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Open Access Publishing Fund

The Open Access Publishing Fund of Leipzig University supports authors paying article processing charges in open access journals.

The Fund has received funding from the DFG 2014–2019.

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. Article processing charges can be covered up to 2,000 € per article (19 % VAT included). Partial support of article costs exceeding this limit will 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 Leipzig University for Open Access Publishing" or "Dieser Artikel wurde durch den Publikationsfonds der Universität Leipzig 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 €
  •  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 €
  • up to three publications per EU-grant
  • application deadline will be February 28, 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.

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. 

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