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General

When preparing your dissertation or other scientific publication, please adhere to DFG guidelines on "Good scientific practice", as well as to the joint position paper of the General Association of Faculties (Allgemeine Fakultätentag), the Faculty Associations and Association of German Universities with respect to adherence to "Good scientific practices in authoring scientific papers".
DFG "Good scientific practice" (German) (03.07.2013)
FAAGU Good scientific practices in authoring scientific papers" (09.07.2012)

Copyright agreements

When publishing via the Digital Repository or the TU Berlin University Press - by signing the consent form - you make the following binding commitment to the university: "The author herewith confirms that he/she possesses the copyright rights to all parts of the scientific work, and that the publication will not violate the rights of third parties, in particular any copyright and personal rights of third parties."

Quotations

A quotation is defined as the taking over of any intellectual property in unchanged form and with full acknowledgement within the meaning of § 51 Copyright Law.

Any exploitation of third-party content (text, graphic, photograph etc.) in the form of a quotation is allowed according to § 51 of the Copyright Law, as long as it corresponds to the so-called purpose of the quotation, i.e. intellectual discourse vis-a-vis the content. Quotations are always meant to serve as the basis for the author's own discussion or to substantiate his/her own statements.

Any exploitation of third-party content for the purposes of illustration, information or to avoid making personal statements is not covered by citation guidelines. 

Secondary publishing

  • When publishing a dissertation via the Digital Repository or when publishing a work via the University Press, in your role as the copyright owner you grant non-exclusive exploitation rights to TU Berlin in accordance with § 31 of the Copyright Law. In doing so, you retain the right to publish the work or parts thereof elsewhere.
  • As far as possible, you should also maintain secondary utilization rights when publishing a work via another publisher. If at all possible, in the publishing contract do not agree to granting proprietary/exclusive right of use.
  • However, if you do surrender the exclusive right of use, you should attempt to maintain the right to parallel publication on TU Berlin's Digital Repository (after a mandatory waiting period of 6 or 12 months as appropriate). 
  • The SHERPA/RoMEO database provides information concerning which publishers allow secondary publishing in the context of scientific papers. However, this information is not legally binding; in case of doubt the publishing contract always take precedence.
    SHERPA/RoMEO  Database
  • If you maintain secondary utilization rights, we are always pleased when - in parallel to the initial publication - you also make your paper freely available online via TU Berlin's Digital Repository. 
    TU Berlin's Digital Repository

Creative Commons Licenses

Within the context of 'open access', Creative Commons-Licensing allows for more flexibility in terms of copyright law. Once a CC license is granted the work may be used for purposes of 'public good' (beyond those defined in copyright law regulations). The aim is to break down barriers that could impede the dissemination of scholarly knowledge for use in the areas of research and culture.

Any granting of usage rights is carried out on the basis of an individually chosen standard license model. Creative Commons license are used all over the world. Different versions are available, they are partly adapted for national legislations. We encourage the use of the newest license version 4.0:

  • CC BY: Attribution 4.0 International

    Under the condition that the name of the author/rights holder is mentioned, this license allows the work to be duplicated, disseminated and used in the public arena. Revisions may be undertaken and disseminated. The content may be used for commercial purposes.

    This type of license is recommended for publications appearing in the TU Berlin University Press and in the TU Berlin institutional repository. The license is open access-compliant.

  • CC BY-SA: Attribution, Share alike 4.0 International

    Under the condition that the name of the author/rights holder is mentioned, this license allows the work to be duplicated, disseminated and used in the public arena. The content may be used for commercial purposes. Changes to the content are permitted (including any translations of the work), any revision of the work must be distributed under the same license conditions.

    The license is open access-compliant.

  • CC BY-NC: Attribution, Non-commercial 4.0 International

    Under the condition that the name of the author/rights holder is mentioned, this license allows the work to be duplicated, disseminated and used in the public arena. Revisions may be undertaken and disseminated. Any use of the content for commercial purposes is prohibited.

    The license is not considered to be open access-compliant.

  • CC BY-ND: Attribution, No Derivatives 4.0 International

    Under the condition that the name of the author/rights holder is mentioned, this license allows the work to be duplicated, disseminated and used in the public arena. Any change to the content is prohibited, as is publishing it in any other form. The content may be used for commercial purposes.

    The license is not considered to be open access-compliant.

  • CC BY-NC-SA: Attribution, non-commercial, Share alike 4.0 International

    Under the condition that the name of the author/rights holder is mentioned, this license allows the work to be duplicated, disseminated and used in the public arena. Any use of the content for commercial purposes is prohibited. Changes to the content are permitted (including any translations of the work), any revision of the work must be distributed under the same license conditions.

    The license is not considered to be open access-compliant.

  • CC BY-NC-ND: Attribution, non-commercial, No Derivatives 4.0 International

    Under the condition that the name of the author/rights holder is mentioned, this license allows the work to be duplicated, disseminated and used in the public arena. Any use of the content for commercial purposes is prohibited. It is prohibited to publish the work revised form or changed in any way.

    The license is not considered to be open access-compliant.

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