Open Access Publishing Fund
When publishing in open access journals costs in form of an open access article processing charge (APO = Article Processing Charge) may occur in the process of submission and quality assurance (e.g. peer reviews).
In many cases this costs are to be born by the authors. Since January 2017 TU Darmstadt has been funding publications of research results of its members in open access journals by publication fund. This publication fund can be used to finance article processing fees.
The open access publication fund of TU Darmstadt is financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
We recommend (even at higher costs than €2000) contacting the Team Electronic Publishing to clarify the eligibility of your article and to support you in negotiating discounts.
Prerequisites for subsidies
The costs for your open access article may be paid by TU Darmstadt's OA publishing fund, if…
- … the corresponding author is affiliated with TU Darmstadt.
- … the article is or will be published in a genuine open access journal, i.e. all articles in this journal have to be published in a gold open access model immediately. Hybrid open access models of traditional journals (so called “Open Choice”) do not satisfy this criterion.
- …the journal applies a rigid, discipline-specific review process. The journal should be listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals.
- …the total article processing charge does not exceed the amount of 2.000 € (incl. 19% VAT). We gladly assist you in the negotiation of discounts, which are granted regularly by the publishers. A proportionate refunding of higher costs is not possible.
- … the invoice for the article processing charge dates in 2017 or later.
Procedure of reimbursement
There are two possible ways for using the open access fund:
We recommend in any case (regardless of the costs of your article) to contact us (contact details on the right) to clarify, if your article fulfills the prerequisites for funding, and to get assistance in discount negotiations.
1) Central invoicing to the ULB
We have automated invoicing agreements with the following publishers:
- MDPI (incl. 25% discount)
- PLOS (PLOS One only)
- Wiley (incl. 15% discount)
If you are the corresponding author of an article published in a journal of these open access publishers, and if your article fulfills the prerequisites above, the invoice will be addressed directly to the ULB.
2) Invoicing to the corresponding author
If you are the corresponding author of an article in an open access journal of any other publisher, you are welcome to send an informal message to email@example.com-… with the following information:
- Copy of the invoice as a PDF document
- DOI of your article (alternatively the journal's name and the title of your article)
- Your affiliation at TU Darmstadt
If your article fulfills the prerequisites above, the open access fund will cover the costs and pay the amount directly to the publisher. The invoice should be addressed to an address at TU Darmstadt and contain the net costs (excl. VAT).
Please refer in either case to the support by the Open Access Publishing Fund of TU Darmstadt: “We acknowledge support by the German Research Foundation and the Open Access Publishing Fund of Technische Universität Darmstadt.”
All papers covered by the fund are additionally published on TUprints.
„We acknowledge support by the German Research Foundation and the Open Access Publishing Fund of Technische Universität Darmstadt.“
Further funding opportunities:
Funding of open access publications from completed BMBD-funded projects (post-grant-fund)
In 2017 the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) announced that open access publications from BMBF-funded projects can be accepted up to a maximum amount of €2400 eben after the end of the funding phase.The exact conditions can be found here.
The funding conditions differ from those of the DFG-funded open access fund of TU Darmstadt.
The BMBF fund can also be used to finance publication fees above €2000 on a prorata basis, as well as open access articles in subsricption journals (hybrid open access).