The world is only as large as the window we open to it

Open access stands for free, global access to research findings. A published contribution may permanently be read free of charge by anyone on the internet.

To make open access publications available free of charge for users worldwide, authors often have to meet the costs associated with publication themselves. Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) wants to promote open access in the long term and has established an open access publishing fund to cover these costs as part of the Open Access Publishing programme run by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Funding requirements:

  • Funding can only be provided for articles for which a member of FAU (according to Section 17 BayHSchG) is responsible for paying publication fees in their capacity as submitting author or corresponding author. The majority of the academic work should come from FAU.
  • The articles to be published must appear in true open access journals which make their articles available to users online free of charge upon publication and which use strict quality assurance procedures that are recognised by the academic community of the subject of the journal. A list of the journals for which funding may generally be provided can be found in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
  • The funding provided by the DFG may only be used to cover publication costs which do not exceed 2000 euros per article and for which the author has no alternative form of funding (e.g. third-party funding). The publication costs are understood as the invoice amount including value added tax. The invoice date and publication date must lie within the funding period for which the application is submitted. Money from a given funding period cannot be reserved for a date after the end of the period.
  • Funding cannot be provided for articles published according to the open choice model in journals requiring a subscription. In addition to Springer Open Choice this also includes, for example, Hogrefe OpenMind, ACS AuthorChoice, Wiley OnlineOpen and SAGE Choice.
  • The articles to be published should include a reference to the Open Access Publishing funding programme. Please use the following or a similar sentence: 'We acknowledge support by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) within the funding programme Open Access Publishing.'

Procedure for payment of invoices:

This process has been kept as simple and unbureaucratic as possible for the submitting author or corresponding author. After receiving the invoice, this author should email the invoice, along with any information required to check that the funding requirements are met (article title, journal, publisher, costs including/excluding VAT), to the head of the Open Access Department, Markus Putnings or better use the application form. The author will then receive a response as to whether the article is eligible for funding and whether funding is available. The invoice will be settled via bank transfer from the open access publishing fund within two to three weeks. Please inform us if payment is required within a shorter time frame. In these cases, payment may also be made via credit card or Paypal.

We are also happy to advise you in advance on the following:

  • open access journals which are suitable for funding
  • questions about funding requirements
  • questions about payment forms from publishers, e.g. our VAT number, signature, or similar
  • alternative forms of open access publication, such as secondary publication in the University's open access repository OPUS FAU
  • legal questions (Petra Heermann, phone: +49 9131 8523920)

Administration procedure and allocation of funding from the open access publishing fund

To ensure the greatest possible degree of transparency and for the purposes of the report for the DFG, articles which you have submitted will be included in an administrative list. Please inform us as soon as possible once an article has been accepted or rejected, or if the title or credited authors changes so that we can update the list.

Payments will be made in the order in which requests are submitted until 85 percent of the funding has been awarded. Subsequently, in the aim of fair allocation of funding, the remainder will be awarded to subjects which do not yet make widespread use of open access publication models and, accordingly, have been under-represented in the funding period so far.

OPUS FAU: the 'green road'

All publications which receive funding will be included in the University's open access repository OPUS FAU.

Many commercial publishers that do not offer any purely open access journals also allow parallel publication of planned or published articles in institutional open access repositories, either at the same time or after six months. More information is available under Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving. We recommend you make the most of this opportunity by archiving your publications in OPUS FAU whenever this is allowed by law. This will increase the visibility of your publications significantly and lead to more citations.

Contact person for open access: Mr Markus Putnings
Contact person for publication in OPUS: Ms Regina Heidrich
Contact person for legal questions about open access: Ms Petra Heermann


  • FAU open access policy text
  • Brochure 'Open access publishing at FAU – Tips for authors' German (pdf) / English (pdf)
  • Brochure 'arXiv - The world's biggest repository for physics, mathematics and computer science' German (pdf) / English (pdf)