Bielefeld University‘s Publication Fund supports the publication of open access monographs, edited volumes, contributions to edited volumes, and articles in open access journals. The resources for the fund are made available by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) and Bielefeld University’s Rectorate.
This funding instrument is aimed exclusively at scientists who are employed by Bielefeld University at the time of submission of the manuscript. They must be classified as “submitting author” or “corresponding author”.
- The articles are to be published in a journal whose articles are entirely open access. As a rule, such journals are listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). A searchable list of the most frequently cited, quality controlled open access journals can be found in this table. Contributions to open access edited volumes can only be funded if the complete volume is accessible in „Open Access“
- The publishers and journals use strict quality control procedures („peer review procedures“).
- Article processing charges can be can be supported with a funding amount of up to 2,000 euros. Any charges beyond this must be borne by the authors from their own resources („co-payment“). In order to enable the University Library to process the invoice and to transfer both partial amounts to the publisher, a cost centre account must be specified.
- The submitting author must ensure that the funded publication includes the following acknowledgment:
"I/We acknowledge support for the Article Processing Charge by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the Open Access Publication Fund of Bielefeld University."
- Bielefeld University has concluded agreements relating to the funding of article processing charges with the publishers BMC, PLOS, Frontiers, MDPI, Cogitatio Press, and Copernicus. When the above-mentioned funding criteria are met, the Publication Fund will cover the publication fees without the authors having to submit an application for funding. However, it is essential that the article be submitted from Bielefeld University’s IP range!
- There is a separate agreement with the publisher Wiley in the context of the DEAL consortium. Please observe the instructions for submission to Wiley journals.
- When submitting your manuscript to the publisher, please give the following billing address: Bielefeld University Library, Acquisitions Dept., PO Box 10 02 91, 33502 Bielefeld, Germany.
- State the University Library’s VAT ID number: DE 811307718.
- Request the publisher to state its VAT ID number and the name of the submitting author on the invoice.
- If the publisher nevertheless sends the invoice to you, please forward it to email@example.com.
- Funding is provided for scientific publications of authors who are employed as scientists with Bielefeld University at the time of submission of the manuscript to the publisher.
- Funding is not provided for the publication of Bachelor theses, or Master theses.
- Monographs and edited volumes will be supported with a funding amount of up to 4,500 euros. Any charges beyond this must be borne by the authors from their own resources („co-payment“).
- Funded publications must include the following acknowledgement:
"I/We acknowledge support for the Article Processing Charge by the Open Access Publication Fund of Bielefeld University."
The publication fee charged by the publisher to the author must first be paid by the author him- or herself, either from a faculty cost centre account or from personal funds. (Funding towards the costs of monographic publications was formerly known as a „printing allowance“.) The invoice received from the publisher can be subsequently submitted with the application for funding from the Publication Fund.
- Complete the online form.
- Scan the publisher’s invoice and upload it.
- If the publication fee was paid from university funds, it is sufficient to state the corresponding cost centre account to enable the funding amount to be transferred.
- If the publication fee was paid out of personal funds, a number of personal details of the author are required to enable the funding amount to be transferred (see online form).
All funded publications are archived by Bielefeld University Library in the institutional repository PUB - Publications at Bielefeld University. In order to render transparent the price development of fee-based open access publishing, Bielefeld University’s Publication Fund participates in the OpenAPC initiative.