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Most often, full text access to a specific article is required.
You can check via the Electronic Journals Library (EZB) Heidelberg or our online catalogue whether the volume you are looking for is licensed or freely available and, if necessary, get access via the homepages of the journals - see E-Journals below.
Alternatively, you can use our "Check full text" service via article databases such as PubMed for article-specific access or ordering.

You can keep track of new articles in your subject area by subscribing to current articles  of an e-journal.

As an author, you select a journal for the submission of a publication. Several journal ranking databases are available for selection.


Heidelberg University Library offers online access to the full texts of more than 100,000 e-journals in all subject areas, including about 25,000 titles from the fields of medicine and the natural sciences:

  • Some of the e-journals are freely accessible to all users worldwide (open access).
  • Some of the e-journals are licensed with campus licenses for the University of Heidelberg and are only accessible to faculty members or via the computers in the library.


    • Sometimes not all volumes of a journal are licensed; please note the license periods when using them.
    • E-journal issues are often accessible earlier than the parallel printed issue; in addition, the journal may contain articles that are only available online (e-only) or in advance (articles in press, epubs ahead of print).

    Search for E-Journals

    EZB Heidelberg

    The EZB Heidelberg  (Electronic Journals Library Heidelberg) lists freely accessible, licensed and unlicensed e-journals of all subject areas and, if necessary, allows access to the full texts of the articles via the homepages of the journals. There you can click on the desired volume > issue > article or use the search function.


      • At the EZB Heidelberg you search for journal titles, not for individual articles.
      • Full-text access to licensed titles is only possible for authorized persons.
      • EZB assistance


      If the search with title words produces too many hits, you can select the field Start of title in the advanced search. A-Z browsing within a subject area (medicine, biology, ...) is also possible. Journals are thematically indexed, but since there is no list in the EZB, we have created a page with linked medical fields.

      The access options to full texts are indicated by traffic light colors (see screenshot).

      By clicking on the traffic light display in the hit list, you will be taken directly to the journal's homepage (except for yellow-red). If you click on the title, the detailed display will show information on the license or access period or on the publisher and ISSN (International Standard Serial Number, 8 digits).

      If several linked license periods are displayed due to different license agreements (see screenshot for Cell), the links to the journal homepage are identical.

      Note: If in rare cases licensed journals are not accessible  for our faculty but only for the Heidelberg faculty, this will be displayed after clicking on the full text link.

      Online Catalogue

      Our online catalogue lists the freely accessible and licensed e-journals in the fields of medicine, biology, chemistry & pharmacy, physics, psychology and computer science.

      Note: In our online catalogue you search for journal titles, not for individual articles!

      Restrict the search to journals:



      before the search via the box "Filter by media type", after the search via the box "Change search query".

      Full text links:

      The green links "Online available" in the hit list or the "fulltext link" in the detailed view (“more title information”) lead to the full texts of the articles via the start pages of the journals.

      License periods:

      Please pay attention to the e-journal info box
      on the detail page


      the information relating to the
      licence period (in German):

      No matching license period or no hit?

        • If the volumes you are looking for are not licensed, you will see the tables of contents of the issues and usually the abstracts of the articles on the publisher's website.
        • You can search the online catalogue to find out whether we own the desired volume in print.
        • If we do not have the journal or volume you are looking for, either electronically or in print, you can order the article you need via the Document Delivery Service (LLD).

        Note: Only faculty members have access to licensed e-journals from outside the faculty network (i.e. also from the hospital network) via personal library identification.

        E-journals freely accessible in the hospital network

        Journals that are only licensed by the Mannheim Medical Faculty are freely available in the hospital network via the following URL: .

        Usually the articles of the current issue are displayed with a direct link to the full text on the publisher's website. In  some cases you can only get to the publisher's website via the links "Website > Jump to URL".

        Print journals

        We now subscribe to only a few medical print journals (<50), some of which are only available in the UMM clinics and institutes.

        Our printed journals are listed in the online catalogue, please pay attention to the info box "Printed journal" in the detailed display of a journal (see screenshots).











        Journals are generally not borrowable.

        The journal volumes, which are usually bound annually, are freely accessible* in the rear section of the main library from the year 1995 onwards, or in institute and clinic libraries for local staff.
        They are sorted by signatures consisting of the abbreviations Kl Zs or St Zs + a consecutive number, for example St Zs 217.

        * Journal articles from our own printed holdings can usually be ordered via the Document Delivery Service. (Exception: Students of our faculty are kindly requested to copy or scan the freely accessible holdings of the main library from the year 1995 onwards themselves).

        HEIDI contains the journal holdings of the entire university, including our holdings.

        Open Access

        Open Access - The free access to scientific information


        Open Access at the University of Heidelberg

        Open Access publishing with major scientific publishers

        Publisher Wiley

        As a result of the nationwide so-called DEAL negotiations with the largest commercial scientific publishers, authors who have an employment contract with the faculty or are registered doctoral students/students can publish in subscription journals with a hybrid Open Access option from the publisher Wiley without additional costs until further notice (so-called "Wiley Online Open"). There is a 20% discount on publication fees in pure Open Access journals ("Gold Open Access"). Authors will be invoiced for publication costs via the University Library. Further information can be found at: (in German).

        If you have any questions, please contact .

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