Publication Policies


The Fraunhofer-ePrints full-text server archives specialist publications of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, its institutes, and its employees.

The following types of documents are held:

  • Journal articles
  • Articles in compendiums and conference proceedings
  • Monographs
  • Theses (professorial and doctoral dissertations)
  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Research reports
  • Patents and registered designs
  • Grey literature

The primary aim of the Fraunhofer-ePrints is on the one hand to archive as many electronic full-texts as possible that have already been published elsewhere; on the other, to enable public access to scientific grey literature of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft such as institute reports, theses (only with permission from the institutes concerned), presentation manuscripts and posters.

Subject headings and abstracts will be provided by the institute library respectively by the author himself.
Any document will also be assigned to a DDC-group.

The FhG-Online team at the Fraunhofer Information Centre for Regional Planning and Building Construction (IRB), in cooperation with the research institutes and their libraries, is responsible for the maintenance and support of the Fraunhofer-Publica.

The ePrints-server, whose content coverage is a subset of that of Fraunhofer-Publica, provides electronic access to full-text documents that are published by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Electronic documents (e.g. journal articles, reports, theses, posters, etc.) submitted for publication in the Fraunhofer-Publica and ePrints-server shall be made available for public access (indirect access through the two above-mentioned databases). Additionally, these documents shall be archived (in a separate document server) in their original format as provided by the authors. For authentication purposes, all publicly accessible documents in our databases are assigned permanent addresses and "fingerprints" (MD5). With the exception of dissertations and some publications from commercial publishers, each electronic document shall be assigned a "persistent identifier" (URN, Uniform Resource Name) which is registered with the Deutsche Bibliothek. Any document that has been changed (text, layout, etc.) is regarded as a new document, and shall be saved separately as a new record in the databases.

The metadata of the Fraunhofer-Publica and ePrints-server is made available to interested information providers (e.g. repositories, portals) through OAI-PMH, a standard protocol for metadata harvesting.

Authors contributing documents to Fraunhofer-Publica and Fraunhofer-ePrints retain the copyright to their documents, and are entitled to submit their documents to other publishers (e.g. monographs, journals) or document servers for publication. On the other hand, it is the responsibility of the authors, to ensure that the disclosure of their documents will not infringe the copyrights of any third party.

Our basic duties are to:
  • archive and make available all electronic documents for at least 5 years
  • assign unique identifiers to each document (e.g. ID, URL, URN)
  • ensure a unique connection between every metadata set and its corresponding electronic full-text document
  • guarantee the authenticity of electronic documents (by means of MD5-codes)
  • make available metadata in professional circles through standard protocols (Z39.50, Dublin Core, harvesting using OAI PMH 2.0)


The technical procedures regarding data retention, data supply, and data protection are described in the section "Technical Documentation".