen nationaler Urheberrechtsreform und internationaler Förderpolitik

Prof. Dr. Gerd Graßhoff (Humboldt-Universität Berlin) Von Open-Access-Publikationen zum Forschungsportal. Neue Wege eines geisteswissenschaftlichen Forschungsclusters

Eric Hellman (Gluejar, Inc.) Crowdfunding for Open Access

Prof. Dr. Claudine Moulin (Universität Trier; Trier Center for Digital Humanities) Digital Humanities. Changing academic publication and recognition cultures

Prof. Dr. Malte Rehbein (Universität Passau) Open-Science-Editionen [unter CC-BY-NC: Vortragstext und Folien]

Dr. Ralf Schimmer (Max Planck Digital Library) Knowledge Unlatched: A Model for Cooperative Financing of Scholarly Books in Open Access

Frank Scholze (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie) Quo Vadis University Presses?

Prof. Dr. Charlotte Schubert (Universität Leipzig) Digital Humanities zwischen Informatik und Geisteswissenschaften [gekürzte Fassung des Vortrags]


Launch of the Leibniz-Publik-Portal in Munich on the 8th and 9th of September 2011.

Prof. Dr. Manfred Broy (Technische Universität München) Leibnizpreisträger-Statement Eine Informatikperspektive!

Dr. Johannes Fournier (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) Freier Zugang, freies Wissen: Open-Access-Förderstrategien der DFG

David Hoole (Nature Publishing Group) Open Access and subscription publishing at NPG: A ten-year perspective on a fundamental shift in Scholarly publication

Dr. Neil Jacobs (Joint Information Systems Committee) Open Scholarship: The Web as the Platform for Scientific Communication

Prof. Dr. Rainer Kuhlen (Universität Konstanz) Die Verantwortung der Wissenschaft für einen offenen Zugang zum Wissen

Dr. Stephen Pinfield (University of Nottingham) The Merit of Cream of Science: A Perspective from the UK on Scholarly Communication

Dr. Bernd Pulverer (European Molecular Biology Organization) Access at highly selective scientific Journals

Dr. Hildegard Schäffler; Isolde von Foerster (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek) Leibniz Publik – das Exzellenzportal der Leibnizpreisträger der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft

Prof. Dr. Bernard F. Schutz (Albert Einstein Institut) Enabling Open Access: Why and How the Research Community Can Seize the Initiative


Information of the German Research Foundation on the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Prize


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