Self-archiving (green Open Access) continues to play a significant role in the transformation to Open Science.

Sometimes self-archiving in repositories is the preferred or even the only available open access strategy: academic journals are not the predominant media of publication in all disciplines; especially in the case of anthologies and conference proceedings, gold or diamond OA options via the publishers are still frequently lacking. In addition, there are cases where gold OA fees are not covered by institutional funds or transformative publisher agreements. Green OA also plays an important strategic role, for example, in securing archival access to "flipped" former subscription journals.

Tools like unpaywall and projects like DeepGreen have successfully contributed to making green OA more convenient for publishers and readers.

Users, on the other hand, often perceive the process of self-archiving as laborious; they also face technical and legal uncertainties. In order to overcome these obstacles, many academic libraries offer services such as legal checks, publisher enquiries or full text uploads into the institutional or subject repository.

Such services, also called self-archiving services (often abbreviated as “ZVS“ on the basis of the German term “Zweitveröffentlichungsservices"), are resource-intensive for providers and occasionally raise practical and legal questions.

In view of these challenges at the practitioner level, the focus group on self-archiving intends to provide a space for all providers of and parties interested in ZVS to, among other things

  • exchange views on ZVS-related issues and central topics.
  • reflect on and further develop their own approaches in the context of this community of practice.
  • pool resources so that common interests can be advanced, for example with regards to publishers without self-archiving policies.
  • use the insight gained on other institutions' workflows to make local working practices more effective.
  • exchange views on legal issues.
  • build and maintain a common knowledge base of generic questions, answers and information.
  • explore and exploit opportunities for cooperation.

You can sign up to the focus group mailing list here. If you would like to actively participate in the group, you can also request a user account for the group's MediaWiki. To make it easier for us to assign you, please indicate that you are interested in participating in the Focus Group "Zweitveröffentlichung".

If you have any questions about the focus group, please contact: Arvid Deppe (deppe(at) or Sonja Härkönen (sonja.haerkoenen(at)

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