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Funding for open access monographs and edited volumes

This fund is used to support the open access (OA) publication of previously unpublished monographs, edited volumes, and also individual articles in edited volumes.

  1. The applicant must be a member or employee of Leipzig University when the manuscript is submitted to the publisher and, being the author or editor, be responsible for paying publishing fees. For OA edited volumes, at least one of the editors must be affiliated with Leipzig University. The affiliation with Leipzig University in accordance with the publication guidelines of Leipzig University must come across clearly in the publication.
  2. The publication submitted must meet the following criteria:
    • It should be an OA first publication, i.e. a previously unpublished monograph, edited volume, an article in an edited volume, or a similar format.
    • All sections of the work must be permanently accessible immediately after publication to readers worldwide at no charge (open access).
    • The publication must have a free-content licence – preferably Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY).
    • The publication must be well catalogued, for instance by being listed in the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB).
    • Publications funded in this way must contain a reference to the affiliation with the University of Leipzig in accordance with the publication guidelines of Leipzig University as well as to the financial support provided by the publishing fund, e.g. “supported by the Open Access Publishing Fund of Leipzig University” or (in German) “gefördert durch den Open-Access-Publikationsfonds der Universität Leipzig."
  3. The publication’s academic quality must be beyond doubt:
    • Prior to publication, the publication must undergo a strict quality assurance procedure that is recognized in the respective subject, by default in the form of a peer review process organized by the publisher. The peer review procedure must be described in detail in the application and, if necessary, documented by an external expert opinion. The peer review can be carried out by the series editors or an external procedure and is preferably handled by the publisher.
  4. The publishing house chosen must meet the following criteria:
  5. Publications which have been produced in connection with externally funded projects and where financial support to cover the costs of publishing is provided can only be funded by this publication fund if insufficient external resources are available. In the case of co-financing, proof of the allocated publication funds from the third-party funding bodies must be provided (e.g. notice of award).
  • OA publishing fees are reimbursed up to a maximum of:
    • 3,000 € (including sales tax) for monographs and edited volumes; for publications from DFG research until the end of 2024 - max. 5,000 € (including sales tax)
    • 1,500 € (including sales tax) for articles in edited volumes. Articles in edited volumes also containing articles which aren’t available in open access are not eligible for funding.
  • Funding may be partial, i.e. combined with other sources of finance.
  • Funding approval is only valid for 12 months from the date of approval.
  • Costs for the production of a digital version of the publication are eligible. Printing costs are excluded from the subsidy. Publishers must present their services and the corresponding costs in a transparent way.
  • The OA publication may also be published in parallel as a print edition. Note that the costs for this cannot be met by the fund. The OA version must be published at the same time as or before any print version.
  • An application for funding to cover publication costs may be submitted as soon as a concrete contract offer has been received. The order of financing largely depends on the date of invoices. Decisions on complete applications are made on a ongoing basis.
  • To apply, please complete and submit the application form (PDF, about 1,8 MB) along with additional relevant documents (review, contract, copy of the invoice) to

The Open Science Office is responsible for dealing with applications and verifying compliance with the funding criteria. The review takes place in a rolling process.

The Rectorate’s representatives responsible for the publishing fund for OA monographs and edited volumes are currently:

Here you can find a list of already published funded publications in the catalogue of the Leipzig University Library.

  • open access network
    Platform with a broad range of information on the topic of Open Access, including basics, financing and legal issues. Subject-specific information on open access publishing can also be found here.
  • Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)
    This comprehensive directory of quality-checked open access books offers subject- and language-specific search options.
  • AuROA service catalog for scholarly open access books (in German only)
    Overview with checklist function of tasks and services that can be provided in the publication process. The service catalog is designed to provide transparency and comparability of publishing services.
  • AuROA contract generator (in German only)
    With the online tool, individual publishing contracts based on the CC licenses BY and BY-SA can be created in a modular system. The contracts are legally secure and can be used directly or as a basis for negotiating with publishers.
  • Veronika Fischer: Bildrechte in der kunsthistorischen Praxis. Ein Leitfaden (in German only)
    Comprehensive presentation on issues of image citation law. DOI: 10.11588/artdok.00007769