In the spring of 2018, the Saarland University and State Library (SULB) gathered data on publications in open access journals at Saarland University.
The survey was conducted by the SULB as part of the application process to join the DFG’s funding programme for Open Access Publishing.
The data collected for the years 2016 and 2017 is based on an analysis of the following databases: ACM Digital Library, adlr.link / FID für Medien-, Kommunikations- und Filmwissenschaften, Bibliographie des Musikschrifttums, EconLit, Education Resource Information Center (ERIC), FIS Bildung, MathScinet, PsycARTICLES, PsycINFO, PSYNDEX, Sport und Recherche im Fokus (SURF), Web of Science, WISO Sozialwissenschaften.
Information was also collected from the publication lists on departmental websites, as this information was not always available from database analyses.
Nevertheless, the numbers reported cannot claim to be complete, as even in subject areas where the available database is regarded as comprehensive and of high quality not all Saarland University publications were found to be included in the database.
The same applies to the analysis of websites, as it cannot be assumed that all of the publication lists are complete and up to date.
The data relating to 2017 is particularly susceptible to error. As the data was gathered in the spring of 2018, it is almost certain that not all of the publications from the previous year had been indexed in the databases at that time.
List of open access journals in which scientists and scholars from Saarland University published their research in 2016 and 2017 and that would have met the selection criteria used in the DFG’s publication funding programme.