Funding models for article processing charges

Publishing journal articles involves costs for authors.
In case of an Open Access publication Freie Universität
provides following funding options:


If you require any further information, please contact the Document Server Editorial Team:

Phone: (030) 838-54276

Publication Fund

The Open Access Publication Fund was established in 2012 with funding by the German Research Fundation (DFG) and by Freie Universität. The Open Access Publication Fund's purpose is to cover charges for articles published by Freie Universität Berlin members in open-access journals, provided they fulfill the requirements for payment set forth by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The Fund is administered by the University Library.

All articles funded to date are deposited in the University's institutional repository and can be viewed here:

2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012

In February 2013, Freie Universität's Executive Board decided that the University will continue to support its members through the publication fund when the German Research Foundation (DFG) cancels the program in 2020.

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The German Research Foundation (DFG) has set the following conditions for the funding of publication fees:

1. The article must be published in a "genuine" open-access journal. The open-access journal in which the article is published must have quality-assurance procedures ("peer review") in place. All articles in those journals must be openly accessible free of charge immediately and completely as soon as they are published.

2. Publication fees may be paid from funds made available by the DFG only if they do not exceed €2,000 per article (19% VAT included).

3. Funding will be provided only if a Freie Universität member is responsible for the settlement of the publication fee as "submitting" or "corresponding" author.

4. No funding will be provided for articles published in subscription-based journals with paid-open-access
options (e.g. Wiley OnlineOpen or Open-Choice).

5. No reimbursement will be made for publication fees that have been settled using external funding.


Please note:
To ensure payment of invoices by the end of the year, we kindly ask you to submit them until  Dec. 06. All later entries can only be paid in January 2018.

Please check whether the open-access journal to which you submit your article fulfills the conditions for funding. If your publication meets the criteria, there are two possible procedures, depending on the situation:

A) You have submitted your manuscript to the publisher

Please fill in the web-form.
Additionally send us an e-mail with the publisher's price quote at or at the following address by postal mail:

Freie Universität Berlin
Redaktion Dokumentenserver
Garystr. 39
14195 Berlin

In your article, please mention the provision of funding through the Freie Universität Berlin Open Access Publication Fund.

We acknowledge support by the German Research Foundation and the OpenAccess Publication Fund of Freie Universität Berlin


We acknowledge support by the Open Access Publication Fund of Freie Universität Berlin

After the publisher’s invoice has been paid by the library, you will receive a message from the Institutional Repository Editorial Team. As soon as your article is published, it will also be made available worldwide through the institutional repository.

B) Your article has already been published in a journal and the fee has been paid by your department

Please complete the application form, print it out and send both the form and a copy of the publisher's invoice to the following address:

Freie Universität Berlin
Redaktion Dokumentenserver
Garystr. 39
14195 Berlin


We will let you know you immediately whether the publication fee can be covered or not.
If you require any further information, please contact



Institutional Memberships

In March 2017, Freie Universität Berlin concluded agreements with renowned Open Access publishers. The memberships contribute substantially to making the Open Access publishing less bureaucratic. Open Access should form an integral publication mode. Members of Freie Universität submit their articles as corresponding or submitting author as usual and they do not have to take care of paying the publication fees.

The published articles will be indexed by the scientific citation service Web of Science.
In addition, all publications will also be deposited in the institutional repository.

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PLOS ONE is a multidisciplinary Open Access Journal offered by the Public Library of Science and covering all disciplines within science and medicine.

Do you want to publish in PLOS ONE?

  • Please follow the Submission Guidelines (Editorial Manager).
  • While submitting your manuscript, please indicate Freie Universität Berlin
    as your institution/affiliation (see screenshot).
  • The billing (invoice) goes directly to Freie Universität Berlin.
  • The publication fee is fixed to 1850,00 USD.

Frontiers Media S.A. is an open access publisher of scientific articles in fields ranging from biomedicine and physics or engineering to arts humanities.

Do you want to publish in Frontiers?

  • Submit your manuscript via the website (Login)
  • If you have questions concerning the procedure, please consult the Frontiers Help Center.
  • After you have uploaded your documents, you have to select Freie Universität Berlin as institution listed in the section headed "Choose Payer".
  • The publication fee is fixed to 1850,00 USD.

Cogitatio Press is a Portuguese open access publisher currently publishing four journals in social sciences. All journals are indexed in DOAJ and are published under the CC-BY license.

Do you want to publish in Cogitatio Press?

  • Please select the journal (Media and Communication | Politics and Governance | Social Inclusion | Urban Planning).
  • Submit your manuscript via the website (Login) of the journal.
  • The publisher grants 20% discount from the article processing fee.
  • This reduced publication fee is covered from the Open Access Publication Fund of Freie Universität Berlin.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

Open Access Voucher

Some publishers offer reduced fees or vouchers to the participating institutions. Within the framework of so-called Alliance licenses the publications can be directly provided in Open Access. An example of this is the Open Access Token of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

Please note: We are currently unable to offer you any Open Access Vouchers.

Transparency (project INTACT)

The project “INTACT - Transparent Infrastructure for Article Charges” aims at establishing transparent and efficient procedures to manage article processing charges (APC) for open access publications.

Since 2014, Freie Universität Berlin has been participating in the project INTACT and has been documenting paid article processing charges.

A Treemap visualizes the outgoings, categorized by Publisher.