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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.

Life sciences research needs a solid infrastructure.

ZB MED carries out the applied research required to achieve this.


Publishing infrastructures for gold open access and green open access

This project aims to expand and stabilise open access publishing infrastructure to keep pace with demand. In 2003, ZB MED set up the German Medical Science (GMS) open access platform for journals and conference proceedings from the field of medicine in collaboration with the German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information (DIMDI) and the German Association of Scientific Medical Societies (AWMF).

The Living Handbooks for life sciences are a recent addition to this platform. Over the next two years, ZB MED will examine the specialist needs of scientists from the humanities, natural sciences and life sciences and make corresponding improvements to all the different formats of publication (conference and congress proceedings, journals, books). New tools are enabling researchers to exploit all the myriad advantages of digital publishing technologies to publish their results in a handy, high-quality open access format that is searchable and accessible from anywhere in the world.

ZB MED’s role in the project

Surveys and expert interviews Expanding the platform to include conferences and congresses and incorporating new tools.


1 April 2018 – 31 May 2020

Funding bodies

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)


The project has produced a German-language guide to the development of Open Access publication platforms for gold and green OA. It summarises current quality standards that are necessary to obtain certifications such as the DINI certificate or to meet the requirements of the European research funding agencies' Plan S. At the same time, it provides an overview of suitable software solutions and selected examples of best practice from the field of publishing. With this guide, ZB MED offers a useful tool for scientific institutions planning their own Open Access platforms.