Funding and Financing

Open Access publications by members and dependants 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 funded articles, monographs or edited volumes are all additionally published on TUprints, TU Darmstadt's Open Access repository.

Provided certain conditions are met, this fund can be used to finance article processing charges (APC). The publication of OA journal articles is co-funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation).

  • Checklist (opens in new tab) for the funding of journal articles
  • The journal in which the article is to be published must have a quality assurance procedure and be listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
  • The “corresponding author” must be, or have been, a member or dependant of TU Darmstadt when the article was submitted or accepted.
  • The article must contain the ORCID iD for author identification.
  • The affiliation designation of TU Darmstadt defined in the Publication guideline (opens in new tab) must be used in the publication.
  • The article processing charge including VAT is €2,000 maximum. The current exchange rate is used for foreign currencies.
  • Partial funding is not possible.
  • 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 article should contain a funding reference to the Publishing Fund at the time of publication: “We acknowledge support by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the Open Access Publishing Fund of Technical University of Darmstadt.”

List of funded articles

Funding is not available for the following

  • Articles from externally funded projects in which funds are available for publications.
  • Articles in hybrid (subscription) journals and mirror journals (OA offshoots of existing subscription magazines with almost the same name) even if they are listed in the DOAJ.

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

These conditions are valid until 31 December 2022. Invoices for eligible articles must be received and paid by ULB by the end of the year. The date of the funding application or the funding approval is not the determining factor.

Earlier this year, the library has applied for grant money and received an OA funding commitment from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) on 13 October 2022. Due to the new DFG funding strategiy, articles will only receive a partial contribution as of 1 January 2023. Exact modalities are currently being determined by TU Darmstadt.

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. Partial funding is possible. 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 dependant 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 publications in hybrid journals.

AIP Publishing

The TU Darmstadt participates in the Read & Publish Agreement with AIP Publishing. Authors can publish open access articles in the subscription journals (opens in new tab) free of charge until 31 December 2023. Once the annual article quota has been used up, authors will be charged a discounted fee of USD 2,800.

Costs for publications in purely OA journals are only covered by TU Darmstadt if the Publishing Fund eligibility criteria are met.

Copernicus Publications

TU Darmstadt has had an agreement with Copernicus Publications since January 2017. The costs for Open Access articles in predominantly scientific journals are covered by TU Darmstadt if the Publication Fund eligibility criteria are met. The invoice is sent directly to and paid by ULB.

Frontiers

TU Darmstadt has agreed on central invoicing with Frontiers Media SA. The costs for Open Access articles are covered by TU Darmstadt if the Publication Fund eligibility criteria are met. The invoice is sent directly to and paid by ULB.

IOP Publishing

TU Darmstadt is participating in the Germany-wide consortium agreement with IOP Publishing, the Institute of Physics' publisher, until 2021 TU Darmstadt is entitled to 7 free Open Access articles in hybrid journals a year. If you are interested, please contact the Digital Publishing Team for details of the status of the contingent.

Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)

TU Darmstadt agreed central invoicing with MDPI in January 2017. Authors receive 10% discount on article processing charges. The costs are covered by TU Darmstadt if the Publication Fund eligibility criteria are met. The invoice is sent directly to and paid by ULB.

PLOS

The fees for OA articles in PLOS journals are covered by TU Darmstadt if the eligibility criteria of the OA Publishing Fund are met. The invoice is sent directly to and paid by ULB. Currently, the agreement includes three article types from the journal PLOS ONE, whose fee is less than the equivalent of 1,680 euros.

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 freely available on the web after six months. This standard publication costs 2,575 USD. For articles with immediate open access under a CC BY or CC BY-NC-ND licence, TU authors pay a discounted fee of 4,975 USD. There are no additional page charges.

PsyJOURNALS (Hogrefe Verlag)

Thanks to an Open Access transformation contract, TU authors can publish OA articles free of charge in the PsyJOURNALS psychology journals published by Hogrefe.

Royal Society of Chemistry

A Read & Publish agreement between TU Darmstadt and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) allows all TU authors to publish open access articles in the hybrid journals free of charge. This applies to manuscripts accepted from 1 January 2022. This guide for authors (opens in new tab)describes the procedure.

RSC grants a 15% discount on article fees in OA-only journals. Authors are billed directly. The costs are covered if the Publication Fund eligibility criteria are met.

Science Advances

As “corresponding authors”, TU members receive 15% discount on the publication charges for the Open Access journal “Science Advances” by AAAS.

SCOAP3

The SCOAP3 Initiative makes scientific publications in the field of high-energy physics accessible in Open Access. Thanks to the participation of TU Darmstadt, its dependants and members can publish free of charge in SCOAP3 journals under the CC-BY licence (duration 2020-2022).

Springer Nature

TU Darmstadt is participating in the Germany-wide DEAL contract with the scientific publisher Springer Nature (duration 2020-2023). All members and affiliates of TU Darmstadt can publish their articles with Open Access in Springer Nature's hybrid and pure OA journals. The following conditions apply:

  • hybrid journals (subscription journals with an OA option)
    The article fees are paid centrally by ULB.
  • Gold Open Access journals (fully open access journals)
    Springer Nature generally grants a discount of 20% on the list prices of Springer Open and Biomed Central titles. This discount does not apply to journals from the Nature Communications portfolio and Scientific Reports. The applicable article fees are indicated in the column “DEAL Member APC cost contribution 2022” of the full journal title list.
    For publication fees of up to 1,680 Euros (publisher lists net prices, with VAT this amount corresponds to 2,000 Euros gross costs), ULB will check whether these can be paid from the Open Access Publishing Fund. If this amount is exceeded, the costs will be charged to the author. Partial funding is currently not possible.
    Please note:
    The previous funding of open access articles by ULB Darmstadt (supported by DFG) will expire on 31 December 2022. For organisational and financial reasons, only articles that have actually been published up to and including 31 December 2022 can be funded at the previous level. Articles that are still in submission status or peer review after the turn of the year can unfortunately no longer be funded at the previous level.
    All articles published after 01 January 2023 can only be funded to a lesser extent due to DFG's new funding concept. The exact modalities are currently being determined within TU Darmstadt and will be communicated as soon as possible.

As the “corresponding author”, please state your affiliation as per the Publication guidelines (opens in new tab).

Wiley

TU Darmstadt is participating in the Germany-wide DEAL contract with the scientific publisher Wiley (duration 2019-2023). All members and affiliates of TU Darmstadt can publish their articles with Open Access in Wiley's hybrid and pure OA journals. The following conditions apply:

  • hybrid journals (subscription journals with an OA option)
    The article fees are paid centrally by ULB.
  • Gold Open Access journals
    Wiley grants a discount of 20% on the list prices. Article fees are indicated in the column (EUR APC) of the full journal title list without discount. For publication fees of up to 1,680 Euros (publisher lists net prices, with VAT this amount corresponds to 2,000 Euros gross costs), ULB will check whether these can be paid from the Open Access Publishing Fund. If this amount is exceeded, the costs will be charged to the author. Partial funding is currently not possible.
    Please note:
    The previous funding of open access articles by ULB Darmstadt (supported by DFG) will expire on 31 December 2022. For organisational and financial reasons, only articles that have actually been published up to and including 31 December 2022 can be funded at the previous level. Articles that are still in submission status or peer review after the turn of the year can unfortunately no longer be funded at the previous level.
    All articles published after 01 January 2023 can only be funded to a lesser extent due to DFG's new funding concept. The exact modalities are currently being determined within TU Darmstadt and will be communicated as soon as possible.

As the “corresponding author”, please state your affiliation as per the Publication guidelines (opens in new tab).