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Publication of final reports

In order to raise the visibility of project results and enable use or re-use of DFG project reports, the DFG encourages funding recipients to publish the public part of their final report in open access. The DFG recommends the use of openaccess repositories as a long-term, quality-assured publication option that is free of charge..

Open-access repositories

A general distinction is drawn between:

  1. Institutional repositories, where members of a scientific institution can place their primary and secondary publications in open access. These publication platforms are usually maintained and quality-assured by the library or another information facility which belongs to the institution in question.
  2. Specialised repositories that address specific scientific communities and are often overseen by an editorial team that is specialised in the subject. These may be run by central specialised libraries, specialised information services or scientific societies, for example.
  3. Preprint servers on which publications are mainly made available for the purpose of scientific dialogue, either prior to peer review or without peer review. These usually have a subject focus, too, and tend to be operated by information facilities, though they may also be provided by publishers.

For an overview of various quality-assured publication infrastructures in Germany, see DINI e.V. (German Initiative for Network Information): List of publication services – Deutsche Initiative für Netzwerkinformation e.V. (dini.de). DINI e.V. has developed a certificate that sets quality standards for open-access publication services. Many repositories follow the quality criteria of the DINI certificate even if they are not currently certified.

DFG whitelist for subject-specific repositories

Based on the quality characteristics defined by DINI e.V., the DFG has compiled a list of subject-specific publication platforms that are particularly recommended for open-access publication of project reports. This provides broad subject coverage based on the DFG subject classification system.

Publication platforms for ...

Humanities and Social Sciences

101 Ancient Cultures
Externer LinkPropylaeumDok

102 History
Externer LinkAMAD (for Medieval History)
Externer LinkOstDok (for History of Eastern, Eastern Central and South Eastern

103 Art History, Music, Theatre and Media Studies
- Externer LinkART-Dok (for Art History)
- Externer Linkmedia/rep/ (for Media Studies)
- Externer Linkmusiconn.publish (for Music Studies)
- Externer LinkAMAD (for Medieval Art History and Music Studies)

104 Linguistics
- Externer LinkLinguistik-Repository
- Externer LinkAMAD (for Linguistics in Medieval Studies)
- Externer LinkGiNDok (for Linguistics in German Studies)
- Externer LinkThe Stacks (for Linguistics in American and English Studies)

105 Literary Studies
- Externer LinkCompaRe (Comparative Literature)
- Externer LinkAMAD (for Medieval Literature)
- Externer LinkGiNDok (German Studies)
- Externer LinkThe Stacks (American and English Studies)

106  Social and Cultural Anthropology, Non-European Cultures, Jewish Studies and Religious Studies
- Externer LinkCrossAsia (Asian Studies)
Externer LinkJudaicaDoc (Jewish Studies, Israel Studies)
- Externer LinkMENAdoc (Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies)
- Religious Studies Repository (via Externer LinkFID Religionswissenschaft)

107 Theology
IxTheo (via Externer LinkFID Theologie)

108 Philosophy
- Externer LinkPhilPapers

109 Educational Research
- Externer LinkPeDOCS (for working papers)

110 Psychology
- Externer LinkPsychArchives

111 Social Sciences
- Externer LinkSocial Science Open Access Repository SSOAR
- Externer LinkGenderOpen (Gender Studies, for working papers)
- Kriminologisches Repository (via Externer LinkFID Kriminologie)

112 Economics
- Externer LinkEconStor

113  Jurisprudence
- Externer Link<int>2Dok
- Kriminologisches Repository (via Externer LinkFID Kriminologie)

Life Sciences

201 Basic Research in Biology and Medicine
202 Plant Sciences
203 Zoology
204 Microbiology, Virology and Immunology
205 Medicine
206 Neurosciences
207 Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine
Externer LinkSubject repository Lebenswissenschaften

Natural Sciences

307 Condensed Matter Physics
308 Optics, Quantum Optics and Physics of Atoms, Molecules and Plasmas
309 Particles, Nuclei and Fields
310 Statistical Physics, Soft Matter, Biological Physics, Nonlinear Dynamics
311 Astrophysics and Astronomy
312 Mathematics
Externer LinkReNaTe

313 Atmospheric Science, Oceanography and Climate Research
314 Geology and Palaeontology
315 Geophysics and Geodesy
316 Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry
Externer LinkGeoLeo e-docs

317 Geography
Externer LinkGeoLeo e-docs
Externer LinkFID-move (Mobilitätsforschung)

318 Water Research
Externer LinkGeoLeo e-docs

321 Molecular Chemistry
322 Chemical Solid State and Surface Research
323 Physical Chemistry
324 Analytical Chemistry
325 Biological Chemistry and Food Chemistry
326 Polymer Research
327  Theoretical Chemistry
Externer LinkChemRxiv

Engineering Sciences

401 Production Technology
402 Mechanics and Constructive Mechanical Engineering
403 Process Engineering, Technical Chemistry
404 Fluid Mechanics, Technical Thermodynamics and Thermal Energy
405 Materials Engineering
406 Materials Science
407 Systems Engineering
408 Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
409 Computer Science
410 Construction Engineering and Architecture
Externer LinkReNaTe

It is also possible to use institutional repositories or the multidisciplinary repository Zenodo, which is funded by the European Commission:

Notes on the publication of final reports

The publication platforms listed are tailored to various subject-specific needs. What is more, the technical and organisational basis of the repositories may vary. For this reason, it is not possible to provide a universally valid publication guide here; this would also duplicate existing information pages. From the DFG’s point of view, the following information on the publication process is relevant to all authors of final reports:

  1. Report authors choose a suitable publication platform from a subject-specific or institutional point of view.
  2. They contact the platform operators and submit the part of the final report intended for publication on the platform in question. Depending on the platform, this can be done by e-mail or by means of a web-based submission process.
  3. The reports are to be provided with metadata, either by the report authors themselves or by the operators of the publication platform. In addition to any information on authors, project, reporting period, etc., keywords should usually be assigned to make the report easier to find. Where possible, the project number should be included as a separate metadatum so as to allow for improved assignment of the project and publication.
  4. In order to ensure legally secure publication, a publication agreement is often concluded between the platform operators and those publishing the report. This agreement also sets down the legal conditions of publication. The DFG recommends that authors grant a simple right to use their publication and use open licences (e.g. CC-BY) wherever possible.
  5. When a report is published on an OA platform, the operators assign it a permanent identifier (PID) which makes it uniquely citable and accessible at any time. By feeding the PID into the DFG database GEPRIS, it is possible to link the project dataset to the place of publication of the project report. Funding recipients are therefore requested to submit the PID of their published report via an interface that will be available on the DFG’s elan portal as of summer 2023.
  6. The metadata of the published report are provided by the platform operators on library research portals and (subject-specific) search engines or subject databases.

Further Information


If you have any questions about the final report, please contact the department responsible for your project.