Max Planck Private Law Research Paper Series
Since 2010, the Max Planck Institute for Comparative & International Private Law Research Paper Series (RPS) has appeared online as part of the Legal Scholarship Network of the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). Pursuant to Institute guidelines, the series makes available articles that have been recently authored by Institute staff members and accepted for print publication in journals or edited volumes (Accepted Paper Series). The Research Paper Series thus reflects the broad spectrum of topics and publication bodies that Institute staff are involved with. The RPS editorial team at the Institute (Christian Eckl, David Schröder-Micheel and Andrea Jahnke) gather the articles in question and prepare them for in-house online publication in the format developed for this purpose. Articles are also compiled in eJournals, which SSRN then sends per e-mail to the more than 3,700 subscribers to the series. Within the framework of what is permitted by copyright, the stated aim is to make the maximum number of current employee publications available at no charge to the public at the earliest possible time (green open access). Towards this end, individual agreements or framework agreements are entered into with publishers regarding the secondary publication rights of Institute staff members.
Information on the editorial office
With the publication of the “Max Planck Institute for Comparative & International Private Law Research Paper Series” (in short form the “Max Planck Private Law RPS”), the Institute is following the goal of open access strived for by the Max Planck Society, according to which research findings should be made readily available to the general public in a timely fashion over the internet at no cost. Such a step will simultaneously serve to raise awareness as to the specific research activities undertaken by the Institute.
The series includes journal articles and entries in collective volumes that have been authored by Institute staff members in areas of Institute research and which have already been accepted by a publishing house for release in print (Accepted Paper Series).
Depending on the specific copyright issues at hand, the initial publication of a submission (a full-length text accepted for publication) occurs solely as a preprint version. It is however the goal to have all contributions made available as early as possible in print-identical versions (so-called postprint versions) which will then become a permanent part of the RPS.
In addition, the Institute releases an eJournal featuring current contributions to the RPS. The eJournal appears several times each year and is available to the public at no cost over the Internet and through e-mail subscription.
The details are laid down in the Guidelines for the Max Planck Private Law Research Paper Series.