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Literature, Academic Visibility, Open Access

Publication Services at TU Dortmund University

The TU Dortmund University Library provides a wide range of specialist literature and catalogues  as well as advice on academic visibility, open access and avoiding predatory journals.

In addition, the TU Dortmund University Library offers various publication services to increase the visibility of research and to improve publication success.

The university bibliography records the published research results of all members of TU Dortmund University and is maintained by the University Library. The university bibliography can be used to generate lists of publications for the Chair, Institute or personal websites.

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The ORCID iD (Open Researcher and Contributor iD) is a free, life-long personal identifier for researchers and scholars to unambiguously identify researchers and their work. Every researcher can personally register for an ORCID iD and use it in the entire research process – e.g. when applying for research projects or submitting publications. The University Library offers advice on the optimal use of ORCID iD, and the integration of data from ORCID into personal publication lists.

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TU Dortmund University encourages its researchers and scholars to publish their research results in open access, i.e. freely accessible to everyone on the Internet (refer to the Open Access Declaration for more information). To this end, the University Library offers both personal advice and financial support for the publication of articles in Open Access journals.

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The Eldorado repository serves the purpose of transparency and (early) publication of research results and is operated by the ITMC and the TU Dortmund University Library. It is primarily used for the long-term archiving of Open Access publications. In addition to dissertations and reports, secondary publications on Eldorado are also possible. In this way, TU Dortmund University members can comply with the obligation or request for Open Access publication by research sponsors.

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Data generated in the research process are increasingly available in digital form. This offers the opportunity to publish these data as part of a publication and to use them again in a different context. In addition to publication in special “data journals”, there are numerous specialist or generic repositories for the publication of data sets.

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TU Dortmund University advises its researchers in regards to scientific quality control. This includes publishing results in peer-reviewed journals and presenting their findings at legitimate conferences and meetings.

Predatory publishers will accept and publish research results for often considerable fees but without quality control by peer-review. Publication Services advise in regards to identifying legitimate publishers and journals. Please contact for further advice.

On a similar note, predatory conferences invite and accept research contributions without previous quality control by peer-review. For advice and previous experience regarding predatory conferences please contact the .

The lecture series “Forschung Fördern” regularly offers information and advice on how to avoid predatory publishers and conferences.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dortmund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dortmund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dortmund University has its own train station ("Dortmund Universität"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station ("Dortmund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop "Dortmund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dortmund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dortmund Universität S".

Dortmund Airport offers flights to several destinations in Central Europe. There are regular connections to Katowice, Kraków, London and Munich. For the approximately 20km-trip from Dortmund Airport to TU Dortmund University, you can use a shuttle bus to the railway Station "Bahnhof Holzwickede", from which trains depart to Dortmund main station (please visit Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr for more information). Normally, the fastest way is to catch a taxi at Dortmund Airport.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dortmund Universität S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

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