Due to national licenses of the German Research Foundation (DFG) we are able to provide access to so-called backfiles of various journals on a broad range of subjects.

When starting a search in ALBERT some subjects are set as standard (see below). These can be extended by other subjects temporarily or permanently.

Follow these steps to extend the search space:

  1. Go to "Settings".
  2. Choose further subjects by clicking the corresponding box.
  3. Click on "Save changes".

All following searches of the session will be based upon this selection.

If you want to use this selection permanently, please click "Permalink" after saving and keep the link as bookmark in your browser.

  • Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Fishery, Domestic Science, Nutrition
  • Architecture, Civil Engineering, Surveying
  • Biology
  • Chemistry and Pharmacology
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering, Measurement and Control Technology
  • Energy, Environment Protection, Nuclear Power Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geosciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics
  • Natural Sciences in General
  • Nature of Science, Research, Systems of Higher Education, Museum Science
  • Physics
  • Technology

Tipps for Authors

The procedure of electronic publication:

Generally applies: Printing costs are charged to the section!

  • Place an e.biss order (Form "Publication costs")
  • The library will retrieve offers from the printing shop.
  • Please note: Usually the library receives 60 copies to share with other libraries!

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and URN (Uniform Resource Name) are so-called persistent identifiers that make electronic objects uniquely distinguishable. Each DOI name is a unique sequence of alphanumeric characters consisting of two parts, the prefix and the suffix:

Suffix: GFZ.B103-12066

A DOI/URN always remains the same and is linked permanently to the object/document. When moving to another server, i. e. another URL, the DOI/URN designation is retained. Therefore those are excellent for the citation of the document.

Due to the broad use in journals the DOI became a quasi-standard in electronic publication.


With the help of resolving systems currently valid web addresses (URLs) can be approached. Thus the document can always be found.

DOI-Resolver (or type ahead of the DOI)

URN-Resolver (or type ahead of the URN)

A collection of tools, e. g. to integrate a DOI resolver into various web browser

DOI Citation Formatter (CrossCite)
A tool to output different citation formats based on the DOI

Preprint (also Submitted Version, Submitted Manuscript): article version before Peer Review

Postprint (also Final Draft, Accepted [Author] Manuscript): article version after Peer Review but before typesetting

Publisher's version (also Publisher's PDF, Version of Record): finally published article

Document Delivery

Usually article orders need 1 working day and book orders about 7-10 working days until arriving. Exact information on the delivery time unfortunately is not possible as there are different factors effecting the processing time (e. g. book borrowed, book not lendable, magazine at the bookbinder's etc.).


You will always receive a printed copy at your internal address. In most cases, we will also provide you with the digital copy in PDF format. You will receive a corresponding note by e-mail and on the cover page of the printed copy.


The library bears the costs for document delivery!

Depending on the sources we order from, there will be different costs. Common delivery systems charge € 7,50 to € 9 per article or book chapter and € 9 for a book order. If we have to use publishers' pay per view instead of interlibrary loan, the prices vary between € 15 and € 50.

Please return books from the interlibrary loan to the due date to prevent overdue charges from giving libraries.


The GFZ is collecting your ORCID iD so we can clearly assign your publications in our publication database GFZpublic. When clicking the "Authorize" button, you will be asked to share your iD using an authenticated process - either by registering for an ORCID iD or, if you already got one, by signing in to your ORCID account - and then granting us permission to get your ORCID iD. We do this to ensure that you are correctly identified and securely connected to your ORCID iD.

Learn more about "What's so special about signing in".

The ORCID iD-Icon (see left) next to your name on the GFZ website confirms that you alone have used your ORCID iD and that it has been authenticated. This makes it publicly visible that you are really the person who is linked to this ORCID iD and its associated works.

See "What's so special about signing in?"
(The display of the ORCID iD will be implemented step by step in different places.)

To make sure that there were no typos when entering the ORCID iD and that you are really the person behind your ORCID iD, it is necessary that you log in (authenticate) with your ORCID iD once.

See "What's so special about signing in?"

In contrast to proprietary author IDs such as ResearcherID-Publons (Clarivate Analytics) and Scopus Author ID (Elsevier), the ORCID iD is an open ID that was initiated by a non-profit organization (ORCID).

ORCID is a member-funded organization with over 1000 institutional members worldwide (universities, non-university research institutions, research funders and publishers). These members, including the GFZ, implement ORCID in their systems so that their researchers can directly benefit from the ORCID advantages (e. g.) prefilled forms). In contrast to its proprietary counterparts, the ORCID iD is system-wide compatible (e. g. for publishers, scientific institutions, research funders) and thus an ID for many applications (see "Where and when do I use my ORCID iD?").

In addition, the ORCID iD can be linked to the ResearcherID-Publons (Tutorial) and Scopus Author ID (Tutorial).

Advantages for Publishing

  • The registration is free of charge and the allocation does not depend on publishing products.
  • Unique assignment of own publications independent of name frequency or different spelling variants of the name
  • Lifelong validity of the ORCID iD, also in case of name change, change of employer or research field
  • The ORCID iD is independent of publication form and media type.
  • A privacy setting allows you to adjust the visibility of each entry.
  • Saves time as form fields are prefilled with information stored in the ORCID record when submitting manuscripts.
  • Up-to-date overview of all own publications thanks to synchronization with international databases (Web of Science, Scopus ...)
  • Time saving through automatic updating of the publication list, if it is approved for "Trusted Parties" (e. g. own research institution, CrossRef, DataCite etc.).
  • If you specify an ORCID iD in your publications and this is transferred to the bibliographic data of literature databases, all the publications you have published will be found during a literature search and actually attributed to you. In addition, you make sure that all publications in the database are included in the calculation of bibliometric indicators such as citation numbers or h-index.

Advantages for Research Funding

  • Presentation of your research performance at a glance
  • Easier communication with funders when your ORCID iD is stated in applications and research reports

Advantages in Everyday Scientific Life

  • Use your ORCID iD at conferences, in E-Mail traffic and scientific communication: Clear presentation of all professional achievements in your ORCID record - from text, research data and research software publications to affiliations, educational qualifications, memberships in professional societies and review activities.

You decide which information of your ORCID record should be visible to whom and thus retain full control. Only your ORCID iD is always publicly visible.

Decide for yourself who - as a trusted organization or person (e. g. your own research institution, CrossRef, DataCite, publishers, etc.) - receives rights to access your ORCID record and update your data. Once assigned, rights can be modified or revoked at any time (see Data Protection).

Data Protection

A legal review commissioned by the ORCID DE project has examined data protection aspects of ORCID with the following conclusion:

"The legal review of data protection of ORCID did not find any serious deficiencies. [...] Through its conception as a user-controlled identity management system, users of the portal can view and control at any time which data is processed how on the platform and who has access to the data and when."(Translated from Schallaböck, Jan/Grafenstein, Max von (2017): ORCID aus datenschutzrechtlicher Sicht. Gutachten im Auftrag des von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) geförderten Projektes ORCID DE zur Förderung der Open Researcher and Contributor iD in Deutschland, Berlin, S. 49, URL:

  • When registering with ORCID (, you will automatically be assigned an ORCID iD free of charge.
    If you are not sure if you already have an ORCID iD, you can search the directory for your name first.
  • When registering, enter all the spelling of your name. Also remember your birth name if necessary.
  • Add so-called "Trusted Parties" (e. g. your own research institution, CrossRef, DataCite, publishers, etc.) to enable data exchange between platforms and your record. Doing so new publications will be automatically added to your ORCID record without you or your institution having manually enter them into your ORCID record.
  • For everyday use: The more information you add to your ORCID record, the easier it will be to communicate with the ORCID iD!

You can use your ORCID iD in all your scientific activities, including

  • when communicating with publishers (e. g. submitting a manuscript)
  • in contact with funding bodies (e. g. submission of an application for funding)
  • when signing in on internal and external systems (e. g. own research institution, CrossRef, DataCite, etc.)

The use of ORCID is recommended in the Open Access Strategy of the State of Brandenburg:

„Researchers in the state of Brandenburg are encouraged to use author identifiers in order to clearly link themselves and their publications and thus increase the visibility of their results. We highly recommend the Open Researcher and Contributor iD (ORCiD), which - when integrated into their systems - enables libraries to support researchers."

Since 2016, the German Research Foundation (DFG) has supported the dissemination of ORCID in Germany with the three-year project "ORCID DE - Promotion of Open Researcher and Contributor ID in Germany" (project application: DOI 10.2312/lis.16.01).

The project aims on providing organisational, legal and technical support for the implementation of the ORCID iD at universities and non-university research institutions in Germany. In particular, ORCID iD should be introduced in Open Access repositories and Open Access publication services. Another goal of the project is the integration of the ORCID iD with the Integrated Authority File (GND) and thus the integration of ORCID into library systems for author identification. A legal review on data protection at ORCID commissioned by the ORCID DE project partners has already been published (see "What Rights do I have?").

Project partners of ORCID DE are the Helmholtz Open Science Office at the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, the German National Library and the Bielefeld University Library. The project was initiated by the German Initiative for Networked Information (DINI).