The Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities

The Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities is one of the eight members of the German Union of Academies. It is based in Leipzig, financed by the Saxon State Ministry for Science and the Arts and covers research projects from the federal states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia. Most of the endeavors have a long-term duration, covering sometimes more than two decades of research in three branches: STEM (“Mathematisch-naturwissenschaftliche Klasse”), Humanities (“Philologisch-historische Klasse”), and IT/Engineering (“technikwissenschaftliche Klasse”).

Most of the projects offer digital outputs (databases, open access publications etc.) – see here and here . The academy houses several endeavors in Digital Humanities (Pudel, KompetenzwerkD) and is member of the NFDI initiative, SaxFDM, FDHL and more initiatives promoting open science.


KompetenzwerkD – Sächsisches Forschungszentrum und Kompetenznetzwerk für Digitale Geisteswissenschaften und Kulturelles Erbe

The KompetenzwerkD – Saxon Research Center and Competence Network for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage was founded in 2020 to foster research in the following six institutions in Saxony:

The KompetenzwerkD has the following goals:

  • to promote open Access, open data, open source and open science in humanities research in Saxony
  • to optimize findability, accessibility, interoperability and reusability of research data in the humanities (FAIR data principles)
  • to bundle local competencies and methodological know-how in the Digital Humanities
  • to establish long-term resources
  • to cluster resources and develop technical competences

Contact: kompetenzwerkd(at)

Denkströme – Das Journal der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften

„Denkströme“ is an open access journal of the Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Next to articles and reports from research projects of the Academy, statements addressing current issues in academia are published. The journal’s scope are academics of the respective disciplines and a broader audience.


Open Access Publishing at HTWK Leipzig

The HTWK Library provides information on Open Access and offers services to support researchers in the publishing process such as:

  • advisory service and training
  • options for funding Open Access publications
  • publishing on the repository Qucosa


HTWK Leipzig Open Access Representative: Astrid Schiemichen (

OA-HVerlag: Open Access University Press

The OA-HVerlag research project was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) from 2018 to 2020. The aim of the project was to construct and develop a media-neutral, sustainable, and cost- and staff-efficient publishing workflow for the production and dissemination of OA monographs. The results were published in the handbook “Open Access Publication Workflow for Academic Books: A Handbook for Colleges and Universities”.

Currently, the OA-HVerlag is supervised by students as part of their bachelor studies in publishing technology. As part of this, the project team publishes a monthly Open Access newsletter.

Research project:
Handbook: DOI 10.33968/9783966270175-00

Twitter: @OAHVerlag

OA-STRUKTKOMM: Open Access Structured Communication

The research team of OA-STRUKTKOMM deals with the question of how data exchange between individual actors and systems of Open Access publishing can be made more robust and compatible. In addition to the development of a communication structure for systems involved in the workflow, the further development of an out-of-the-box publication server is taking place. Furthermore, in order to establish the present Open Access workflow model, knowledge transfer will be realized in order to support university publishers in deciding on individually suitable workflow strategies.


Twitter: @oa_struktkomm


Repository SAW Leipzig

The repository offers longterm preservation of digital language resources with a focus on lexical data and language resources for so-called “under-resourced” languages. The mission of the repository is to ensure their longterm preservation and deep integration in modern research infrastructures like the European CLARIN project and the national research data infrastructure (NFDI) consortium Text+.

Repository website:

Project website:


Open Access Publishing at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research

Scientists of the Helmholtz Centre of Environmental Research (UFZ) are increasingly publishing their research in Open Access. For support and funding, the UFZ library offers various services to provide optimal assistance. Furthermore, the UFZ library monitors all UFZ related publications and their costs for the Open Access transformation within the Helmholtz Association and beyond.

Open Science website of the UFZ library:

Open Access at Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde (IfL)

Within the context of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, the IfL is committed to the idea of open access. As stated in the preface, the declaration was elaborated to “promote the Internet as a functional instrument for a global scientific knowledge base and human reflection and to specify measures which should be considered by politicians, research institutions, funding agencies, libraries, archives and museums”. At IfL, Open Access constitutes an important educational-political part of its mission for discussing and disseminating its own research findings in the academic world.

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