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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.


Open access publishing of encyclopedic handbooks

ZB MED has launched a collaborative project with academic publishing house Barbara Budrich. The project combines the novel approach of publishing a “living” encyclopedic handbook with the goal of further developing ZB MED’s PUBLISSO publishing platform and opening it up to other publication formats.

To set an example of best practice, the “Politics and Gender” committee of the German Political Science Association (DVPW) will be producing an encyclopedic handbook on the topic of politics and gender. This will be published on the PUBLISSO publishing platform by the Barbara Budrich publishing company. The handbook is considered as “living” because the individual articles will be successively published under gold open access and can be updated at any time. In addition, the same articles will be published at regular intervals in the form of an open access book.

The second key focus of the project is to continue developing and expanding PUBLISSO into a freely available publishing platform for all standard publication types. This platform will enable small/mid-sized publishing houses and university presses to publish monographs, journal articles, serial publications, handbooks and encyclopedias on a publishing platform. The individual modules can be adapted to the specific needs of each particular discipline – including academic disciplines outside the life sciences.

ZB MED’s role in the project

ZB MED will head up the collaborative project and continue to develop the PUBLISSO publishing platform. Its responsibilities also include hosting and maintaining the platform.


1 February 2021 – 31 January 2023

Funding bodies

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)


Barbara Budrich GmbH publishing house, Leverkusen