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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.

Thieme transformation licence

Licence to transform a subscription model to an open access model for the Thieme journal "Hormone and Metabolic Research"

On the initiative of ZB MED and Forschungszentrum Jülich, a consortium of thirteen other specialist libraries joined forces to conclude a transformation agreement with the Thieme Group. As part of an initial pilot project, German authors at participating institutions was initially be given the opportunity to publish original papers in the international Thieme journal "Hormones and Metabolic Research" at no additional cost open access. The licence fee that libraries paid to the publisher for the use of the journal converted increasingly into a publication fee under the five-year contract.

The contract between the Thieme Group and the fifteen members of the expandable library consortium regulated both the gradual transformation of an existing subscription journal into an Open Access offering and the associated financing.


1 April 2019 - 31 December 2023

Funding bodies

The German Research Foundation’s funding programme for nationwide licensing deals, which forms part of the Scientific Library Services and Information Systems programme (DFG-LIS)


  • Thieme Group
  • Forschungszentrum Jülich Central Library