Fast access to a large amount of data makes Internet publication attractive.
The Internet has made the worldwide procurement of information so much faster, in some cases only really possible in the first place. Our free e-publications of research results promote the worldwide exchange of information. But Open Access publication also has great advantages for scientists and scholars, because it increases the visibility of the publication and ensures greater dissemination of research results in international and interdisciplinary contexts.
The Special Thing about Us Is
diversity: university papers, conference contributions, essays, documentations, videos, posters.
that we promote the full texts both via our German and English newsletters and the homepage of our website and archive them in our annual report.
that our authors retain access to their data sets so that they can correct any errors themselves.
that further publications are possible at any time.
that we can make the data sets permanently citable with a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
Against "Grey Literature"
In particular, we have declared war on so-called "grey literature", i.e. specialist publications that are not commercially available, often only available in individual documents. Because nothing is more unsatisfactory than to do qualified research and then not receive adequate feedback.
Because it is uncomplicated and fast, and because we promote it in professional circles worldwide, including through our German (2,600 subscribers) and English (45 countries) newsletters.
You yourself decide whether and what you publish. We do not make our free offer dependent on academic titles. You retain access to your data sets, so that you can correct any errors yourself.
We do not edit. Since mistakes are always creeping in, we ask you to set up automatic text and grammar checking in your word processing program and also have someone proofread. It would be a pity if, due to careless errors, your work did not receive the attention it deserves.
With a DOI from us, your data sets will be more easily searchable and accepted by many scientific journals as a source reference, i.e. you can, for example, write an easily readable scientific article and publish the extensive references as e-publishing.
You should not ask us for a DOI if you are unsure whether you want to withdraw it later, whether you want to publish it elsewhere or if you are unsure whether you know the right author when you see an image.
Since direct access to a digital object is secured via the DOI and, in addition, all important information is contained in the stored metadata, proof can be limited to the essentials:
author or originator
if applicable type of resource
year of publication
For example: Tina Bielefeld: Investigation of selected synthetic resins for the consolidation and fixation of differently preserved paint layers and their limestone support, diploma thesis at the HAWK Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen, Hildesheim, 2015, doi:10.5165/hawk-hhg/94
The Horneman Institute does not edit the texts. But the university papers were edited by the two reviewers before publication and the project reports (e.g. of the DBU) were agreed upon beforehand in the interdisciplinary teams. There is no formal editing because we give the author a free hand with regard to layout and citation methods.