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 and enables thereby a free and unimpeded access to academic research.

Since 2011 the University of Freiburg has been running a funding programme for Open Access publications in original reputable Open Access journals (Gold Open Access Journals) with financial support by the German Research Foundation (DFG) from 2011 until 2019 and the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts (MKW) since 2017. This year, available funds for this purpose amount to EUR 700,000. The Faculty of Medicine contributes EUR 70,000 per year. If a researcher of the University of Freiburg is a Corresponding Author of a publication, Article Processing Charges (APCs) will be paid from the budget provided by the Publication Fund with a limit of EUR 2,000 per article. As part of the DEAL agreements with Wiley and Springer Nature, charges for publications in original Open Access journals will be paid in full. Additionally, the Publication Fund will bear the annual costs for institutional memberships and framework agreements, which offer free or discounted publication options. In 2021 Freiburg University Library has expanded its existing funding programme to include Open Access monographs and anthologies. EUR 50,000 have been reserved for this specific purpose.

Funding of journal articles

Funding conditions

In order for articles that aren’t part of DEAL agreements or institutional memberships to be (partially) funded by the Publication Fund, the following conditions must be met in accordance with stipulations by the University Rectorate, the DFG and the MWK:

  • Only articles written by members of the university in original OA journals can be funded. Eligible journals have to apply strict quality assurance procedures recognised in the respective subject. 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.
  • Only articles for which no other funding is availabe (for instance via the DFG) are eligible for funding. 
  • Publication fees, including VAT at 19%, 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, please add 19 % 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".
  • 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".
  • All funded publications are to be documented in the research information system of the University of Freiburg (FreiDok plus).

Funding application

You can find the application form here

The aim of the DEAL project, 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 academic institutions in Germany. The DEAL contracts are intended to improve access to research literature for the research community on a broad and sustainable basis and to accelerate the transformation to Open Access publishing. Thus far, DEAL agreements have been reached with publishers Wiley and Springer Nature.

Wiley

With the signing of the declaration of participation in the DEAL agreement with Wiley, the University of Freiburg has joined the first major agreement with the aim of transforming academic publishing towards Open Access. The initial term of the agreement is three years (2019-2021). It offers the following advantages:

  • Members of the University of Freiburg or the University Hospital with "submitting corresponding author" status can publish Open Access free of charge in Wiley journals for the duration of the agreement. The publication costs are borne centrally by the University Library. Publication is usually under a Creative Commons License (CC-BY). Publication in Wiley's fully Open Access journals (Gold Open Access Journals) is possible under the above-mentioned conditions since January 2019, in subscription-based journals (Hybrid journals/Wiley Online Open) since July 2019. Further information from the publisher on both options can be found here
  • Permanent access is provided to the volumes of Wiley journals published during the agreement term. 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 initial term of the agreement is three years (2020-2022). It offers the following advantages:

  • Members of the University of Freiburg or the University Hospital with "submitting corresponding author" status can publish Open Access free of charge in Springer Nature journals for the duration of the agreement. 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 subscription-based Springer Nature journals (Hybrid journals/Open Choice) under the above conditions. Since the beginning of August 2020, this option has also been available for publications in Springer Nature's fully Open Access journals (Gold Open Access Journals). This also includes the fully Open Access journals by Nature, such as Scientific Reports and Nature Communications. Further information on publishing can be found here
  • Permanent access is provided to the volumes of Springer journals (including Springer Medical, Palgrave, Adis and Macmillan Academic) published during the agreement term. 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 or Submitting Author, please always register the University of Freiburg as the Primary Affiliation if the article was produced in the course of your work for this institution. Please submit your article via your office at the university and only use your official e-mail address (University or University Hospital of Freiburg) in the publication process, so that your affiliation can be verified.

Acknowledgements

As part of the publication process, the publishers will add the note "Open Access funding provided by Projekt DEAL" in the acknowledgements.

The University Library of Freiburg has obtained a number of institutional memberships which enable members of the university to publish Open Access in the journals of corresponding publishers either at discounted rates or even free of charge.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): Science advances
Members of the University of Freiburg can publish Open Access articles in the journal „Science advances“ with a discount of 15% on the regular APC.
Please file an application via the application form
In order to receive the 15% APC-discount, authors will have to select their institution and activate the discount: 
https://tib.eu/cloud/s/dFkZ3LTQ3ZjyXB5/download

American Institute of Physics: AIP Journals
Members of the University of Freiburg can publish Open Access articles free of charge in selected journals (the list is available on the BMJ-website under the institution „University of Freiburg“). A separate funding application isn’t necessary.

BMJ journals
Members of the University of Freiburg can publish Open Access articles free of charge in selected journals (the list is available on the BMJ-website under the institution „University of Freiburg“). A separate funding application isn’t necessary

Cambridge University Press
Artikel von Angehörigen der Universität können kostenlos im Open Access in allen subskriptionspflichtigen Zeitschriften (hybride Zeitschriften) veröffentlicht werden. Eine separate Antragsstellung entfällt. Die Publikation in reinen Open-Access-Zeitschriften ist von dieser Regelung ausgeschlossen. Weitere Verlagsinformationen finden Sie hier:

Copernicus.org
Members of the University of Freiburg can publish Open Access articles free of charge. A separate funding application isn’t necessary. 

De Gruyter
Members of the University of Freiburg can publish articles in all Open Access journals with a discount of 20% on the regular APC. A list of fully Open Access journals is available under this link 
Please file an application via the application form 

ECS digital library (Electrochemical Society)
Members of the University of Freiburg can publish Open Access articles free of charge. A separate funding application isn’t necessary. 

MDPI
Members of the University of Freiburg can publish articles in all Open Access journals with a discount of 10% on the regular APC. Please file an application via the application form.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)
Members of the University of Freiburg can publish Open Access articles with a discount of 20% on the regular APC. As this is a hybrid journal, it is not eligible for funding from the Publication Fund.

PsyJournals des Verlages Hogrefe
Members of the University of Freiburg can publish Open Access articles free of charge. Additional information is available under this link. A seperate funding application isn’t necessary.
 
Royal Society of Chemistry Journals
Members of the University of Freiburg can publish Open Access articles free of charge. A seperate application isn’t necessary.

SCOAP3
The University of Freiburg is a member of the „Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics“ (SCOAP3). Members of the university can publish Gold Open Access in SCOAP3 journals free of charge as Corresponding Author.

SPIE Digital Library
Members of the University of Freiburg can publish Open Access articles free of charge in the following journals:

  • Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 
  • Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments and Systems 
  • Journal of Biomedical Optics 
  • Journal of Electronic Imaging 
  • Journal of Medical Imaging 
  • Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS 
  • Journal of Nanophotonics 
  • Journal of Photonics for Energy 
  • Neurophotonics 
  • Optical Engineering 
  • Advanced Photonics 

A separate funding application isn’t necessary.

Funding of Open Access monographs and anthologies

Publications eligible for funding

  • Current primary publications, e.g. as yet unpublished monographs, dissertations and anthologies are eligible for funding.
  • Anthologies are eligible for funding if a Book Processing Charge is levied for the whole anthology.
  • Single contributions to anthologies by members of the University of Freiburg are not eligible for funding.

Persons eligible to apply for funding

  • An author of a monograph or the publisher of an anthology who is a member of the University of Freiburg and is wholly responsible for payment of the publication charges.
  • In the case of anthologies, at least one of the publishers must be a member of the University of Freiburg. 

Amount of funding

  • Only the publication charges will be funded. Funding of printing, typesetting and design costs or any additional costs for illustrations in colour or page counts is not possible.
  • Funding per publication is limited: Open Access publication charges for monographs or anthologies will be reimbursed up to EUR 5,000 (incl. VAT). If the total publication costs exceed this limit, a partial funding by the Publication Fund is possible.

Requirements regarding the publication and the publisher

  • All parts of the funded work are permanently online available immediately after publishing – worldwide and free of charge.
  • Publication of the Open Access version must happen before or simultaniously with any possible publication of a print version of the funded work.
  • The publication must be released under a permanent address (DOI or URN).
  • The affiliation of the authors or publishers to the University of Freiburg must be made clear within the publication.
  • The guidelines for safeguarding good research practice need to be followed.
  • The publisher needs to be listed as an Open Access publisher, for example in the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) or as a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association.
  • The publisher needs to present a transparent calculation of the Open Access publishing charges. Only those charges will be reimbursed by the Publication Fund.

Legal matters

  • The publication must be provided with a free licence (preferably Creative Commons Attribution CC BY).
  • The rights to images and other material provided by third parties have been cleared beforehand.

Support and funding application

If you’re interested in applying for Open Access funding, please contact us at:
openaccess@ub.uni-freiburg.de

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