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Open Access Publication Fund

The German Science Foundation (DFG) endorsed the university's grant proposal for the funding of open access publications in the years 2022 to 2024. For conditions during the transition phase into 2022 and those applicable from Jan. 1, 2022, see the section below.

Information on individual publishers (Frontiers, MDPI et al.) and on the DEAL partners (Springer Nature, Wiley) is available on the Open access in scientific journals page. For questions on open access publishing feel free to contact us.

Publication Fund – Transition into 2022

The open access publication fund expired on Dec. 31, 2021. Articles that are published after this date cannot be paid for out of the fund.
During a transition phase, the following applies: articles that were submitted for publication in an open access journal before Nov. 1, will be paid for according to the regulations of the current fund independent of their actual publication date. The university library will cover the costs currently paid for by the DFG (40%) for articles published after Dec. 31.

For submissions dating Nov. 1 or later and published on or after Jan. 1, 2022 the following applies:

  • DFG and university library will each contribute the fixed amount of 700 Euros per open access article.
  • Authors must contribute the amount exceeding these 1,400 Euros.
  • A price cap of 2,000 Euros (incl. VAT) applies. Articles with publication charges higher than this amount are not eligible for funding.

The established funding requirements of the university’s open access publication fund (see below) remain in place in 2022.
There is a strong consensus among the libraries in Lower Saxony to retain the price cap of 2,000 Euros (incl. VAT) to send a clear message to the publishers and to encourage reasonable and responsible pricing. The libraries will engage in negotiations with the publishers for discounts on publication charges to stay below this price cap.

The university library will continue to pay publication charges (Publish-and-Read Fees or PAR Fees) for hybrid open access publications within so-called transformative agreements (e.g. DEAL).


To qualify for funding, the following requirements have to be met

  • The author is a member of the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and
  • either "submitting" or "corresponding author", and
  • the journal is a "pure" open-access journal, i.e. all articles are open access immediately and fully at the time of their publication, and
  • a peer review guarantees the journal's articles' quality, and
  • APCs are not higher than 2,000 Euros (incl. VAT).

Be aware that all of these criteria have to be met to qualify for financial support!


In principle, APCs can be paid in three different ways:

  1. The BIS holds a deposit at an open-access publisher (e.g. BioMed Central) that is used to finance APCs. Authors should notify the BIS of their intention to publish in an open-access journal to receive an submission code that identifies them as a member of the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. When using this code a discount of 20% may apply.
  2. The BIS is the central-billing address for an open-access publisher (e.g. Frontiers), who sends APC invoices to the BIS. The abovementioned criteria are checked and APCs paid, if all criteria are met.
  3. Should the BIS not have any business relation with the open-access publisher, authors may submit their APC invoices to BIS after publication of their article. If all criteria are met, the stated amount will be paid from the fund.

For detailed information and questions feel free to contact the person listed at the top of the page.

[BIS intern]   (Changed: 2022-01-04)