Frequently Asked Questions


What is Fraunhofer-ePrints?

Fraunhofer-ePrints is a full-text archive comprising all electronic publications (ePrints) of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and its employee.


Why should I publish my works with Fraunhofer-ePrints?

There are good reasons why you should publish your works with Fraunhofer-ePrints:

  • As more and more libraries are being forced to cancel journal subscriptions to stay within budgets, it is important that you also disseminate your works via alternative channels. This makes them easier to access and more visible.
  • The technology of the Internet enables worldwide access to your texts. Free usage promotes exchange of knowledge with research colleagues around the world.
  • Your scholarly works in our ePrints-server are archived on a long term basis, and are assigned "persistent identifiers" (URN, Uniform Resource Name) to make them searchable and accessible on the Internet. Furthermore, the ePrints-server is regularly queried (harvested) by other content providers. Hence, Fraunhofer-ePrints improves the visibility of your works and enhances your personal impact on scholarly research.


How does ePrints differ from Fraunhofer-Publica?

Fraunhofer-ePrints represents a subset of the content covered in Fraunhofer-Publica. While Publica archives all publications (regardless of their physical forms) of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, ePrints collects only electronic documents that the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are allowed to publish as full-texts, i.e. without infringing the copyrights of any third party.


Do I need to repeat my document registration with Fraunhofer-Publica?

No. The full-text documents and their associated bibliographic data (metadata) that you submit to Fraunhofer-ePrints will be automatically duplicated in Fraunhofer-Publica.


Who can register his/her document(s) with Fraunhofer-ePrints?

Normally, the information manager (Fachinformationsmanager) of your institute is responsible for registering your publication with Fraunhofer-ePrints. You may, however, make use of the prescribed online form to register and upload your full-text documents directly. A brief quality check is made on all submitted documents before they are made available on the World Wide Web. Any employee of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft may register his/her documents with Fraunhofer-ePrints, as long as the documents are in an electronic format. On the other hand, it is the responsibility of the authors to ensure that the publication of their documents will not infringe the copyright of any third party (cf. "Copyright").


What types of documents will be accepted?

All documents related to the scientific research of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft can be accepted for publication in Fraunhofer-ePrints, for example, industrial studies, research reports, journal articles, conference papers, presentations, posters and dissertations. On the other hand, information material such as flyers, announcements, minutes, etc. will not be accepted. Student research projects may only be submitted with the consent of the institute concerned.


How long will the documents be made available?

The documents in Fraunhofer-ePrints are archived on a long-term basis. In principle, these documents will be made available for as long as possible, and a minimum period of 5 years is guaranteed.


What important points do I need to consider before I submit my document(s) to Fraunhofer-ePrints?

Fraunhofer-ePrints offers free public access to the electronic publications of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and its employees. It is therefore important for you to ensure that the publication of your documents will not infringe the copyright of any third party before you register your documents with us (for further information see "Copyright").


Do my files (documents) need to be in a certain format?

The documents should be in a uniform and platform-independent format. This format is currently PDF (Adobe Portable Document Format) as it provides the most benefits. Should you be unable to present your documents in the PDF-format, we will be glad to do the PDF-conversion for you. Please ensure that you do not lock the PDF, as otherwise a full-text indexing is not possible (for further information see "Dokument Types & Formats").


Can I submit documents that have already been published elsewhere?

It depends on the copyright restrictions stipulated in the contracts that you have signed with your publishers. However, many publishers do allow parallel publication in non-profit or institutional repositories (for further information see "Informationen zum Urheberrecht").


What are preprints and postprints?

Publishers often distinguish between preprints and postprints in their policies on self-archiving articles. A preprint is a manuscript that has been submitted to the publishers and is still in the review phase or is currently being printed. A postprint, on the other hand, is the printed copy in the publisher’s layout. Publishers usually only allow the posting of preprints on institutional repositories, in order to protect their own layout.


The downloading of large PDF documents from Fraunhofer-ePrints takes a long time or it causes

my browser to crash. I am using Firefox as browser. Why?

This is a bug in Firefox. Normally, you only need to wait slightly longer than usual for the document to open. This problem can be solved by changing the settings in Firefox to launch PDF files using the Acrobat Reader, and not the Firefox’s Acrobat plug-in:
Tools > Options > Content >File types > Manage > Change Action
(deselect the Acrobat plug-in, and select Acrobat Reader as the standard application to open PDF files)