Publishing on MACAU

You may submit the following types of publications to MACAU:

  • books including those which are not published commercially (so called „grey literature“)
  • scholarly articles from other archive servers or journals
  • book chapters published in compilations (i. e. books with chapters each written by different authors)
  • conference proceedings
  • PhD theses

General informationen

For the time being, MACAU does not accept documents for transient archiving service such as newspaper articles, event reports, projects and similar items. Nor does MACAU accept bachelor or master degree theses or publications with less than two pages. Items that derive from editorial engagements for journals and serials as well as prefaces or peer reviews are not subject to publication on MACAU either.

To submit a PhD thesis or any other publication you need to authenticate yourself based on your personal account from the Kiel University Data Center (STU-number bzw. employee account). If you don't have any account, you may also register for a local user account. If you need any help, please refer to the address displayed on the Contant page.

If you want to submit a PhD thesis please select the menu button "Publish" -> "Publish dissertation" and follow the provided information. To submit any other publication please select the menu bottong "Publish" -> "Publish publication".

If your document is published for the first time on MACAU you are still granted any copyright.

If your document is published for the second time, you will need to clarify copyright terms: most of the publishing houses do accept self-archiving on institutional repositories (IR) or personal web pages. Nevertheless this is often subject to embargo periods to comply with: your first published version will affect an embargo period on the second Open Access publication.

Please refer to SHERPA/RoMEO to find out details on publishing policies for the different journal titles and publishing houses. As a last consequence it is your personal contract with the publishing house that sets out terms of copyright.

If your document is a joint publication, you will need each author's consent for a second publication on MACAU.

You will find further information on the left side at "Questions and answers".

After successful login please enter the data of your document such as title, author, abstract. After saving the data, please upload your PDF-file as a full unlocked version without any encryption or digital rights management mechanisms.

Please note that the document that you have uploaded will not be published immediately. Please click on the button indicated in order to initiate further steps by the Library. You will receive a publication agreement for a single work submitted to the Library. Please print out the agreement, fill out the form and sign the document. The completed contract needs to be handed over or sent to the Library. The duly signed and completed contract entitles the Library the right of use for your online publication.

After submission of your publication the library staff will check file conformity. Your document, once uploaded to MACAU, can be retrieved and searched and it will be available in various catalogues and search engines on the internet.

In addition to that we offer you the possibility to protect your works by Creative Commons copyright-licences. URLs to access Creative Common licences are given at the bottom of the page for each contract. For general information please see:

Until you finally hand over your document to the Library, you may still make changes and corrections to it. After you have passed on your document to the Library, only library staff will have access to it. Please note that from the moment onward your document is published on MACAU there will be no possibility to make any modifications to it. In case the document needs revision, you will be kindly asked to submit a second version.

The University Library will permanently store your document. To ensure long-term preservation, it may hand the document over to another archival service partner or carry out technical modifications (such as changes to the file format). Dissemination of deposited objects worldwide is guaranteed via standardised computer interfaces.