Open Access Books

Funding for Open Access Books

The publication fund provides subsidies for open access books. Eligible for funding are complete monographs and anthologies, but not monographic dissertations and individual anthology contributions.


  • Third-party funds available to finance publication fees must be used as a priority.
  • Please submit your manuscripts to publishers with your ORCID iD whenever possible.
  • How much is the funding?
  • Who is eligible for funding?
  • What requirements must be met?
  • Funding Notice
  • Application
  • Consultation

How much is the funding?

Based on the publisher's cost calculation, the Open Access Team checks whether the publishing services and costs are in reasonable proportion and calculates an individual funding limit on this basis. The absolute funding limit is 7,000 EUR (incl. tax). A combination with other funds (e.g. budget funds) is possible.

Who is eligible for funding?

Eligible for funding are full-time professors and research assistants who are in an employment relationship with Leuphana as well as internal scholarship holders. Professors and research assistants who are only working temporarily or as guests, external scholarship holders and registered doctoral students without employment relationship with Leuphana are not eligible for funding. This employment relationship with Leuphana has to exist until the time of the final print approval by the publisher.

What requirements must be met?

  • the publication must have undergone a professional review process (peer review or editorial review). There is transparent proof of quality assurance by the publisher or a quality guarantee by the editorial board. The publisher should be listed in the DOAB (Directory of Open Access Books) or be a member of OASPA (Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association).
  • the publisher has provided a transparent cost calculation. This should clearly indicate the open-access-related services and costs. The total costs must be in reasonable proportion to the services offered by the publisher.
  • the book is published under a free licence (recommended: Creative Commons licences CC BY 4.0 or CC BY-SA 4.0). The editors / authors transfer only a non-exclusive usage right to the publisher.
  • the publication is DRM-free (without copy protection).
  • the publication receives a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
  • the open access version of the book is published at the same time as the print version (if available).
  • the publication should be listed in the DOAB and referenced in the OAPEN Library (Open Access Publishing in European Networks).
  • the book contains a Leuphana funding notice.
  • the affiliation of the editors/authors to Leuphana is indicated in the book.
  • the publishing contract (prior to being signed by the authors) and the imprint (prior to publication of the book) are to be submitted to the Open Access Team.

Funding Notice

All funded books should contain a funding notice:

German publication
Diese Publikation wurde gefördert durch den Open-Access-Publikationsfonds der Leuphana Universität Lüneburg.     

English publication
This publication was funded by the Open Access Publication Fund of the Leuphana University Lüneburg.


Requests should be submitted to the Open Access Team at an early stage - i.e. if possible at the time of the search for a publisher - so that compliance with the funding criteria can be ensured in time. Funding requests should be sent to

Ideally, authors should submit at least two publishing house offers (cost calculations) to the Open Access Team for comparison. The calculations should clearly specify the open access-related services and costs, as well as the expected number of pages and the sales price of the print edition. In consultation with the authors, the preferred publisher's offer will then be selected.

The funding commitments are valid for 12 months. If the publication has not taken place by the end of this period, a new funding application must be submitted.


If you have any questions regarding the funding of open access books, the Open Access Team will be pleased to support you:


Gesa Baron
Universitätsallee 1, CB.107
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-1183

Martin Bilz
Universitätsallee 1, CB.105
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-1113