Open Access Publishing Fund

The Open Access (OA) Publication Fund of the University of Leipzig covers the costs of articles in OA journals. The fund received funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG) in the 2014–2019 Open Access Publishing programme and has been funded from central sources since 2020.

The prerequisites for funding from 2020 are:

  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 journal complies with the accepted scientific standards of the respective field of research. Commentaries are generally not supported.
  4. 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.
  5. Funded publications must be accompanied by a reference to funding from the publication fund, for example: "We acknowledge support from Leipzig University for Open Access Publishing" or "This article was funded by the Publication Fund of the University of Leipzig.

Publication costs of up to 2,000 Euro per article are fully covered (including VAT). If the total costs exceed 2,000 Euro, the difference must be covered by the authors' own budget and third-party funds.

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 Euro
  •  hybrid open access included
  •  eliglible up to 36 month post funding period

Official Announcement (German only). 

Horizon 2020:

Reimbursement of costs for Gold Open Access is possible during the project period.

Please inform yourself about the prerequisites of funding and submit an application using the web form.
You will receive feedback on the formal eligibility of your application as soon as possible. Acceptance is always subject to the availability of funds at the time of invoicing and only for the current calendar year.
If you have any questions in advance, please contact the Open Science Office.

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 supports the call 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.