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Publication options at KIT

The KIT Library offers different publication services for KIT researchers.
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The publication services of the KIT Library include the repository KITopen as well as the KIT publishing house “KIT Scientific Publishing”. Research results and educational material originated at or in close connection with the KIT can be published here.

KIT aims to document all publications by its researchers. In addition to the full text documents freely accessible in accordance with open access principles, the KITopen repository therefore also includes bibliographic data of KIT publications as reported by scientists or institutes.

KITopen repository

  • The KITopen repository is the central repository of KIT. KITopen publishes all versions of KIT’s research results in a freely accessible and exclusively electronic form (open access).
  • The KITopen repository also publishes learning materials (e.g. slides/scripts and online lectures) as well as audiovisual contributions from and about the KIT on the Internet and in connection with online courses in learning platforms.
  • Publishing in KITopen is free.
  • The granting of a Creative Commons license is possible for publications in KITopen.
  • KITopen allows to deposit both inital and secondary publications of publisher's publications. Most publishers allow authors to deposit their secondary publications in repositories. Please refer to the SHERPA/RoMEO list to have an overview of the different publisher policies.
  • For optimal visibility of your media, you can use the checklist "Checkliste für die Publikation von Medien über KITopen" (in German).

An overview of publication options:

Type of publication Initial publication Secondary publication
Audio/Video yes yes
Book yes yes
Book article no yes
Conference paper no yes
Conference proceedings yes yes
Image yes yes
Journal article no yes
Learning materials yes yes
Poster no yes
Presentation no yes
Research data/Software yes yes
Research report: "KIT Scientific Working Papers" yes no
Research report/Preprint yes yes
Review in book/journal, encyclopedia article no yes
Science communication on the Internet no yes
Thesis: doctoral thesis yes yes
Thesis: habilitation treatise yes (on application) yes
Thesis: student’s thesis yes yes

Publication series may be published as well.

KIT Scientific Publishing

  • KIT Scientific Publishing (KSP) is a pure open access publisher for gold open access publishing by KIT researchers and scientists.
  • KSP publications have been checked in terms of form and content and have been optimized for electronic publication.
  • All KSP publications are available electronically (via parallel publication in KITopen) and as printed versions at international bookstores.
  • The Creative Commons license CC-BY-SA must be granted for all KSP publications.

An overview of publication options:

Type of publication Initial publication Secondary publication
Book yes no
Conference proceedings yes no
Journal yes no
Research report "KIT Scientific Reports" yes no
Thesis: Doctoral thesis yes no
Thesis: habilitation treatise yes no

Publications series (of institutes) may be published as well.


Please do not hesitate to make an individual consultation if you have questions regarding publication options at KIT or aspects of the scientific publishing process.

Contact and further information