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OLEcon -
for a sustainable funding of your journal

Open Library Economics (OLEcon) is an initiative of the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics.

Open Library Economics supports non-commercial Diamond Open Access for journals in economics and business studies.

Diamant Open Access

— no fees for authors (article processing charges / APCs) and
— no fees for readers (paywall).

OLEcon offers support for setting up a sustainable alternative funding for your journal through a consortium of libraries.

Returning scholarly journals into the hands of science.

This is also called scholar-led Open Access.

It means that the rights to a journal title and thus the decision-making authority on all matters regarding the journal rest with the editors. In some cases, the rights to a journal title are owned by a commercial publisher. OLEcon supports editors in the negotiations to regain these title rights.

With these goals, OLEcon puts into practice two key demands of current science policy:

1. strengthening non-commercial infrastructures
2. Open Access without fees for researchers and readers.

Why Open Access with OLEcon?

More visibility

Open Access journals are more visible than journals behind paywalls. Articles can be linked or shared without access issues.

More innovative

More and more research funding agencies demand that research findings resulting from their funding must be published in Open Access (see the initiative Plan S). An Open Access business model gives an advantage to journals in the competition for submissions.

More attractive for authors

Journals published in Diamond Open Access are more attractive for authors since they don’t have to pay article processing charges. This is also shown by the experience of Wirtschaftsdienst and Intereconomics (journals edited by the ZBW): page views and submissions increased after the change to Open Access.


OLEcon journals are scholar-led. Therefore, the editors can act and make decisions independently of commercial publishing houses.


Newly supported by OLEcon


European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies
Edited by Professor Torsten Niechoj (Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, Germany), Professor Eckhard Hein (Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany), Professor Marc Lavoie (University of Paris 13, France and University of Ottawa, Canada), Associate Professor Gennaro Zezza (University of Cassino, Italy and Levy Economics Institute at Bard College, USA)

“European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies” (EJEEP) is an economics journal which serves as a forum for studies of macro-economic theory, economic institutions and economic policies. Its first issue in Open Access was published in June 2023.

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German Journal of Agricultural Economics (GJAE)
As of now, the ZBW supports the Open Access transformation of GJAE. The journal will be published in Diamond Open Access starting with the issue 01/2024.

GJAE is edited by Professor Sebastian Hess (University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart), Professor Silke Hüttel (University of Göttingen) and Professor Martin Odening (Humboldt University Berlin), in cooperation with GEWISOLA (German Society for Economic and Social Sciences of Agriculture).

German Journal of Agricultural Economics (GJAE) serves as platform for scholarly and innovative work in the field of agricultural and food economics and related disciplines.

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