Open Access Funding

In accordance with the Open Access Resolution of the University of Freiburg, the University Library promotes Open Access publications in a variety of ways.

Publication Fund

The Publication Fund provides financial support for the publication of research results in original Open Access journals (so-called Gold Open Access Journals).

The sponsors

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.

Eligible publications

According to the specifications of the Rectorate of the University, the DFG and the MWK, the following general conditions must be met:

  • Only articles written by members of the university in original OA journals that apply strict quality assurance procedures recognised in the respective subject can be funded. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), for example, provides an overview of such journals. Articles in subscription journals based on the hybrid open access model are not eligible for funding.
  • Publication fees, including VAT at 19% (or 16% since 01.07.2020), may not exceed EUR 2,000 per article in order to be fully eligible for funding. If the publication fees exceed EUR 2,000, pro rata funding of up to EUR 2,000 is possible. Please note that publishers located abroad generally quote the publication fees without VAT. In the case of foreign currencies, therefore, please add 19 % (or 16 %) to the amount converted into EUR to estimate whether the EUR 2,000 limit is complied with.
  • Members of the University of Freiburg are responsible for paying publication fees as "submitting author" or "corresponding author".
  • All funded publications are documented on the research documentation system of the University of Freiburg FreiDok plus.
  • Each funded publication must contain a reference to the funding, for example: "The article processing charge was funded by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts and the University of Freiburg in the funding programme Open Access Publishing".

Funding application

You can find the application form here.

DEAL contracts

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.

Wiley

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:

  • Members of the University of Freiburg or the University Hospital with "submitting corresponding author" status can publish free of charge in Wiley journals in Open Access during the contract period. The publication costs are borne centrally by the University Library. Publication is usually under a Creative Commons License (CC-BY). Publication in Wiley's pure Open Access journals (so-called Gold Open Access Journals) is possible under the above-mentioned conditions from 22.01.2019, in journals requiring a subscription (so-called hybrid journals/Wiley Online Open) from 01.07.2019. Further information from the publisher on both options can be found here.
  • There is permanent access to the current volumes of the contract period of the Wiley journals. In addition, the already existing, very comprehensive archive of older volumes will be significantly expanded once again.

Springer Nature

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:

  • Members of the University of Freiburg or the University Hospital with "submitting corresponding author" status can publish free of charge in Springer Nature journals in Open Access during the term of the contract. The publication costs are borne centrally by the University Library. Publication is usually under a Creative Commons License (CC-BY). Since the beginning of 2020, it has been possible to publish in Springer Nature journals subject to subscription (so-called hybrid journals/Open Choice) under the above conditions. Since the beginning of August, this option has also been available for publications in Springer Nature's pure Open Access journals (so-called Gold Open Access Journals/Fully Open Access). This also includes the pure Open Access journals of Nature such as Scientific Reports and Nature Communications. Further information on publishing can be found here.
  • There is permanent access to the current volumes of the contract period of Springer journals (including Springer Medical, Palgrave, Adis and Macmillan Academic). In addition, the already existing, very comprehensive archive of older volumes will be significantly expanded once again. Nature journals, magazines (e.g. Scientific American, Spektrum der Wissenschaft) and technical journals (e.g. ATZ, MTZ), of which the UB currently only offers selected titles, are excluded from read access.

Registration

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.

Acknowledgements

The publishers add the note "Open Access funding provided by Projekt DEAL" in the acknowledgements as part of the publication process.

Institutional memberships

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.

Cambridge University Press

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:

  • Access to all CUP journal titles of the Cambridge Core platform (currently approx. 400 titles).
  • Open access publications in all journals requiring subscription (so-called hybrid journals) under Creative Commons Licence (CC-BY) without additional fees. No Article Processing Charges (APCs) are charged.

Publication in pure Open Access journals is excluded from this regulation.

Please note the following steps in the publication process:

  • You are Corresponding or Submitting Author and submit your article as usual.
  • After acceptance of the article, please fill out the Open Access License to publish form. This must be submitted individually for each journal.
  • You will then receive a message from RightsLink, the accounting system of CUP, about the publication fee (APC).
  • Please log in to RightsLink, go to Apply Discounts and select the University of Freiburg as your institution under Affiliation Discount. This will delete the publication fee and there will be no costs for the publication.

You can find more information about the publishing house here:

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