University Library

Financing of OA-publications

DFG-publication fund

As part of the "Open Access Publishing" funding program, the DFG has been supporting universities since 2003 in promoting open access publishing. The DFG supports the establishment of open access publication funds at German universities over a period of several years. Through such a fund, payment of open access publication fees (article processing charge - APC) can be reimbursed to the scientists.

At TU Kaiserslautern we have established a publication fund to support researchers who are willing to publish articles in gold open access journals. The fund which covers article processing charges is part of DFG’s open access publishing program.



Procedure for reimbursement of publication fees


Due to institutional or individual membership in a scientific society or as a member of an editorial board some publishers provide discount on open access publication fees. Detailed information on existing agreements can be found here.

TU9 supports DFG criteria von OA funding

The TU9  universities (German institutes of technology) have adopted a handout on uniform criteria for publication funds for the promotion of articles in open access journals. They advocate the application of the existing DFG funding conditions.




TUK participates in the DEAL-Wiley-contract

Key benefits of the agreement:

The agreement entitles institutions read access and open access publishing (from 1 July 2019) in over 1,600 Wiley hybrid journals (“Wiley Online Open”). Authors will not be charged by the publisher for open access publishing in hybrid journals (APCs), although some institutions may implement internal cost-sharing or co-funding schemes where previous subscription spending is not sufficient to cover the entirety of an institution’s output.

Not covered are: Abstract; Article Cover; Calendar of Events; Cover; Dissertation; Editorial; Erratum; Frontispiece; General Correspondence; General News; Index; Introduction; Issue Information; List of Reviewers; Media Review; Meeting Report; Miscellaneous; Obituary; Oration; Research News; Retraction Notice

Discount of 20% on list fees for publishing in over 100 Wiley pure open access journals („Wiley Open Access“). Please check if the remaining costs could be covered by the DFG publication fund.

Please choose the option to publish under a CC-BY license which is in line with the Fair principles.

The selection of the CC-BY-NC license is not recommended because it is considered to be too restrictive. The free reuse of publications especially in the privately financed education sector might be limited.

Klimpel, P. (2013). Free knowledge thanks to creative commons licenses: Why a non-commercial clause often won't serve your needs

Kreutzer, T. (2014). Open content - a practical guide to using creative commons licences. Bonn, Köln, Berlin: German Commission for UNESCO; North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Centre (hbz); Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft fur Förderung Freien Wissens e.V. 

BMBF-strategy to promote Open Access

Open access is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), by setting a new open-access-clause for projects funded by the BMBF. This clause determines that all scientific articles from these founded projects have to be published under an open access model or have to be uploaded on a suitable document server after expiry of the embargo. The researchers remain free in their choice if at all and in which journal they decide to publish. By 2014 the Federal Government has created the legal basis with the introduction of the indispensable secondary exploitation rights for authors of scientific contributions.

Open-Access in Germany - Online-Publication (only in German)
BMBF-Funding guideline for the free flow of information in science (only in German)

BMBF - Post grant funding

To support researchers making their publications freely available to the public the BMBF provides funds to cover open access publications of expired BMBF-funded projects, up to 2400 € net. This fund is intended open access publication of scientists working at non-profit-organisations with expired projects funded by the BMBF.

Requirements for the Post-Grant-Reimburses:

  • The approval period of the BMBF-funded project has ended no more than three years ago (the three-year period is determined by the date of the application).
  • The content of the open access publication is based on the expired BMBF-funded project.
  • A binding offer for publication is submitted, but no contract has yet been signed.
  • The publication fee can not be financed by other institutions or donors. 

BMBF-Funding guideline for the free flow of information in science (only in German)

Open Access in Horizon 2020

Publications of the Horizon 2020 Project have to be published mandatory as open access. Hence, applicants have to upload all their manuscripts and scientific data to an adequate repository. The metadata records have to be freely available.

Further details: 

Open Access in H2020

Contact and individual advice

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail and arrange an individual consultation appointment if required.

Open Access Representative

Please direct all inquiries by e-mail:

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