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About EconStor

EconStor is the new Open Access server of the German National Library of Economics – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics. EconStor provides a basis for the free publication of academic literature in economics. Any research facility wishing to publish and permanently preserve relevant publications in economics under the terms of Open Access can do so on EconStor.

EconStor offers a full service for entire working paper series and e-journals. This includes the uploading of PDF files as well as the processing of all corresponding title data such as abstracts, keywords and JEL codes.

Scholars have the option of self-archiving their so-called postprints (free author’s versions of articles from publishers’ journals) to make them accessible. At "Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving (SHERPA/RoMEO database)" authors can find out whether a publisher permits parallel, free publication of previously published articles as postprints on EconStor.

The following types of documents can be published on EconStor:

  • Working and discussion papers
  • Articles from journals and edited volumes (as postprints)
  • Conference proceedings
  • Dissertations, habilitations and theses
  • Research reports and expert opinions
  • Books and festschriften
  • Complete issues of journals

If your institution produces scholarly documents on a regular basis and also offers them for download on its website, you can archive them permanently and safely on EconStor via fixed and stable links. Departments publishing their own series can also store these on EconStor. If you are a co-editor of an online journal, we can provide the archiving for all issues of your journal. In particular we are interested in publishing and archiving theses. Individual authors are welcome to self-publish on EconStor and are requested to contact:

However, there is no legal claim to publication.

EconStor currently provides access to working papers from approx. 100 institutions. Among these are the six top-rated German economic research institutes (Kiel Institute for the World Economy, DIW Berlin etc.) and the Deutsche Bundesbank. Further information