Secondary publications at the MLU

Secondary Publication means archiving and accessing already published, peer-reviewed research works as parallel publication (Green Open Access) on document servers (repositories). It aims at improving the accessibility of publications that could not be originally published in Open Access mode.


The ULB provides you with an option to submit your works as secondary publication to our institutional repository Share_it. Apart from institutional repositories, a subject-specific repository may be the right choice to upload and distribute your secondary publications – you can find an overview at OpenDOAR.


The right for a secondary publication is reserved to you as author of the publication. Whether – and in what form – a secondary publication is possible may differ from publisher to publisher. You can find an overview on different publisher policies at SHERPA/ROMEO.


When publishing in German publishers, the right to secondary publication is granted via §38, section 4 of the copyright law. Research publications stemming from research projects which have been at least 50% funded by public funds may be re-published as secondary publications regardless of any restrictions imposed by the publishers’ contracts with the authors.


If you are uncertain about your second-publication rights, the Open Science Team will be happy to help.


If you report your publication(s) via the upload form for the university bibliography, you’ll receive a mail with information on secondary publishing as well as the deposit license for Share_it. Your next stepts are:


  • Uploading the publisher’s PDF, your manuscript version, etc. to Share_it
  • submitting the deposit license

Our repository manager will conduct checks and proceed to publish your document, possibly after an embargo.