Publishing preprints and postprints of essays and cumulative dissertations

Publishing preprints and postprints of essays

Besides being desirable, publishing preprints and/or postprints of your essays is for the most part legally possible (cf. Open Access Statement of the University).
Often publishers of open access publications allow for preprints and postprints of essays on a university server after a certain period of time has elapsed. You do not have to wait to register the title before this period of time is over! Instead, you are welcome to upload your document yourself and we shall publish it automatically when it is legally possible! This is what the DATE field for the online publication in the respective publication form is for. Please enter the earliest date on which your text can be published on the Bamberg University server. If your text has not been published anywhere else, please use today's date.

Normally, you will find details about these blocking periods in the Publication Agreement which you signed prior to the publication. If you do not have it on hand, you may refer to the SHERPA/RoMEO list to see what the general blocking periods for published essays are for a given agreement. If you have questions, you can also contact the University Library team.

Cumulative Dissertations

Cumulative dissertations are published electronically in OPUS. In addition, according to the Doctoral Regulations, six printed copies of the introductory paper must be submitted. Individual chapters of the introductory paper contain bibliographical references which refer to published magazine articles that are part of in the dissertation.

In the case of cumulative dissertations in particular, the post-print publication of essays to which they refer, is desirable. We therefore ask that you check if it is possible to publish post-prints in OPUS. You can find a list of magazine publishers who allow for this at This way a link to the full text can be inserted to the introductory paper, as required in the Doctoral Regulations. If it is one of our e-journal subscriptions, you will also want to check whether or not to link the bibliographic references to the full text via DOIs or URNs.