Publish & Communicate

Learn how the library can help you to publish & communicate your results

The library offers support in the areas of publishing and communicating scientific results. Researchers can learn about Open Access, Research Data Management Plans, IST Austria Research Explorer, Technical Reports, Author Identifier, Data Visualization and Science 2.0 Tools.


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Open Access

Open Access – unrestricted access to scientific publications – is an ongoing trend in the scientific community. Open Access makes scientific publications and other digital material, such as research data, freely accessible via the world-wide-web. IST Austria is committed to providing unrestricted and free online access to scientific publications for all users and researchers as widely as possible. The main goal is to increase the visibility, use, and impact of research output, and thereby generate added value for the scientific community.

Learn more about Open Access on IST


Research Data

The relevance of managing and sharing research data has been growing over the years. Several research funders (e.g. EC) require research data management plans and research data to be as freely available as possible at the end of a project. Besides these requirements, there are many benefits in thinking about data management in advance.

  • Make your research easier
  • Do not drown in irrelevant stuff
  • Save data for later
  • Ensure research integrity
  • Write a data paper
  • Share your data for re-use and/or possible large scale collaborative research
  • Increase the impact of research results and get credit for it
  • Save research funds and resources by avoiding needless duplication of work
  • Enhance data security and minimize the risk of data loss

Learn more about Research Data Management Plan


IST Austria Research Explorer

IST Austria Research Explorer is the new institutional repository at IST Austria which combines the former IST PubRep, IST PubList and IST DataRep within one repository. 

It contains all publications, published research data and grants from researchers at IST Austria and supports the mission to make research at IST Austria as accessible as possible to the public. The data sets are provided with a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows persistent citation.

The system is based on the software LibreCat, which is developed by the Universities of Bielefeld, Ghent and Lund. 

Researchers affiliated with IST Austria can add publications via different import functions (e.g. using DOI, ArXiv ID or PubMed ID ) and publish their scholarly papers Open Access under the conditions of the publisher. The IST Research Explorer therefore enables researchers to meet the requirements for Open Access to the research cycle as defined by such grants and funders as the ERC Horizon 2020 or FWF.

The metadata records (except the copyright protected abstracts) are available under a CC0 license.

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Technical Reports

We provide a chronological list of technical reports created at IST Austria since 2009. These reports are published via IST Austria Research Explorer, the institutional repository of IST Austria.


Author Identifiers (ID)

An Author ID is a persistent and unique digital identifier that allows researchers to distinguish themselves from other researchers and to unambiguously link themselves to their research activity.

Learn more about Author IDs


Data Visualization

“Data Visualization” means the graphical illustration of information and data using elements like graphs, charts or maps. It makes connections and relations between certain sets of data visible and, thus, more comprehensible.
Visualization makes research efforts intellectually accessible to reader and also distinguishes the work from other research projects in the field.

The library has compiled some information and examples for visualization.


Science 2.0 Tools

Social science networks are something very useful. They can help you organize your research, papers, projects and much more. Using these platforms, you can easily coordinate your PDF’s and almost all of them can get the most important metadata to e.g. create citations quicker and easier. That’s not the only thing they can do though, they’re also great for finding people whose research interests you and people interested in yours. With these social features added it makes it much easier finding collaborators. Also, some of these networks even have forums where you can ask and answer each other’s questions and thus helping everybody get one step closer to their publication. With these two things combined, organization and community, projects are much more productive and efficient.

Learn more about Science 2.0 Tools



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