Guide to Legal Issues in Open Science

Hamburg University Press publishes second revised edition with plenty of additions

The many aspects of open science - including open access, open peer review and open source - raise a multitude of legal questions. There is a great deal of interest in finding answers to these in the scientific community as well as in the open science community. This is taken into account with the second, completely revised edition of the guide Legal Issues in Open Science (German only), which has now been published by Hamburg University Press.

The work is divided into two parts: The systematic treatise in the first part puts together the legal framework for Open Science. Additions to the new edition are the texts on open source and research software. In the second part, concrete legal questions from universities and libraries are answered in a practical way. The second part of the revised edition has been expanded to include, among other things, numerous FAQs from the open science community on legal topics.

The guide's authors are Dr. Till Kreutzer, partner at the law firm iRights.Law, and his research assistant Henning Lahmann. This second, completely revised and expanded edition was produced in collaboration with Dr. Ina Kaulen, Hamburg State and University Library Carl von Ossietzky. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC-BY 4.0) licence and can be downloaded free of charge at:

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