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Open Access Publishing Fund

The DFG supported Open Access Publishing Fund of Leipzig University was established in 2014 to support authors paying article processing charges in open access journals.

Criteria of support

Criteria to qualify for support from the open access publishing fund:

  1. The submitting author responsible for the payment of article processing charges must be affiliated with Leipzig University.
  2. The journal of choice publishes all articles open access immediately. Open access options for single articles in subscription journals do not qualify for support.
  3. The article processing charge does not exceed 2,000 € per article (19% VAT included). Partial support of article costs exceeding this limit will not be possible.
  4. The journal complies with the accepted scientific standards of the respective field of research. Commentaries are generally not supported.
  5. Authors publishing results from third-party funded projects are obliged to verify that there are no dedicated means available for publication within those funds. In cases where funding is available, but does not suffice, the difference can be paid from the publication fund.

Please do not forget to mention support from the fund, e.g. "The author(s) acknowledge support from the German Research Foundation (DFG) and Universität Leipzig within the program of Open Access Publishing" or "Dieser Artikel wurde durch den Publikationsfonds der Universität Leipzig und das Programm Open Access Publizieren der DFG gefördert."

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If you plan on publishing results from BMBF or EU funded research, please check first if you qualify for support from the respective post grant funds for open access:

BMBF Post-Grant-Fund:

  •  covers article charges up to 2.400 EUR
  •  hybrid open access included
  •  eliglible up to 36 month post funding period

Official Announcement (German only). 

FP7 post-grant Open Access publishing pilot

  • covers article charges up to 2.000 EUR
  • up to three publications per EU-grant
  • application deadline will be 28.02.2018

More information on the OpenAire webpages.

Please carefully read our criteria of support and apply using our web form

Do not hesitate to contact us, if you have any further questions. 

To ensure the scientific quality of the open access support at Leipzig University, the open access publishing fund is attended by representatives of the rectors office. Scientists are supporting the open access office in edge cases and  are reviewing the supported journals on a yearly basis.

The representatives of the rectors office responsible for the open access publishing fund:

  • Prof. Michael Schaefer (Rudolf-Böhm-Institute of Pharmacology)
  • Prof. Marius Grundmann (Institute of Experimental Physics II)
  • Prof. Christian Wilhelm (Institute of Biology)

Regarding the quality of open access journals please also take a look at further information about open access journals.

Leipzig University established payment agreements with the following open access publishers:

BioMed Central

A prepay account with BioMed Central is in place since 2015 to allow central invoicing of APCs in all BioMed Central Journals at a 20% discounted price. This account is financed by the DFG-supported open access publishing fund of Leipzig University. The costs can be covered from the publishing fund, if all criteria for support are met and according to the funding conditions. You can profit form the 20% discount also if you do not meet the funding criteria and want to pay the APC from another source. Please contact the Open Access Office for further details.

During the submission process with BioMed Central, authors will be asked for a code in order to authenticate as affiliates of Leipzig University. You will receive this code after applying to the publishing fund through the online form (see above).

PLOS – Public Library of Science

Starting March 1, 2016 an institutional account is established with the open access publisher Public Library of Science (PLOS). APCs for articles in the Journal PLOS ONE will be accumulated and invoiced monthly to the Library. The costs can be covered from the publishing fund, if all criteria for support are met and according to the funding conditions.

Frontiers Media S.A. 

Since February 2016 a Central Invoicing Arrangement is in place with the publisher Frontiers Media S.A., that allows for monthly central invoicing of APCs in Frontiers Journals. The costs can be covered from the publishing fund, if all criteria for support are met and according to the funding conditions. Please note, that several Frontiers Journals exceed the funding cap of 2.000 EUR and the authors will be responsible for the payment of these APCs.


Since February 15, 2016 a central payment agreement is active with the open access publisher MDPI AG. APCs for articles in all MDPI-Journals submitted after February 21st 2018 will be discounted by 25% for authors of Leipzig University and invoiced to the library. The costs can be covered from the publishing fund, if all criteria for support are met and according to the funding conditions.

RSC – Royal Society of Chemistry

The Gold4Gold programm of the Royal Society of Chemistry has been terminated by the publisher in will not be continued in 2017.

A list of all supported articles can be accessed via our catalog.

We also support the appeal for disclosure of open access fees of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany and participate in the Open APC project to make the information on all payments publicly available.