Funding and Financing

Open Access publications by members and affiliates of TU Darmstadt may be supported financially by having the publication costs paid and receiving publishing discounts.

TU Darmstadt Publishing Fund

TU Darmstadt supports publications in Open Access journals, monographs and edited volumes through a publishing fund (“OA Fonds”). The fund is significantly supported with money granted by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation).

The funded articles, monographs or edited volumes are all additionally published on TUprints, TU Darmstadt's Open Access repository.

In addition, the ECR Publication Fund offers PhD students and postdocs affiliated with TU Darmstadt financial support for English-language publications.

As of 1 January 2023 funding will be provided within the framework of the “Open Access Publication Costs” programme of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG). The first period of the new programme will end on 31 December 2025.

Publication fees for articles in OA journals are subsidised with 1,400 Euros if the following criteria are met:

  • The corresponding author is a member or affiliate of TU Darmstadt or has been affiliated when the article was submitted.
  • The journal has a quality assurance procedure and is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
  • The article will be published under a Creative Commons licence . In its Open Access Policy (opens in new tab) , TU Darmstadt recommends the CC BY licence.
  • The overall publication costs may exceed 1,400 Euros. Partial funding is possible. Existing third-party funding for publications must be used as a matter of priority.
  • The article will contain the ORCID iD for author identification.
  • The affiliation designation of TU Darmstadt defined in the Publication guidelines (opens in new tab) will be used in the publication.

Early Career Researchers receive additional funding of a maximum of EUR 1,400 (gross), i.e. a maximum total of EUR 2,800 (gross), provided that the publication proves scientific independence of the author. This is the case within the funding framework if the head of the research group or the doctoral supervisor is not a co-author.

Funding is not available for the following

  • Articles in hybrid journals (subscription journals where individual articles are published Open Access for a fee)
  • Articles in mirror journals (OA versions of existing subscription journals with almost the same name) even if they are listed in the DOAJ.

Checklist (opens in new tab) for the eligibility of journal articles

If not all these points apply to your article, please us so we can look into other funding possibilities for you.

Application form for the Publishing Fund

Information on billing procedure

The article fees are usually invoiced directly to the authors by the publishers. Please be advised, that tax is usually not reflected in the publishers' APC invoices. For your budgeting you should assume a tax rate of 19%.

The invoices are pre-assigned by the author's institute and forwarded to ULB, which checks and arranges partial funding from the OA fund. The entire invoice amount is then paid by the financial accounting department. 

Funded open access articles since 2023

Funded open access articles from 2017 – 2022

Eligibility

Who can apply for funding through the OA Monographs Fund?

  • authors or co-authors or
  • editors or co-editors

Applicants must be members or affiliates of TU Darmstadt at the time of the funding approval. The funding commitment is valid for 6 months.

The funding application can be submitted informally .

Type of publication

Which publications can be funded?

Only primary scientific publications are eligible for funding, such as

  • Open Access monographs
  • Open Access edited volumes (e.g. conference proceedings, commemorative publications)
  • contributions to an OA edited volume

Can hybrid models be funded?

Hybrid models in which only single chapters are available OA cannot be funded. The entire monograph or edited volume must be published in OA.

Can dissertations / theses be funded?

Dissertations should mainly be published on TUprints.

  • Funding is only available if the dissertation has been assessed summa cum laude and both referees confirm that visibility in this research area can only be achieved with a publishing house.
  • Master or Bachelor theses are not funded under any circumstances.

Which publications are not eligible for funding?

Monographs and contributions to edited volumes are not eligible for the OA Fund if third-party funding is available for their publication. Applicants must confirm that they will not receive double funding.

Criteria for the publishing house, quality assurance

What criteria apply for the publishing house in case of OA funding by the library?

Availability, accessibility

When does the OA monograph have to be published?

  • The payment of the grant is dependent upon the publication.
  • The OA monograph must be published within 6 months after the funding commitment.
  • If a print edition is also planned, the OA publication has to appear at the same time as or before the print edition.

In what form must the monograph be accessible?

  • The publication has to be made available permanently, free of charge, and without any legal or technical barriers.
  • The entire monograph has to be published in open access with a Creative Commons licence.
  • In case of parallel print publication: The publisher's website and promotional materials must clearly indicate that the work is also available in Open Access in addition to the commercially available print version.

Funding acknowledgement

Is it necessary to include a funding acknowledgement?

Yes. The imprint of the OA edition contains the note: “This publication was made possible by the Open Access Monographs Fund of the University and State Library Darmstadt”.

Rights & Licences

Under which licence does the monograph have to be published in order to be eligible for funding? What rights must be granted?

  • Monographs have to be published under one of the following Creative Commons licences : CC0, CC BY, CC BY-SA.
  • Authors and editors grant the publisher only simple rights of use.
  • The copyright for illustrations and other third-party materials must be cleared and must not conflict with CC licensing.
  • Information on OA availability and the CC licence is clearly included in the imprint of the online and, if applicable, the print edition.

Metadata

What are the requirements for the metadata?

  • The affiliation 'Technische Universität Darmstadt' must be clearly visible. (affiliation information )
  • The metadata include at least: title, (subtitle), authors, editors, ORCID iD (if not available: register with ORCID), publication date, publisher, if applicable: series title and volume number, persistent identifier (DOI or URN), if applicable: ISBN (if additionally offered in print), Creative Commons licence, abstract, keywords (free or taken from a classification).
  • The persistent identifier (DOI or URN) has to be mentioned in the publication.

Format

Which publishing formats are possible?

The publication is published in a file format suitable for long-term archiving (e.g. PDF, XML).

Funding, cost breakdown

Is there a funding limit?

Yes, a maximum of €5,000 per monograph is funded. If the monograph is funded by several institutions, this must be disclosed by the applicant. ULB will then check how much it will contribute to the funding.

Which costs (net) should be itemised?

  • Author support
  • Editing, quality control
  • Overhead
  • Rights management
  • Media-neutral book production
  • Metadata

List of funded monographs

ULB supports the publishing of Open Access journals with TUjournals (journal hosting).

Eligibility criteria

  • At least one editor must be a member or affiliate of TU Darmstadt.
  • Application with a concept
  • Default URL: [journal title].tujournals.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de
  • The publishers can ask to register their own domain. They will receive the required information so the journal is available at that domain.
  • The requirements of the publication guideline (opens in new tab) of TU Darmstadt must be observed.
  • Style sheets are to be agreed with ULB.
  • Publication under an Open Access-compliant licence. In its Open Access Policy (opens in new tab) , TU Darmstadt recommends the CC BY licence.
  • The OA publication will receive a funding note in the publishing details on the website: “Funded by ULB Darmstadt” or “Gefördert von der ULB Darmstadt”

American Chemical Society (ACS)

As part of the “all ACS Publications subscribing institutions”, TU Darmstadt authors receive a USD 250 discount on Open Access publications in hybrid journals.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

ULB has licensed all ASME journals and proceedings for 2024. Corresponding authors of TU Darmstadt may publish open access articles in ASME journals and proceedings free of charge. The article fee is waived. Authorised authors are recognised by their official institutional email address (…@tu-darmstadt.de, without subdomains). The Author Journey describes the submission process.

AIP Publishing

TU Darmstadt participates in the Read & Publish Agreement with AIP Publishing (term 2024-2026). Corresponding authors can publish open access articles in the subscription journals (opens in new tab) free of charge. Eligible article types are peer-reviewed primary research and review. Once the annual article quota has been used up, authors will be charged a discounted publishing fee. Authors can enquire about the current status of the OA quota at ULB.

For pure OA journals, publication costs can be subsidised by the OA Publishing Fund. Please find the funding criteria and amount at the top of this page.

Cambridge University Press (CUP)

In 2024, TU Darmstadt participates in a consortial read and publish agreement negotiated by the Bavarian State Library. Corresponding authors affiliated with TUDa may publish open access articles in CUP's hybrid and open access journals free of charge. The following article types are eligible: Research Article, Review Article, Rapid Communication, Brief Report and Case Report. Articles accepted on or after 1 January 2024 can benefit from this agreement.

Company of Biologists

A Read & Publish agreement (term 2023-2025) allows corresponding authors of TU Darmstadt to publish Open Access articles in all journals of The Company of Biologists without paying a publication fee. The number of free-of-charge OA articles is unlimited. The agreement applies to research articles in the following five journals:
Development
Journal of Cell Science
Journal of Experimental Biology
Disease Models & Mechanisms
Biology Open

The author workflow is described in the Read & Publish Guide.

Elsevier

TU Darmstadt is participating in the Germany-wide DEAL agreement with the scientific publisher Elsevier (term 2024-2028). Members and affiliates involved in active research at TU Darmstadt with submitting corresponding author status may publish their articles Open Access in Elsevier's hybrid and fully OA journals. The eligible journal titles are listed here (spreadsheet “included-ch-cptl”).

The following conditions apply:

Hybrid journals (subscription journals with an OA option)

  • An article fee is charged for each publication: EUR 2,500 (net) for Elsevier journals, EUR 6,450 (net) for Cell Press or The Lancet. This fee will increase by 3% annually from 2025.
  • In addition, a service fee of EUR 100 (net) is charged per publication.
  • For publications with an acceptance date before 1 August 2024, the article fees are paid centrally by ULB.
  • From 1 August 2024 (acceptance date), a fixed amount of EUR 1,400 (gross) per OA article will be paid centrally. The remaining costs will be borne by the authors, research groups or departments.
  • Closed access publishing in hybrid journals will no longer be possible free of charge from the effective date. These costs will be borne by corresponding authors or their departments or institutes.
  • Early Career Researchers receive additional funding of a maximum of EUR 1,400 (gross), i.e. a maximum total of EUR 2,800 (gross), provided that the publication proves scientific independence of the author. This is the case within the funding framework if the head of the research group or the doctoral supervisor is not a co-author.
  • This regulation initially applies until 30 June 2025 (acceptance date before 1 July 2025).

Gold Open Access journals (fully open access journals)

  • Elsevier grants a discount of 20% on the list prices (article processing charges, APC) of Elsevier Fully Gold journals and 15% on the list prices of Fully Gold Cell Press and The Lancet journals. All article fees are net prices and depend on the submission date.
  • In addition, a service fee of EUR 100 (net) is charged per publication.
  • Publication costs can be subsidised with a maximum of EUR 1,400 (gross) by TU Darmstadt OA Fund. The funding criteria can be found at the top of this page.
  • Early Career Researchers receive additional funding of a maximum of EUR 1,400 (gross), i.e. a maximum total of EUR 2,800 (gross), provided that the publication proves scientific independence of the author. This is the case within the funding framework if the head of the research group or the doctoral supervisor is not a co-author.

When submitting the article, please indicate the affiliation as submitting corresponding author according to the Publication guidelines (opens in new tab) : Technische Universität Darmstadt or Technical University of Darmstadt.

Frontiers

Frontiers grants a 2.5% discount on article processing charges if the corresponding author is affiliated with TU Darmstadt. Publication costs can be subsidised by the OA Publishing Fund. Please find the funding criteria and amount at the top of this page.

IOP Publishing

TU Darmstadt is participating in the Germany-wide consortium agreement with IOP Publishing, the publishing house of the Institute of Physics. Until 31 December 2024, authors can publish OA articles of the type “paper”, “special issue paper”, “review” or “letter”" free of charge in hybrid and gold OA journals (journal title list 2024 (opens in new tab) ). Additional costs such as page charges will not be covered. IOPP identifies eligible corresponding authors on the basis of the affiliation entered.

MDPI

MDPI grants a 10% discount on article processing charges if the corresponding author is affiliated with TU Darmstadt when submitting the manuscript. Publication costs can be subsidised by the OA Publishing Fund. Please find the funding criteria and amount at the top of this page.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)

Publications in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America are fee-based. A standard publication that is freely available online after 6 months (“delayed open access”) costs 2,750 USD. For immediate open access publications a discounted fee of 5,300 USD is charged.

PsyJOURNALS (Hogrefe Verlag)

Due to an Open Access transformation contract, TU authors can publish OA articles free of charge in PsyJOURNALS, the transformative journals published by Hogrefe. Authorised article types are research or original papers (e.g. review, overview articles, multistudy reports). As corresponding author, please clearly indicate your affiliation with “Technische Universität Darmstadt” or “Technical University of Darmstadt”.

Hogrefe also reduces the APC list prices of these three pure OA journals by 25%: European Journal of Psychology Open, Psychological Test Adaptation and Development (PTAD), Sports Psychiatry – Journal of Sports and Exercise Psychiatry.

Publication costs can be subsidised by the OA Publishing Fund. Please find the funding criteria and amount at the top of this page.https://rupress.org/DocumentLibrary/umbrella/Author-Guides/R-n-P-author-guide.pdf).

Rockefeller University Press

A read-and-publish agreement (term 2024-2026) offers the opportunity to publish an unlimited number of articles free of charge in the three biomedical journals of Rockefeller University Press: Journal of Cell Biology (JCB), Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM) und Journal of General Physiology (JGP). Research articles whose primary corresponding author is affiliated with TU Darmstadt are eligible. The author workflow is described in the Read & Publish Guide (opens in new tab).

Royal Society of Chemistry

As of 1 January 2024, ULB subscribes to the RSC Gold package, which includes a 15% discount on open access article fees of RSC's journals (list prices for OA publications). Publication costs can be subsidised by the OA Publishing Fund. Please find the funding criteria and amount at the top of this page. Free open access publishing in hybrid journals is no longer available under this contract.

Science Advances

As corresponding authors, TU Darmstadt members receive 15% discount on the publication charges for the Open Access journal “Science Advances” by AAAS. Publication costs can be subsidised by the OA Publishing Fund. Please find the funding criteria and amount at the top of this page.

SCOAP3

The SCOAP3 Initiative makes scientific publications in the field of high-energy physics accessible in Open Access. Through the participation of TU Darmstadt, its members can publish free of charge in SCOAP3 journals under the CC BY licence (term 2023-2024).

Springer Nature

TU Darmstadt is participating in the Germany-wide DEAL agreement with the scientific publisher Springer Nature (term 2024-2028). Members and affiliates involved in active research at TU Darmstadt with corresponding author status may publish their articles Open Access in Springer Nature's hybrid and fully OA journals. The eligible journal titles are listed here.

The following conditions apply:

Hybrid journals (subscription journals with an OA option)

  • An article fee of EUR 2,600 (net) is charged for each publication. This excludes non-research articles.
  • In addition, a service fee of EUR 100 (net) is charged per publication.
  • For publications with an acceptance date before 1 August 2024, the article fees are paid centrally by ULB.
  • From 1 August 2024 (acceptance date), a fixed amount of EUR 1,400 (gross) per OA article will be paid centrally. The remaining costs will be borne by the authors, research groups or departments.
  • Closed access publishing in hybrid journals will no longer be possible free of charge from the effective date. These costs will be borne by corresponding authors or their departments or institutes.
  • Early Career Researchers receive additional funding of a maximum of EUR 1,400 (gross), i.e. a maximum total of EUR 2,800 (gross), provided that the publication proves scientific independence of the author. This is the case within the funding framework if the head of the research group or the doctoral supervisor is not a co-author.
  • This regulation initially applies until 30 June 2025 (acceptance date before 1 July 2025).

Gold Open Access journals (fully open access journals)

  • Springer Nature grants a discount of 20% on the list prices of SpringerOpen and BioMed Central titles. All article fees are net prices and depend on the acceptance date.
  • In addition, a service fee of EUR 100 (net) is charged per publication.
  • Publication costs can be subsidised with a maximum of EUR 1,400 (gross) by TU Darmstadt OA Fund. The funding criteria can be found at the top of this page.
  • Early Career Researchers receive additional funding of a maximum of EUR 1,400 (gross), i.e. a maximum total of EUR 2,800 (gross), provided that the publication proves scientific independence of the author. This is the case within the funding framework if the head of the research group or the doctoral supervisor is not a co-author.

When submitting the article, please indicate the affiliation as corresponding author according to the Publication guidelines (opens in new tab) : Technische Universität Darmstadt or Technical University of Darmstadt..

Taylor and Francis

A transformative agreement (term 2024-2026) allows corresponding authors affiliated with TU Darmstadt to publish open access articles in all Taylor & Francis Open Select Journals, the publisher's more than 2,000 hybrid journals, free of charge. The agreement applies to articles of the type “Research Article” (overview of article types), which are accepted after 1 January 2024.

Wiley

TU Darmstadt is participating in the Germany-wide DEAL agreement with the scientific publisher Wiley (term 2024-2028). Members and affiliates involved in active research at TU Darmstadt with responsible corresponding author status may publish their articles Open Access in Wiley's hybrid and fully OA journals. The eligible journal titles are listed here.

The following conditions apply:

Hybrid journals (subscription journals with an OA option)

  • An article fee, the so-called Publish-And-Read fee (PAR fee) is charged for each publication. Hybrid journals are divided into three categories (tiers), for which different PAR fees apply: Tier 1 EUR 3,150, Tier 2 EUR 2,700, Tier 3 EUR 2,200. The respective price is indicated in the 'EUR PAR Fee’ column in the journal title list.
  • In addition, a service fee of EUR 100 (net) is charged per publication.
  • For publications with an acceptance date before 1 August 2024, the article fees are paid centrally by ULB.
  • From 1 August 2024 (acceptance date), a fixed amount of EUR 1,400 (gross) per OA article will be paid centrally. The remaining costs will be borne by the authors, research groups or departments.
  • Closed access publishing in hybrid journals will no longer be possible free of charge from the effective date. These costs will be borne by corresponding authors or their departments or institutes.
  • Early Career Researchers receive additional funding of a maximum of EUR 1,400 (gross), i.e. a maximum total of EUR 2,800 (gross), provided that the publication proves scientific independence of the author. This is the case within the funding framework if the head of the research group or the doctoral supervisor is not a co-author.
  • This regulation initially applies until 30 June 2025 (acceptance date before 1 July 2025).

Gold Open Access journals (fully open access journals)

  • Wiley grants a discount of 20% on the list prices. Article fees are indicated in the column “EUR APC, Discounted (20%)” of the journal title list. All article fees are net prices and depend on the submission date.
  • In addition, a service fee of EUR 100 (net) is charged per publication.
  • Publication costs can be subsidised with a maximum of EUR 1,400 (gross) by TU Darmstadt OA Fund. The funding criteria can be found at the top of this page.
  • Early Career Researchers receive additional funding of a maximum of EUR 1,400 (gross), i.e. a maximum total of EUR 2,800 (gross), provided that the publication proves scientific independence of the author. This is the case within the funding framework if the head of the research group or the doctoral supervisor is not a co-author.

When submitting the article, please indicate the affiliation as responsible corresponding author according to the Publication guidelines (opens in new tab) : Technische Universität Darmstadt or Technical University of Darmstadt.