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Re: Misperceptions clarified


The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) 
maintains probably the most comprehensive list of 
journal-management software, one of them being PKP's Open Journal 


I just made a quick check what is going on in Germany.

The Open Journal Systems in particular is currently in use e.g. 
at the University of Cologne, TU and FU Berlin, Uni Hannover and 
University of Constance. The University Library Constance for 
example supports Open Access Projects by hosting the OJS platform 
on their servers and by providing introductory support for 
setting up journals and ongoing technical support. However, most 
of these OJS projects in Germany run probably too short to be 
able to draw conclusions. But there are also other systems in 
use. I just mention some of the current initiatives (apologies if 
I have forgotten an important one; I did not include projects 
tied to single journals like Katja Mrucks FQS, 

Digital Peer Publishing NRW, 
provides technological, legal and organisational frameworks and 
tools that can be adapted to the individual needs -- ranging from 
simple registration of scholarly content to the multimedia 
eJournal with peer review.

German Medical Science, <http://www.egms.de/en/> is an electronic 
portal and the e-journal of the Association of the Scientific 
Medical Societies in Germany (AWMF). It also offers hosting and a 
journal management system to set up new journals.

eSciDoc, <http://www.escidoc-project.de/> is as a shared project 
of the Max Planck Society and FIZ Karlsruhe, funded by the 
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), with the aim 
to realize a platform for communication and publication in 
scientific research organizations.

GAP - German Academic Publishers <http://www.gap-portal.de/> 
(sorry, in German only) started as a DFG funded joint project of 
number of German Universities, and later added further Research 
Institutes and Publishing Partners with the aim of enhancing 
scholar communication within an Open- Access-Publishing 
framework. They also have developed tools for electronic 
publishing and workflow management, and work on funding and 
cooperation models.

Best regards,
Bernd-Christoph Kaemper, Stuttgart University Library