The Publication Fund provides financial support for the publication of research results in original Open Access journals (so-called Gold Open Access Journals).
The University of Freiburg has been running a funding programme for Open Access publications since 2011. Until 2019, the publication fund was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). After the end of DFG funding, the programme will continue at the University through self-financing and with the support of the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts (MWK). This year, funds totalling around EUR 541,000 are available for this purpose. Of this amount, 141,000 EUR will be provided by the MWK. The Faculty of Medicine contributes EUR 70,000 per year, with the remaining amount being provided from the budget of the University Library.
According to the specifications of the Rectorate of the University, the DFG and the MWK, the following general conditions must be met:
You can find the application form here.
The aim of Projekt DEAL, initiated and financed by the Alliance of German Science Organisations and run under the leadership of the German Rectors' Conference, is to conclude Germany-wide licence agreements with the world's largest science publishers Elsevier, Springer Nature and Wiley for the entire portfolio of electronic journals (e-journals). Project DEAL negotiates on behalf of more than 700 scientific institutions in Germany. The DEAL contracts are intended to improve access to scientific literature for the scientific community on a broad and sustainable basis and to accelerate the transformation to open access publishing. DEAL contracts have so far been concluded with the publishers Wiley and Springer Nature.
With the signing of the declaration of participation in the DEAL contract with Wiley, the University of Freiburg has joined the first major contract with the aim of transforming scientific publishing towards Open Access. The contract has an initial term of three years (2019-2021) and offers the following advantages:
By signing the declaration of participation in the DEAL agreement with Springer Nature, the University of Freiburg has joined the world's largest Open Access transformation agreement to date. The contract has an initial term of three years (2020-2022) and offers the following advantages:
When submitting your article as a Corresponding, Primary Corresponding or Submitting Corresponding Author, please always register with the University of Freiburg as the main affiliate, if the article was produced in the course of your work at the University of Freiburg. Please use only your official e-mail address (University or University Hospital of Freiburg) in the publication process. Otherwise, you may not be able to make use of the conditions of the DEAL contract and you will incur costs.
The publishers add the note "Open Access funding provided by Projekt DEAL" in the acknowledgements as part of the publication process.
The University Library of Freiburg has concluded a number of institutional memberships which enable members of the university to publish in the journals of the corresponding publishers at discounted rates or even free of charge in open access.
The University of Freiburg is a member of the national consortium with Cambridge University Press. As part of the DFG funding "Open Access Transformation Contracts", a Read-and-Publish Agreement was concluded for an initial term of three years (2019-2021) under the following conditions:
Publication in pure Open Access journals is excluded from this regulation.
Please note the following steps in the publication process:
You can find more information about the publishing house here: