What is a repository?

A repository serves the publication, the proof and the long-term archiving of documents from science and economy. The repository of the FID move is a subject-specific repository, i.e. the contents are thematically bundled. This means that all documents that are thematically related to mobility and transport research can be stored in the repository and thus be made freely accessible.


What are the advantages of the repository?
  •     Worldwide availability of full texts
  •     Long-term archiving
  •     Citeability through constant WWW address
  •     Extensive research possibilities
  •     Fast availability on the net
  •     Proof of documents in library catalogs and search engines


On what basis is the repository operated?

The repository of the FID move is based on the Saxon document and publication server Qucosa. Qucosa is operated by the Saxon State and University Library Dresden. It is used for the free publication, verification and long-term archiving of electronic documents and is part of the international Open Access movement.




How can I publish texts in the FID move repository?

You can send your publication via upload using the input assistant or submit it on CD-ROM. If your publication has already been published on the Internet, please send us the exact URL.


Which data format do I have to submit?

Please submit your document in PDF format. In addition to the PDF format, we will gladly accept the original file(s) created in the word processor, e.g. *.doc or *.tex and the formats *.ps or *.dvi.


What is metadata?

Metadata is structured data that is used to describe an information resource to make it more discoverable by search engines. Metadata provides basic information about a document, such as author, title, or time of publication.


What should I submit?

For electronic publication you need


  •     the electronic version in PDF format
  •     the completed and signed consent form for electronic publishing in the FID move repository
  •     metadata


Please submit the metadata using the submission wizard. The submission of the metadata is at the same time the registration for publication. The registration does not imply any claim to online publication of the document.


Which publications can be published?

A wide variety of publications can be published in the repository. The following document types are available:


  •     Article
  •     Article from a journal
  •     Report
    •     Textual material that cannot be allocated elsewhere - reports, external research reports, internal reports, communications, statistical reports, project completion reports, technical documentation, instructions. Excludes conference reports
  •     Book
  •     Dissertation
  •     Research Report
    •     Preliminary scientific or technical paper published in a series of an institution where the research takes place - also research paper, research memorandum, working paper, working paper, discussion paper
  •     Habilitation
  •     InBook
    •     Part or chapter of a book
  •     InProceedings
  •     Conference proceedings
  •     Proceedings
    •     complete conference proceedings
  •     Other publication
    •     Miscellaneous resources that are not textual - specifically for material that cannot be attributed elsewhere
  •     Lecture / Lecture
    •     Excludes conference presentations
  •     Journal / Newspaper
  •     Journal issue
  •     Volume, issue, volume of a journal or periodical


If the content of a document that has already been submitted is changed and published once again in the repository, this is regarded as a new document and thus receives a new persistent identifier (urn:nbn) - i.e. a new code by which a digital document is uniquely and permanently named.

The registration of a document does not imply any claim to its online availability. In exceptional cases, the FID move reserves the right not to release registered documents. The authors will be informed accordingly. Legal recourse is excluded.


Are publications in the repository citable?

In principle, publications in the repository are equivalent to conventional printed publications and can therefore be cited. The citability is guaranteed by a permanent, stable WWW address (urn:nbn).


Can published documents be deleted again?

Already published documents will not be deleted. Changed documents must be re-registered and receive a new Persistent Identifier.

If legal reasons are presented, access to published documents and their delivery can be blocked. The record with the metadata will continue to be displayed, but instead of full-text access, a corresponding notice of the blocking will be displayed.


How long are the publications available online?

The publications are available without any time limit and are intended for long-term archiving.


Can the "mark or copy text" functions be prevented in the delivered PDF documents? Can documents be provided with technical access and copy protection (DRM)?

For the long-term availability of published documents, it is necessary to deliver unprotected documents, i.e. documents must neither be encrypted nor password-protected and must allow printouts and copies.

This is because if data migration is required, access or password-protected documents represent a hurdle for the processing software and make long-term archiving impossible.

Therefore, in accordance with the specifications of the German National Library, we recommend the use of PDF/A as the ISO standard for the relevant document format, which was developed specifically for long-term archiving.


Use of publications in the repository


How can I search for publications in the repository?

You have various search options for publications in the repository, including:


  •     via the search module
  •     in the Southwest German Library Network SWB
  •     in the catalog of the German National Library
  •     via national and international search engines (Google Scholar, OAI service providers e.g. OAIster)


How can I read publications of the document and publication server?

The publications are provided in PDF format. To read this format you need a viewing program, for example Acrobat Reader. In some cases, corresponding programs are already available on your display device. In this case, no additional software is required.


Can publications be copied and used illegally by others?

Although publications can be copied to local computers, the same legal copyright regulations apply to electronic documents as to "conventional" publications. The risk of unlawful use of a publication is therefore no greater than for conventional publications.