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Central RDM Services at the RWTH: RWTH Publications

June 6th, 2024 | by
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This article is part of our series “Central RDM Services at RWTH Aachen“. It is intended to show our researchers – i.e. you – which RDM services are offered at RWTH Aachen University to support you in your research and data management. We talk to the people responsible for the services and collect all the information for you in the individual articles. In this article, we would like to introduce you to the RDM service “RWTH Publications for research data”.




Important Facts

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Source: University Library RWTH Aachen University

  • Official name of the service: RWTH Publications for Research Data
  • Link to the service homepage:
  • Target audience: Members of RWTH Aachen University
  • Type: Institutional repository
  • For research data at RWTH Aachen University since 2016


Example of an RWTH Publications Usage Scenario for Research Data

A researcher would like to make his or her data publicly available for re-use. It should be noted that the data published for re-use must be finalized.

In general, research results become more visible when data is published and cited. This promotes scientific reputation.

It also enables other researchers to access relevant data and check whether it offers added value for their own study. In this way, research results can be better utilized through integration and re-analysis. Publishing research data may even lead to new collaborations.

If you do not (yet) wish to publish, you can use RWTH Publications to reference archived data. This is very suitable for dissertations, for example.


Description: What Does RWTH Publications Do?

RWTH Publications is the institutional repository of RWTH Aachen University. You can publish your research results there as dissertations, reports, preprints or conference proceedings. In addition, all RWTH publications are documented.

Since 2016, you can also publish your research data in RWTH Publications. The RDM service enables members of RWTH Aachen University to make their research data permanently and free of charge publicly available., This increases the visibility of research results and improves the transfer of knowledge..

All publications in RWTH Publications are permanently available and can be cited via DOI.


Who Is Entitled to Use RWTH Publications?

The publication of research data on RWTH Publications is restricted to members of RWTH Aachen University. Detailed information can be found in the guidelines for working with RWTH Publications.

The reuse of published content is open to all interested parties, whether internal or external. The standardized metadata of all publications are delivered to many databases, e.g. Base and OpenAIRE.


Sustainability: Where Is the Data Stored, How Is It Backed Up and How Long Can the Service Be Used?

RWTH Publications is operated by the RWTH University Library. It is also registered with DataCite as the DOI allocation office for RWTH. The infrastructure of the IT Center is used for data storage. The published research data is permanently available. Published data can no longer be changed or deleted.


Context to the Bigger Picture: What Purpose Does RWTH Publications Fulfill in Modern Scientific Practice? What Function Does RWTH Publications Fulfill in Modern Knowledge Management?

RWTH Publications enables the dissemination and re-use of research data for RWTH scientists. The published research data is available to everyone in the long term and represents great added value in terms of expanding the boundaries of knowledge and advancing the research community as a whole.


More Information

Further information can be found in the guidelines for working with RWTH Publications.

If you have any questions, please contact our Servicedesk with the subject “RWTH Publications”: We will be happy to help you.

The information was kindly provided to us by Stephan von der Ropp, the RWTH Publications contact person responsible for research data.

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