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Phone: +49 (0)221 478-5685

Cologne Site

Medicine and Health

ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences
Gleueler Straße 60
50931 Cologne (Köln)

Bonn Site

Nutritional, Environmental and Agricultural Sciences

ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences
Friedrich-Hirzebruch-Allee 4
53115 Bonn




An infrastructure and research centre for data and information in the life sciences.

Open + FAIR

We promote open, reproducible research based on the principles of open science and FAIR data.

Promoting openness - supporting research: Infrastructures for Open Science

ZB MED is a driver for Open Science, in its research activities as well as in its infrastructural services. Open Science refers to the complete opening of the research cycle, from the initial idea for a research project, through the generation and analysis of data, to the publication of research results and their subsequent use. The goals of Open Science include the creation of transparency and reproducibility. ZB MED offers comprehensive services to support and further develop research processes along the entire research cycle.  


A central component of ZB MED's Open Science activities is the PUBLISSO portal: PUBLISSO's OA publishing platforms and quality assurance services and advice support researchers in publishing and making available texts and research data in Open Access. The PUBLISSO software is also available to all institutions as an open source solution for subsequent use. 

The services related to research data management aim to accompany the life cycle of research data in order to finally publish them in accordance with the FAIR criteria and make them reusable. The services include technical infrastructures for data management planning and publication of research data as well as consulting and training. In addition, ZB MED is substantially involved in the development of the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) to establish efficient and sustainable research data management.

Digital long-term archiving at ZB MED ensures the permanent availability of published research results on its own platforms as well as its own holdings.


Services in the life sciences research cycle

ZB MED and the Bielefeld Institute for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (BIBI) support researchers along the entire research cycle with different services - based on the principles of open science.

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Publication of Full Texts and Research Data

The PUBLISSO publishing platforms for life sciences at ZB MED enable scientists and researchers from the fields of medicine, health service, and nutritional, environmental and agricultural sciences to publish their research work and data and prepare them for long-term archiving.

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Research data management

The services in research data management support researchers throughout the entire life cycle of data - from advice, such as on the selection of electronic lab books or on the choice of a suitable research data repository, to concrete tools, for example for creating data management plans and assigning DOIs.

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National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI)

ZB MED plays a major role in developing the national research data infrastructure (NFDI) for the life sciences with the goal of establishing an efficient and sustainable system of research data management.

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PUBLISSO provides comprehensive advice on scientific publishing in the sense of Open Science in the life sciences. To get started, you will find extensive FAQs, among other things. For the individual organisation of workshops and lectures, please contact us.

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Digital preservation

Digital preservation is the key to preserve life science information over the long term. ZB MED bases its digital preservation strategy on up-to-date standards and cooperates closely with partners.

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PUBLISSO software: The open-source solution for all scientific publications

ZB MED also makes the PUBLISSO system available to other institutions for subsequent use as an open-source solution. As additional services, ZB MED offers hosting and maintenance of the system including long-term archiving of the content.

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Working for you

ZB MED is represented on various committees and participates in numerous collaborative projects as part of its efforts to promote open science, open access, digital long-term archiving and research data.

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