Green Open Access publications

FAQ Green open access publications

A green open access publication is a parallel publication of your already published work. It will be published electronically in TUprints. A secondary publication in the TU Darmstadt institutional repository increases the distribution of your research. According to German copyright law, UrhG §38,4 the following requirements have to be met for a secondary publication:

  • The primary publication dates back at least 1 year.
  • The publication was created as part of a research which was 50% or more funded by public funds.
  • The publication was published in a periodical which is released at least twice a year.
  • The secondary publication is non-commercial.

Valuable guidelines on green open access publication can be found in the FAQs of the priority initiative “Digital Information” of the German Alliance of Scientific Organizations.

All academic documents, which are not merely current to the day.

The majority of publishing companies allow secondary publications with certain limitations. These can be easily found in the Sherpa/Romeo list. This list, however, is not legally binding. If there are any doubts please examine your publishing contract.

Documents that are offered in electronic form and through data-nets are fully regulated by the German Copyright Act (Urheberrechtsgesetz = UrhG).

A license is the juridical framework for publishing. It can mainly be understood as the terms of use which you, as an author, grant to third parties. TUprints is using a license which ensures free accessibility online: anyone should be allowed to read a publication without constraints and to make a copy for private use where appropriate. One should also be able to distribute the work as long as he or she does not change it and correctly cites the author.


  • it enables a maximum of distribution while respecting the author's rights
  • it is internationally known, yet adjusted to German language and legal space
  • it exists in 3 versions: juridical text, accessible text for non-lawyers, machine version (for computer to computer communications)

Find more information at Creative Commons.

The TU Darmstadt Office of Communication provides templates if needed.

It is possible that extensive attachments may be uploaded in a separate file. We will be glad to assist you!

TUprints is basically not designed to allow changing or deleting documents. This guarantees the authenticity of the document's which in this way can be compared to printed publications. In case the author wishes to edit the document he or she has to submit the edited document as a new version. This corresponds to the process of a new edition in printed publications.

No. As we are not a commercial publisher, your work will not be assigned an ISBN (International Standard Book Number). All online publications receive a persistent URN from us.