Legal Framework

Many publishers permit self-archiving/re-publication of an already published article on the RUB repository. On this so-called "Green route" you can make your scientific texts freely accessible, free of charge and with little effort through RUB’s open access repository. 

Which legal requirements must be met?

  • In the case of self-archiving/ re-publication of already published works on the RUB repository, authors transfer to RUB a simple (non-exclusive) right of use. This is done by signing and returning a rights grant.
  • Compliance with copyright and rights of usage is the author's or publisher's responsibility. A first indication of the legal possibilities offered by indiviual publishers can be found on the so-called SHERPA / RoMEO list. Concrete information on legal matters is also contained in the respective author's publication contract with the prevoius publisher of the document in question.
  • If you require assistance with the clearance of rights, please do not hesitate to call us (phone: 0234 / 32-22053) or send an e-mail to:
Further information for authors on legal issues

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With the help of licenses, authors can specify the conditions under which the document provided by them can be used by others. The best-known and most widely used licenses are the following:

Creative Commons Licenses (CC)

With the Creative Commons licenses, which come from the US-American context, authors grant the public rights of use for their works. These include, among other things, copying and distribution under the condition of naming the rightsholder. Other terms can be determined by the copyright holder themselves:

Digital Peer Publishing License (DPPL)

The DPPL  was developed in 2003 by the Initiative for Innovation in Scientific Communication (Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research NRW). It is an open access license that includes three core modules.


For any questions please contact to OA-Team (+49 234/32-22053).