FAQ’s netlibrary

Which documents are in netlibrary?

The following documents are in netlibrary:

  • Open-Access publications of AAU scientific staff
  • AAU publications (Master’s, PHD, habilitation theses)
  • Open-Access journals and series regarding AAU

Which documents are not in netlibrary?

The following types of documents are not in netlibrary:

  • Bachelor’s theses
  • Presentations
  • Course material
  • Research data

Who can upload documents in netlibrary?

AAU scientific as well as administrative staff can enter documents in netlibrary.

How can I upload a document on netlibrary?

Document upload is usually achieved automatically via interfaces with research documentation as well as via the campus system. In addition, AAU scientific and administrative staff can send documents to netlibrary@aau.at. After examination by our team, the document is published in netlibrary.

I am the publisher of an Open-Access journal/series – how can I make it accessible in netlibary?

Our netlibrary team will be happy to help. Please contact us under netlibrary@aau.at

Which advantages does uploading my documents in netlibrary offer?

You profit on several levels from uploading your document in netlibrary. The most obvious advantages are:

  • Long-time storage and allocation of Persistent Identifiers to ensure improved and long-term citability and retrieval of your document.
  • Enhanced visibility of your scientific publication (netlibrary interacts with library search engines like surf@ubk and can be searched by numerous noted Open-Access platforms via a DAI interface).
  • Open-Access publication obligations to third party funding (e.g. FWF) are fulfilled.
  • Online access to your publication in a safe, institutional environment.

Which file formats can be uploaded?

For upload, documents must be saved as a PDF file. Information about conversion of a document into a PDF file can be found here.

Where can I find information about publishers’ policies concerning self-storage?

A first step is the examination of the author-publisher agreement. If you have not signed an author-publisher agreement, or if the agreement does not contain information about Open-Access publication rights, searching SHERPA/RoMEO is recommended. This is a useful platform with information about Open-Access publication conditions of approx. 2400 publishers and 3000 journals. In case of doubt, contacting your publisher is strongly advised.

What is a Permanent/Persistent Identifier?

PIs serve the unequivocal and permanent addressing of digital resources. Contrary to the usual web-URLs, they differentiate between resource identification and resource address. Using a resolving mechanism, they guarantee access to a resource even if the physical memory location is changed.

Persistent identifiers (PI) identify data unequivocally and permanently. Even in the case of URL or storage changes, PIs can reliably trace the current address. Permanent/Persistent Identifiers are an important basis of long-term storage of digital documents. Furthermore, they are ideally suited for citation and linking purposes. There are several types of PIs; these are the most commonly used ones:

  • Digital Object Identifies (DOI)
  • Uniform Resource Name (URN)
  • Handle (hdl)
  • Archival Resource Keys (ARK)
  • Permanent URL (PURL)

All netlibrary documents are automatically given an URN; identifiers already in use (e.g. DOIs) can be mentioned in addition.

For further questions and information, please contact: netlibrary@aau.at