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We put an end to shrink-wrapping!

In the interest of plastic avoidance and environmental protection, we will from now on refrain from having our books individually shrink-wrapped in foil. We thank you for your understanding.

The kassel university press (kup) is the in-house publishing centre at the University of Kassel and is part of the University Library’s Open Access service. Quality-approved academic publications written by Kassel academics are published here. In addition to online publication, which is freely available via our KOBRA publication server around the world (Open Access), the kup also provides high-quality print-on-demand prints. The range of services at the publishing house matches the range of disciplines at the University of Kassel.

kassel university press
Diagonale 10
34127 Kassel

Contact: Susanne Schneider, phone: +49561 804-2987
Management: Arvid Deppe, phone: +49561 804-2470

The Publication Service

The services at kassel university press are available for the academic personnel at the University of Kassel. Publications by external authors may be accepted in the publishing house programme, if they are clearly related to the university or of interest to the university. The university publishing house can also work for the central institutions at the university and the university administration departments. 

Titles are always published as freely available Open Access publications at kassel university press. If nothing different has been agreed, the electronic edition will be made available to the public under the Creative Commons License CC BY SA 4.0 (Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 under the same conditions). Alongside the online version a printed version can be published, but charges are incurred for this. This is made available via a print-on-demand service provider and can then be purchased through a book shop.

The publishing house services cover:

  • Advice in drawing up an ideal publication strategy and organising the process of assessing the content for the publication.
  • The formal checks on incoming manuscripts, processing the author’s PDF file for publication and organising the production of the physical media (e.g. printing).
  • The Open Access publication of the works and long-term archiving, reporting the publication to the German National Library and including it in the Verzeichnis Lieferbarer Bücher. Printed works are available  for at least five years and electronic versions for at least 15 years.
  • Forwarding it to aggregators (e.g. WorldCat, OAPEN, DOAB), supplying the stationary and Online book trade.

Third-party services providers are arranged for any services that go beyond these (e.g. proof-reading, formatting, editing, language editing, translation, special cover designs), if necessary; these services are agreed with the users and charged for separately.

Please note that we can only offer a limited range of bindings, types of paper and cover versions because we are a small university publishing house. Our products are printed digitally and there is a quality difference between this and classic offset printing.

The kup university publishing house practises an author-friendly rights policy. The authors grant the publishing house:

  • the simple, unlimited usage right to duplicate and circulate the work in printed form as a book
  • the simple, unlimited usage right to make available the publication online free of charge

The copyright of the work remains with the author. The author’s right to publish the work in some other way is not affected by transferring the simple, i.e. non-exclusive usage right to the University of Kassel.

If you are interested in a publication project, an individual quotation is drawn up. This normally contains a general publishing house fee and the printing costs (print-on-demand).

Note: You can also use our costing tool to query the costs yourself at any time, providing the relevant information.

  • The general publishing house fee covers simple typesetting checks, processing the work for online availability and the POD print (including a standard cover) for the work, registering the work at relevant service providers (VLB, OAPEN, DOAB etc.), allocating an ISBN and DOI and organising the legal deposit (German National Library, Hesse, the Thesis Office, if necessary).
  • The graphic fee (currently 50,- € net) initially covers the simple adaptation of an existing cover. The fee increases, for example, for subsequent corrections (+ 30,- €) or if the cover contains pictures (+ 30,- €). For completely customised covers, the invoice from our external graphic designers is charged to the authors.
  • The author is responsible for the printing costs. In addition to the copies that the author requires, the following must be paid for: 
    • author’s copies for personal use
    • 2 compulsory copies to the German National Library
    • 2 publishing house copies
    • For theses: 6 copies for the Thesis Office
      As all the publications are made available free of charge via the KOBRA publication server, no real books are necessary as obligatory PhD copies. Alternatively, three printed copies and a quotable Internet address can be provided according to Section 16 Para. 3 e) of the PhD Degree Regulations.
  • Outside services can be arranged for other services like professional typesetting, a specific layout, an individual cover design, proofreading, copy editing, translation etc., on request.

Authors must provide kup with a printable PDF file. The following formal specifications must be followed:

You have normally formatted your file in the DIN A4 layout. Even if the final format of the book is to be smaller, you can hand in the file with the DIN A4 layout. Its size is then reduced in the printing shop. If this is the case, please note that the Font size, tables and figures are large enough so that they can still be read after their size has been reduced. 

Initial format DIN A4 Book format 17 x 24 cm  Standard text at least 12 pt
Tables at least 10 pt
Initial format DIN A4 Book format DIN A5Standard text at least 13 pt
Tables at least 11 pt
Initial format = final formatFiles that are already formatted in their final layout, must contain appropriately smaller fonts.



  • The text must be supplied as a PDF file. Convert your file into press quality. The fonts used should be included in the PDF file as far as possible. Not all programmes for preparing PDF files can do this and you need to set the correct option for this first. In exceptional cases, we will also accept Word files. However, they require extensive reworking and this must be agreed in advance.
  • Please take the following into account when numbering pages: the first pages (title page and legal notice) are prepared by the publishing house. In the case of a monograph, your text starts on page 3 – and on page 5 for series publications.
  • Set up the page numbers for double-sided printing. If the page numbers are at the outsides, then they must be on the left outside for left-hand (even) pages and on the right-hand outside for right (odd) pages. Or you can have the page numbers centred as an alternative.
  • Continuous text is formatted as fully justified. The fully justified text often creates unattractive gaps. Please add hyphens to your text, if this is the case. Ideally, you should use soft hyphens (key combination: control and minus sign).­
  • The line spacing should not be single line and not 1.5 either because of legibility, otherwise the text will look like a draft version. Cf. detailed recommendations below.
  • In the case of graphics, please note that the lines are not too faint. They may be eroded in printing, as the text is screened. The same applies to fonts, particularly with texts that are prepared using LaTeX. Images should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, graphics 600 dpi. Make sure that you have distinguishable colours, in the shades of grey too.
  • Please consider the copyright for any graphics and illustrations that you use, as the publishing house cannot assume any liability here.
  • Guidelines for drawing up fully accessible documents at the University of Kassel (German only)
  • Detailed version of the format specifications (German only)

AG Universitätsverlage

kassel university press is a member of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Universitätsverlage. The working group is an association of institutional publication service providers in German speaking countries, which support open science. All members are connected to an academic institution and offer professional publishing services. The  membership criteria include especially quality assurance according to scientific standards and the support of Open Access.