peDOCS in general: Open Access to Educational Research Publications
peDOCS (pedagogical documents), the repository that has been set up and is maintained by the DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education, collects electronic full texts from the domains of educational research, and makes the texts accessible according to the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities . Global accessibility is guaranteed by its integration into the German Education Portal - the central entry point to pedagogical information - and into the German Education Server, as well as by its findability in search engines. Moreover, peDOCS closely collaborates with the German National Library (DNB) in striving towards the long-term storage of documents, in order to assure they will be searchable via peDOCS for a long time. peDOCS is also engaged in ENABLE!. The platform is aimed at uniting individual actors involved in the science publishing system in a network based on partnership, for a collaborative enablement of Open-Access publications in the Humanities and Social Sciences and the development of new and innovative models. peDOCS has been an official member of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) since July 2020. COAR supports the open access movement and the networking of repositories around the world.
Besides offering documents the scientists enter into the system themselves, thus rendering their own publications openly accessible via peDOCS, scholarly literature is acquired by peDOCS subject to different co-operation models in close collaboration with renowned publishing houses. This type of acquisition assures access to edited scholarly contents that can be unanimously cited.
Authors will achieve a broad dissemination of their works by publishing on the peDOCS server. At the same time, they are represented in the domain of recognised education portals. Visibility and perception are crucial conditions to a sustainable scientific discourse and to research.
By publishing on peDOCS authors, publishers an ohter institutions support the Open Access approach, targeting the free access to scientifically relevant information.