OPUS - FAQs - Publishing

Who can publish documents in OPUS?

In principle, any Trier University member can publish in OPUS.
In addition, documents written by authors from outside the university who have a connection to the university or the region can be published after being individually reviewed by the university library.


Which documents can be published in OPUS?

All documents relevant to Trier University that are not solely topical can be published in OPUS. This category includes dissertations, habilitations, working papers, articles, reports, conference papers, annual reports, and other materials.
In its 2001 recommendations on the digital provision of information by university libraries, the German Council of Science and Humanities (WR) writes: “Digital academic publications should be characterized by a high level of availability and accessibility. For this reason, the Council of Science and Humanities is of the opinion that authors should not transfer their exploitation rights, when releasing them to commercial exploitation, to publishers overall, granting them an exclusive right to all types of exploitation. […] There ought to be an understanding in the academic system that the author should retain secondary exploitation rights to offer a new electronic edition if the possibility of an independent online publication arises, for example, via the university server [...].”
OPUS offers authors the opportunity to create a centralized electronic archive of their publications.


How can I publish my dissertation (documents) in OPUS?

All you need to publish a dissertation (documents) in OPUS is a computer with access to the internet. The prepared document in PDF format must first be available on a local computer. An online registration form is used for registration. In the form, a few details describing the document must be supplied. Finally, the document can be uploaded to the OPUS server or submitted to the University Library. After successful verification, the University Library will make the document available in OPUS.
Please refer to the information on submitting theses at Trier University for additional details regarding the publication of dissertations and habilitation theses.


How should I prepare my dissertation (documents) for publication?

The documents should be available in a standardized, platform-independent document format.
For dissertations and habilitation theses, this format is PDF. To ensure the required exact match of the electronic version with the printed examination version, it is recommended that the to-be-handed-in print version be produced from the PDF version.


Die Dokumente sollen in einem einheitlichen, plattformunabhängigen Dokumentformat angeboten werden.
Für Dissertationen und Habilitationsschriften ist dieses Format PDF. Um die für Dissertationen vorgeschriebene genaue Übereinstimmung der elektronischen mit der gedruckten Prüfungsversion zu gewährleisten, wird empfohlen, die abzulieferende gedruckte Fassung aus der elektronischen PDF-Version herstellen zu lassen.
Since dissertations and habilitation theses are additionally preserved long-term on the German National Library’s (DNB) archive server, the PDF document should always be available in an unprotected / unencrypted version. As protected PDF versions are not suitable for long-term archiving.
PDF format is also recommended for other scientific works. However, they can also be published in HTML format. However, as there are some requirements (directory structures, relative links, etc.) to be observed, you should first contact the library’s digital media department (opusuni-trierde) before publishing.
The file name should not contain umlauts or spaces. Underscores can be used instead, e.g., dissertation_mueller.pdf. It would be ideal to follow the ISO 9660 naming convention (file names with a maximum of 8 characters, all file names may only contain the letters A to Z or a to z without accents and umlauts, the numbers 0 to 9, and underscores).
Audio and video files can be included as supplementary material after consultation. Please observe the Corporate Design Manual’s guidelines when using the university logo.


How many copies do I have to submit to the University Library?

The number of copies to be submitted for simultaneous electronic publication varies between four and six copies, depending on the department. Please consult your department’s doctoral degree regulations for the relevant number for your subject.

What is the purpose of the online registration form?

The online registration form is used to describe your publication and thus provides essential metadata for its findability and indexing. The data (title, author, keywords, abstract, etc.) makes finding your dissertation or document easier. Take advantage of the opportunity that high-quality metadata provides for the findability and dissemination of your publication!