Terms and conditions

1. Purpose

OPUS provides all faculty and students of the Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm a place to make their academic texts globally available online. It provides long-term archiving of texts and ensures that they are locatable and fully citable. Books are catalogued by the university library, the Bavarian Library Network, the German University Library and the WorldCat and appear in web search engines.

2. Rights of use

Authors grant the university library of the Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm the following rights of use:

  • the right to electronically store publications and abstracts and make them available in data networks and when needed on other storage media;
  • the right to transmit the publication and the accompanying metadata to the German National Library, the Bavarian State Library and other regional or subject-related publication servers;
  • the right to change and/or supplement metadata provided by the author or editor

Publication on OPUS fully preserves the author’s or authors’ copyright because it only grants simple rights of use to the university library, which accordingly may not publish texts in other journals, monographs, or servers. When signing publication agreements, authors are encouraged to obtain additional rights of use and select one of the Creative Commons licences.

Authors and editors of electronic documents are responsible for observing third-party copyright laws. The Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm is not liable for damages that result from infringing on those laws unless it can be demonstrated that it acted wilfully or was grossly negligent. If authors or editors are informed of existing legal obstacles, they are to notify the university library immediately.

Most publishers now permit texts to be stored on institutional repositories or on the author’s homepage, though it is usually comes with certain conditions such as an embargo period before the first publication and open access availability online. The SHERPA/RoMEO list contains information about exactly what publishers permit. If you have questions, contact your publisher.

Authors and editors are solely responsible for contents of their texts. The university library of the Technische Hochschule Nürnberg is not legally responsible for the contents of OPUS publications and their external links. Authors and editors promise that uploaded documents do not infringe on legal provisions, official regulations, or other third-party rights.

the person who publishes a document on OPUS guarantees, that all co-authors agree

Authors shall receive no remuneration for their texts and the university is not permitted to utilize OPUS publications commercially. The university plans to store OPUS publications indefinitely. Documents that have already been published will not be deleted from the university server. The university library is authorized to keep publications offline or delete them from OPUS, if they infringe on third-party rights or on other legal provisions and official regulations.

3. Requirements for electronic documents

For the purposes of this terms of service an “electronic document” is a document containing text, images or audio/video files stored in digital form and circulated over research networks. An electronic document on OHMdok must satisfy the following requirements:

  • it is intended for publication.
  • it is in a finished form (if changes are necessary, a new Version must be saved) and it meets the technical Parameters defined by the University library

4. Document types and authorised users

Electronic documents produced by university faculty and students for the purposes of teaching, research, scholarship, or professional development can be stored on the OHMdok publication server. Documents must fit into one of the following categories:

  • monographs (complete or as part of a series), entire journal series, journal articles, conference reports, conference papers, reports, preprints reviews, course materials, lecture texts, images, films, audio files , publication series of the Technische Hochschule Nürnberg, student theses completing a Diplom, bachelor’s or master’s degree. The full texts of student theses will be published only with the written approval of the supervising professor. Abstracts and metadata can be uploaded with or without professor approval. Please go to the section OHMdok – Student Theses. Full texts of student papers will only be accepted on the recommendation of the supervising professor. .

5. Long-term availability and security

OPUS publications will be stored as secure PDF files. Documents that do not primarily consist of text can be stored in image, audio, and video formats. To ensure that documents are locatable and fully citable from anywhere in the world over the long-term, each receives a URL and a persistent identifier (Uniform Resource Name) using the urn:nbn format of the German National Library. Though long-term open access is the aim, OPUS can in justified cases restrict document circulation (e.g., to the IP address range of the Technische Hochschule Nürnberg).

6. Query data

The contents of OPUS documents are meant to be searchable anywhere. To achieve this, every publication’s bibliographical and technical data are recorded in Dublin Core format along with an abstract, a classification, and/or a series of keywords. This information must be provided by the author. If needed, university staff will correct or supplement the data to ensure uniform quality standards.

7. General information

The server is managed by the university library and technically overseen by the Cooperative Library Network Berlin-Brandenburg (KOBV).

OHMdok publication is free of charge for faculty and students of the Technische Hochschule Nürnberg.

An online submission form is available for depositing electronic documents on the publication server.

Contact the university library about any questions relating to the publication server.

For questions about electronic publication and the university bibliography, contact:

Susanne Scheibelberger
Tel. 0911/5880-4481

Anja Margraf (alternative contact)
Tel. 0911/5880-4463

Supervising professors are responsible for questions relating to the full-text publication of student theses and papers.

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