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Open access in scientific journals

Open access publishing in scientific journals often entails costs for the author, so-called "article-processing charges", also known as publication fees. See the following for details on reducing these costs with certain publishers.

The Directory of Open Access Journals ( currently lists ca. 11.000 open-access journals and is a reliable service to find the appropriate one for your publication.

Information on the Open Access Publication Fund can be found here.

BioMed/Chemistry Central and SpringerOpen

BioMed Central publishes approximately 200 open access journals as an independent publisher, including Chemistry Central and SpringerOpen journals. Publications of scientific articles in these journals are financed by publication fees (article-processing charges, APC). The author must pay these fees, which range from 785 to 2045 euros.

Because the University of Oldenburg is a member of the BioMed Central membership programme, Oldenburg academics receive a 20% discount on the article-processing charges provided they are corresponding or submitting author of the publication. The BIS manages the University of Oldenburg's membership. It pays the charges due for article processing to BioMed Central in advance, and the author undertakes to reimburse the BIS for these costs.

To receive the discount as an Oldenburg academic you need to supply certain authentification information when submitting your manuscript for publication. Please inquire at the BIS (see above for contact info) and we will send you a submission code that will identify you as a member of the Carl von Ossietzky University. Billing will then go through the BIS.

"Frontiers in" Journals

The "Frontiers in" journal series with 54 open-access journals covers more than 400 specialties across academia. All articles are "gold" open access under the CC-BY Creative Commons license. Frontiers received the ALPSP Gold Award for Innovation in Publishing in 2014, has publishing agreements with many universities, and collaborates with Nature Publishing Group, Scientific American, Digital Science, OpenAire, CrossRef, OASPA, COPE, Jacobs Foundation, and others to advance Open Science worldwide.

The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg is an institutional member of Frontiers and has a Central Invoicing Arrangement where article processing charges for all articles by affiliated authors will be billed to the Library and Information System BIS.


MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, was founded by researchers in Basel, Switzerland in 1996 as an institute to collect, preserve and redistribute rare chemical samples for research purposes. In 2010, MDPI AG was formally registered in Basel as a professional publishing house while the original institute was restructured and retained its original purpose.
In 2015, the more than 150 MDPI journals received over 40.000 manuscript submissions, of which nearly 52% were rejected. Authors retain the copyright of their papers, and all papers are released under the Creative Commons by Attribution (CC-BY) license, thus allowing maximum dissemination and re-use of the research reported in our journals.

The BIS Library and Information System participates in MDPI's Institutional Open Access Program, and authors from the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg receive a 25% discount on the APC. The central billing is administrated by the BIS.
In 2016, APCs for seven articles were financed through the fund, in 2017, it was 13 articles.

"German Medical Science" portal

German Medical Science does not offer authors the possibility to reduce their publication costs. However as an important portal for medical open access publications it deserves to be mentioned here.

German Medical Science (GMS), the interdisciplinary portal of the German Association of the Scientific Medical Societies (AWMF) offers peer-reviewed, high quality medical science articles. All articles published on the GMS portal are open access.
GMS charges publication fees. They are generally paid by the publishing medical society. The cost depends on the number of articles to be published (price lists on request: info(at)egms.atede (info5gx9@eqhlfgms.i7de)).

PLOS Public Library of Science

PLOS (Public Library of Science) is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization founded to accelerate progress in science and medicine. PLOS publishes a number of open-access journals (PLOS Biology, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Medicine et al.).
The journal PLOS ONE ( ) features reports of original research from all disciplines within science and medicine, and provides a platform to publish primary research, including interdisciplinary and replication studies as well as negative results. The journal’s publication criteria are based on high ethical standards and the rigor of the methodology and conclusions reported.

The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg has a central-billing agreement with PLOS that invoices will be sent directly to the BIS. Since 1 January, if all criteria are met, APCs will be paid for from the university's open access puublication fund. Due to PLOS's price range of APCs, this is valid only for articles published in PLOS ONE.

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