Reports / Germany

The term "research reports" refers to publications which present the results of research projects and which are not available from booksellers.  A research report may report the results of an individual project or the results of a joint project involving the participation of several institutions. Differentiation between German and foreign research reports is made on the basis of their geographical status, rather than the language factor.

Which research reports does the TIB hold in its inventory?

The TIB collects German research reports on technology and natural sciences as widely as possible. This particularly applies to those reports funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).

Currently, the TIB’s inventory holds approximately 250,000 print and 65,000 electronic final reports (as of November 2015). Each month, around 400 new electronic and 500 print reports are added.

What do I need to consider when submitting final reports to the TIB?

The TIB performs the role of a deposit library for final reports of projects funded by the BMBF. According to the ancillary provisions (BNBest-BMBF 98), users of this service are required to provide their final report to the TIB as a free, printed copy and also on an electronic storage medium. Other ministries, such as the BMWi, the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) and the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV), have taken over the ancillary provisions of the BMBF for the funding of specific areas.

Please note the following guidelines concerning the submission of final reports to the TIB.

Please be aware that if the report is accepted into the library’s inventory, it will become freely accessible. If the report (or parts thereof) is confidential, please discuss the necessary approach with the respective project manager.
There are generally two options available:

  1. You can send us the version of the report which does NOT contain the sensitive sections. 
  2. You send us the full report at the end of the retention period.

You can find helpful tips for the preparation of research reports in the Grey Literature International Steering Committee (GLISC) publication.

How do I obtain the required research report?

You will find all the research reports in GetInfo, the portal for science and technology , and in the TIB/UB’s catalogue. The electronic research reports are freely accessible, the printed versions can be ordered online.

If there is a research report you cannot find, please ask us, we will be pleased to help.

Where can I get more help?

Should you have any questions relating to the German research reports, please contact:

Mrs. Elzbieta Gabrys-Deutscher (Dr.-Ing.)

German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB)
Postfach 6080,
D-30060 Hannover
Telephone: +49 (0)511 / 762 - 34 24
Fax: +49 (0)511 / 762 - 40 76
E-mail: Elzbieta.Gabrys(at)