Scientific.Net: Many contents of the engineering science database still freely available

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01.04.2020 13:33

Scientific.Net: Many contents of the engineering science database still freely available

Dr. Sandra Niemeyer Kommunikation und Marketing
Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB)

    TIB successfully negotiates an extension of the Scientific.Net licence with TransTech Publications for the years 2020-2022

    HANNOVER, 1 April 2020 – The alliance licence negotiated by the TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology for the database "Scientific.Net: Materials Science and Engineering" published by Trans Tech Publications (TTP) will be funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for a further three years. For the year 2020, 17 academic institutions - ten universities and seven research institutions - from Germany are participating in the consortium; five more than at the start in 2018.
    The full text database contains publications in the fields of materials science, materials research and solid state physics. These include highly topical contributions of nanoscience and biomedical engineering. In addition, the e-book series "Foundations of Materials Science and Engineering" is now offered with two to three new publications per year.

    Free access to many TTP publications for scientific institutions and private persons

    In addition to licensing the Scientific.Net database for the 17 consortium members, the TIB has also negotiated that the contents of the database published from 2020-2022 will be freely accessible to scientific institutions and private individuals after a one-year embargo period. The only prerequisite for this is registration via This is being financed entirely from TIB funds.

    Advantages for consortium members

    Consortium members have access to all contents of the database and also receive a 50 percent discount on the TTP list price, the annual price increase is limited to a maximum of two percent. They also benefit from the DFG's funding of the Alliance licence. Within the scope of the "Wissenschaftliche Literaturversorgungs- und Informationssysteme (LIS)" (Scientific Library Services and Information Systems) programme, 25 percent of the institutions' ongoing licence fees are covered by the DFG.

    Authors from participating institutions can place their articles in a freely selectable repository in the form of a publisher's PDF after a six-month embargo period or immediately after publication for a fee of 500 Euros. The TIB and TTP will also cooperate in the identification of articles. These licence conditions allow further steps in the transformation towards Open Access.

    About TIB
    Acting in the capacity of the German national library of technology, as well as architecture, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics, the TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology and University Library provides academia, research, industry and business with literature and information in printed and electronic form.

    TIB is continuously expanding its role as a German information centre for the digitisation of science and technology. The library provides scientific content, digital services and methodological skills to specialist and research communities at, supporting the different stages of scientific work. The library’s search and order portal offers users access to more than 80 million technical and scientific datasets indexed by TIB. The library’s outstanding quality-assured collections also include knowledge objects such as audiovisual media, 3D models and research data. Thanks to specially developed search technologies, TIB’s AV-Portal ( can be used to search for specific content from scientific videos from the fields of science and technology. As a research library, TIB conducts applied research and development in order to generate new services and optimise existing ones. The key areas of research are in the fields of data science, non-textual material, Open Science and visual analytics.
    TIB is a public-law foundation of the Federal State of Lower Saxony. The library is a member of the Leibniz Association.

    About Trans Tech Publications
    Founded in 1967 in Switzerland, Trans Tech Publications Ltd. keeps up to date with and endorses the latest trends in academic publishing. The editorial and publishing processes are supported by our own online management and publishing system integrated into the Scientific.Net website.

    The trademark, Scientific.Net, was created by the company and epresents one of the largest web resources providing high-demand content focused on science and engineering themes. Each year thousands of new academic publications enrich the Scientific.Net collection. It includes academic journals and book series that publish regular and special issues, volumes, conference proceedings, and monographs. Top-rated higher educational and research institutions as well as consortia representing entire countries subscribe to the Scientific.Net online library. Paperback books are sold all over the world through numerous agents and distributors. Modern technology allows our customers to reach the online content through mobile devices and enjoy the advantages of an eBook format. The resource has gained popularity due to the single papers purchase option which serves the needs of individual scientists striving to obtain particular research papers of their interest.

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