The online publication system (OPUS) of the Bauhaus-University Weimar is a platform on which all members - teachers or students - Of the Bauhaus-University Weimar can publish documents of long-term scientific or artistic interest in electronic form on the Internet.

The documents on this server may be copied, printed and quoted for scientific purposes and for their own use. The copyrights are with the authors. Any commercial use of the documents, including parts and extracts, is forbidden without prior consent and agreement with the server operators.

Hints for searching

Boolean Operators AND, OR, NOT

When you use the Simple Search, all terms are combined by AND automatically. For a more tightly focused search you may use the Boolean Operators to combine different search terms.

AND: The document has to contain all search terms.

OR: The document has to contain one of the search terms. This function broadens your search and is recommended, when there are different terms for the same meaning.

article OR paper

NOT: This function works excluding and might be useful to reduce a large result list: Documents, which contain the one term, may not contain the other.

article NOT paper
The Boolean Operators work for the Advanced Search as well. You may use them to combine different search terms within one search field. For example, to search for documents of the author "Doe" in the years 2002 or 2003, use the query:
Author: Doe
Year: 2002 OR 2003


In the field 'Search:', you may use the symbols '*' and '?' as wildcards. Use them in place of a character or characters that are unknown or that may differ. You cannot use them in front of a word or search string.

Example 1: chemi* finds chemical but also chemistry or chemist.
Example 2: licen?e finds licence and license.

You may use double quotes (") to search for phrases.

I have some more questions - whom shall I contact?

Theses department: admission / supervision "digital dissertations"
Office hours individual appointments possible via phone
Heidi Körner
e-mail: hss[at]
phone: 03643 582823

Claudia Haase, M.A.
e-mail: hss[at]
phone: 03643 582828

Author Services
Heidi Körner
e-mail: hss[at]
phone: 03643 582823

Library Open Access officer
Dana Horch
e-mail: dana.horch[at]
phone: 03643 582805

Technical support
Katharina Kupfer
e-mail: katharina.kupfer[at]
phone: 03643 582866

Which document types are there?

The following document types are available.

What are the particular factors in dissertations and postdoctoral theses?

The specifics to be observed when publishing electronic dissertations or habilitations can be found in these instructions (only in German).

What are the particular factors in bachelor, baster and master thesis?

Theses by students of the Bauhaus University Weimar (bachelor, master and diploma thesis) will be saved, if the publication is supported by the supervisor or another member of the faculty and the theses is at least graded with "good".
Please upload the confirmation with you thesis to the server.

How do I publish my work here?

Please click on the publication link on the start page.
First you are requested to choose a document type. Right beneath that you can upload your document files. Having done so you may click on "send". What follows now is the actual form. You have to fill in data about your publication here (so called metadata), which is used to describe your work in catalouges and other bibliographic directories. Describe the document you want to upload using the categories and fields on the publication form. Depending on the document type, some of these fields are mandatory and therefore have to be filled in. Please describe your document as clear as possible. Mandatory fields are for example:
  • the document type (must be choosen from a list)
  • the title of your publication and the language of the title
  • the abstract of the document
  • the publication date of your document (normally the day you publish it online)
  • the language of the document (must be choosen from a list)
  • the licence, under which you want to publish your document (must be choosen from a list)
If you are unsure what to fill in certain form fields, you can point the cursor on a field and an explaining help text will be shown.
After you have finished the form, all data will be displayed once again for a check-up and you then have three possibilities: you can correct them if necessary, add your document to a collection or simply safe it directly.

When my publication is available online?

After a brief examination by the University Library, your document will be published in the publication portal.

What's metadata?

Metadata can be defined as
  • data describing one or more ressources
  • or as
  • data associated with an object and describing it
Basically metadata is describing documents, objects or services and contains information about their content, structure or form. More abstractly metadata is a description of data or "data about data". Bibliographic data sets and catalog entries in library catalogs can be seen as a kind of metadata.

This repository is using metadata in the Dublin Core Metedata Element Set (short Dublin Core (DC)) which has fifteen basic elements. Dublin Core is the result of international efforts to reach a collective consensus in describing electronic objects (in the broadest sense). The Library of Congress (LoC), the Online Cataloging Library Center (OCLC) and several national libraries are dealing with Dublin Core in many projects and are close to introduce the system respectively.

What's orcid?

What's ORCID
  • is a nonproprietary and independent non-profit-organisation.
  • creates an unique identification number (ORCID iD).
What are the advantages of ORCID iD?
  • is free of charge and independent of publishing companies.
  • is unique and allows the assignment to a person, regeardless of the commonness og the name, name changes, etc.
  • is permanent and can also be used in the event of change to another institution.
  • simplifies the presentation of their own research.
  • is open to different forms of publication and media types.
How do I create my ORCID iD?
To create your own ORCID ID:
  • Registrate via (you simply need your name and e-mail address.).
  • You can add further information to your profile (optional).
  • You can link your publications with your ORCID iD verknüpft (optional).
How do I use my ORCID iD?
  • submitting a publication: The ORCID iD can now be used by many publishers when submitting a publication. Furthermore you should link your ORCID profile with DataCite and CrossRef. The publication will be automatically added to the ORCID profile then.
  • At your homepage, in your e-mail signature, submitting proposals: The ORCID iD makes it easier for others to search for your publications. The link to your ORCID iD can replace the publication list on your homepage. For all publications with DOI will be an link from ORCID to the article.
  • To connect with other identifier: existing accounts like ResearcherID from Web of Science or your Scopus ID can be linked with ORCID iD.

Example: record for Reinhard König at ORCID.

This text has been adapted with kind permission of the University Library of Würzburg.

What's GND ID?

What's a GND ID?

The Gemeinsame Normdatei (GND) (Integrated Authority File) is an international authority file for the organisation of personal names, families, conferences, corporate bodies, subject headings and geographical place names. The GND is held cooperative and managed by the Deutschen Nationalbibliothek (DNB) (German National Library). Every registered person gets an individual identification number (the GND ID), given by libraries. Different notations (like Göthe; Goethe, Wolfgango) and additional attributes can be added. Furthermore, publications can be linked. Example: record for Reinhard König at the DNB

What requirements are placed on my document?

File formats:
Text documents: PDF/A-2b, a standard for long-term archiving of electronic documents.
Graphic files: BMP, JPG/JPEG, PNG, TIF/TIFF
Audio files: M4A, MP3, WAV
Video files: LPD, M4V, MPG/MPEG, RM, RV
Please use filenames in the following pattern: name_firstname_titlesword
No digital rigths management: for long-term archiving, the document may not be copy-protected or otherwise protected against access.
File size: < 500 MB.

Documents can be changed or deleted?

In general, the possibility of changing or deleting documents is not provided. This guarantees the authenticity of the documents, which are comparable with printed publications. Deleting documents can only be carried out by the responsible staff of the university library at the author's request, if, for example, conflict situations arise with commercial publishers in a parallel publication. Not deleted are dissertations, in which the publication was made in compliance with the publication requirement laid down in the doctoral regulations.
If you want to make a correction and your document has already been published, the changed document has to be published again. This corresponds to the process of a new edition in printed publications.

Generate structured text documents

Microsoft Office and Adobe Professional can be used at the PC workstations in the university library.
Creating structured PDF/A documents

Publishing in PDF/A format

Creating PDF/A-2b - documents

Microsoft Office and Adobe Professional can be used at the PC workstations in the university library.

Invoke Adobe Acrobat Pro(fessional)
Create PDF from file
Choose a file
Save as ... Archivable PDF file (PDF/A)
Under Settings select:
Save as PDF/A-2b

A comprehensive tutorial on publishing in PDF/A format with lots of useful tips, the TU Berlin.
Also from the TU Berlin Instructions for optimizing the file and adding metadata.

Authors transfer the right to the University Library of the Bauhaus-University Weimar to save the document, to publish the document on the Internet and that the document may be converted into another format. This applies to the server of the German National Library as well as other document server with regard to content or regional aspects.
In addition to this for doctoral and habilitation theses the author confirms that the publication is accepted by the PhD Committee and consistent with the version approved for print and consistent with the delivered print issues.
The German copyright (Urheberrechtsgesetz (UrhG)) applies to documents provided electronically in data networks.
In particular, the following applies:
The author confirms that the rights of third parties are not violated by the publication and the publication does not violate applicable law. In particular, applicable copyright has been observed and the author is the owner of all rights at the present work and owner of the rights necessary for publication, licenses (or the like). This affects both the text and the illustrations.

The author will indemnify the University Library of the Bauhaus-University Weimar from all claims of any kind asserted by third parties from the publication of the present work and he/she will take the University Library's place immediately after becoming known of such a case.

The user himself is responsible for compliance with the law. He may be held liable for any violation.
According to §53 UrhG the reader has the right to make personal copies or prints for his personal scientific or non-commercial use. Utilization beyond that requires an explicit and written permission of the author or rights owner beforehand.

In most cases this is no problem. Please ensure in any case, if your publisher allows a parallel publication! To do that you can use the SHERPA/ROMEO list.

The so-called secondary-publication right (Zweitveröffentlichungsrecht, § 38(4) German UrhG) allows authors to make the manuscripts of their publications in scientific/scholarly journals freely available on the internet under certain conditions one year after the primary publication.
Many scientific publishing companies permit that authors and female authors make their already published works as a second publication on an institutional publication server freely available.
The conditions of a big number of publishing companies are put together in the SHERPA/RoMEO list. The information is also about whether or which version may be published.
The SHERPA/RoMEO list is not legally binding. In doubt please you look on the web pages of the magazines, the publishing companies or in the publishing company contract or you turn to the Open Access Officer of the university library of Weimar.
Please add the official link and DOI to the first publication.
Here are more information about secondary publications.

Authors can choose which terms of use must be regarded for their publication. These terms are defined in a license. This repository supports different licenses, from which you can choose one (i.e. Creative Commons Licenses/).

Which does open-access-publikationsfonds mean?

At the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, publication costs (APCs) for articles published in Open Access journals have been financed by the DFG fund since the start of 2019. Information about the funding criteria and application procedure you can find here.
Use the online form or send an email to openaccess[at] (including details of the article’s authors, journal title, article title, total publication costs, publication date and information on third-party funding for the associated research project) to request the reimbursement of costs.

Open Access Policy of Weimar Bauhaus-University

The Bauhaus-University Weimar - represented by the members of the university management and the Senate - is committed to the principles open access publishing, as laid down in the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. It advocates free and unrestricted access to scientific knowledge and recommends scientists to publish in open access publications. Due to the easier access and the strong linkage of Open Access publications, in their opinion it increases the visibility of the research results of the Bauhaus-University Weimar.

The Bauhaus-University Weimar offers its authors an free of charge online publication service (OPUS), which is organized by the University Library. The Bauhaus-University Weimar recommends to her scientists, to publish research results as a inital publication or as a pre- or postprint on OPUS.

The Bauhaus-University Weimar encourages scientists to explore the already existing possibilities of open access publishing. Within the framework of (copyright) legal possibilities this also applies to the secondary publication of research results. When concluding contracts for a publication scientists should make sure that they contain a non-exclusive right of use.

The University Library supports and advises the authors on all questions regarding open access.

Resolution of the Rectorate of 14 December 2016


The policy guidelines as pdf document.


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