Open Access Publication Fund

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) supports the publication of research findings in open access journals within the framework of the “Open-Access Publishing” funding programme.

The funding bodies

The University of Freiburg has been granted its sixth round of funding for an Open Access Publication Fund from the DFG’s “Open-Access Publishing” funding programme. The next grant period lasts for two years (2018–2019). The fund is managed by the University Library.

It provides more than EUR 360,000 in funding every year. Around 30 % comes from the DFG. The Faculty of Medicine contributes an annual sum of EUR 70,000 and the University Library pays in the remaining amount of around EUR 176,000, resp. EUR 210,000.

Eligible publications

In line with the DFG’s and the rectorate’s guidelines, the following framework conditions must be met:

  • Only articles in original open access journals that apply strict quality assurance measures approved by the respective subject field can receive funding. The Directory of Open Access Journals, for example, provides an overview of these journals.
  • The publication fees must not exceed a maximum of EUR 2,000 per essay, including 19% VAT. Please note that publishing houses based outside of Germany usually state their publication fees minus VAT. So for foreign currencies, please add 19% to the amount converted to euros to estimate whether the maximum threshold will be exceeded.
    Exception: The maximum funding limit for invoices stated in US dollars is USD 1,900.
  • A member of the University of Freiburg is responsible for paying the publication fees as either the submitting author or corresponding author. 
  • Essays in subscription-based journals that apply the hybrid open access model are not eligible for funding.
  • All of the author’s publications should be indexed or stored on FreiDok plus, the University of Freiburg’s publication portal.
  • Every publication that receives funding must include a note referring to the DFG funding. For example: “The article processing charge was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the University of Freiburg in the Open-Access Publishing funding programme.”

BioMed Central

In February 2012, the University of Freiburg joined the open access publisher BioMed Central’s membership programme for institutions via the University Library using funds from the Open Access Publication Fund.

Through this membership, members of the university can receive a 20% discount on the article processing fee. The remaining amount is settled directly by BioMed Central with the credit from the OA Publication Fund. As such, members of the university will not be charged any direct costs when they publish an article on BioMed Central, Chemistry Central or SpringerOpen for the duration of the membership.

Every publication published on BioMed Central, Chemistry Central or SpringerOpen throughout the duration of the university’s membership must include a note referring to the funding from the OA Publication Fund. For example:

“The article processing charge was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the University of Freiburg in the Open-Access Publishing funding programme.”

The following website provides an overview of the publications published on BioMed Central by members of the University of Freiburg to date: http://www.biomedcentral.com/.../1600035752.

MDPI

The University of Freiburg has been participating in the Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP) run by MDPI, a publisher of open access journals, since 1 November 2015. Through this membership, members of the University of Freiburg can receive a 25% discount on the article processing fee. The remaining costs can be financed by the OA Publication Fund upon request.

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).

The degree offers numerous advantages for all researchers and students at the University of Freiburg:

  • Access to all Wiley journals on the Wiley Online platform (currently about 1,700 titles).
  • Permanent archive access rights for the above mentioned journals back to the year of publication 1997.
  • Members of the University of Freiburg and the University Hospital have the possibility to publish Open Access to all Wiley journals under a Creative Commons License (CC-BY):
    • For Open Access publications in journals requiring a subscription (so-called hybrid journals), authors will no longer have to pay fees since 1 July 2019. The costs are borne by the University Library.
    • In pure Open Access journals published by Wiley (so-called Gold Open Access journals), authors of the University of Fribourg receive a 20% discount on the publication fees incurred. The latter are financed according to the funding guidelines of the Publication Fund of the University of Freiburg.
    Further information from the publisher on both options can be found here.
  • When submitting your article as a Corresponding, Primary Corresponding or Submitting Corresponding Author, always register with the University of Freiburg as the main affiliate, if the article was produced in the context of your activity at the University of Freiburg.
  • Please use only your official Freiburg e-mail address in the publication process. Otherwise the publisher may have problems with the correct assignment of your publications. In this case you may not be able to take advantage of the funding provided by the DEAL contract.

Cambridge University Press

The University of Freiburg is a member of the national consortium with Cambridge University Press. Within the framework of DFG funding for "Open Access Transformation Contracts", a read and publish agreement was concluded for an initial period of three years (2019-2021).

Participation has the following advantages for researchers and students of the University of Freiburg:

  • Access to all CUP journals on the Cambridge Core platform (currently around 400 titles).
  • Open Access publications in all journals requiring a subscription (so-called hybrid journals) under Creative Commons License (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 a 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 form 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 here:

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