Third-party funding

Funding by the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Grants for open access publications from DFG-funded projects

The DFG encourages grant recipients to publish their research results open access, either in fully open access journals (Golden Road) or in an institutional repository - preferably without embargo (Green Road).

The costs for open access publications that result from projects funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) can be financed through the internal project publication funds. Funds of up to 750 Euro per year can be used for publishing the project results. In the case of book publications with high production costs, authors may be eligible to receive up to 5,000 Euro per year, if the expenses are justified. For more information, please visit:

Grants for open access books from not DFG-funded projects

The publication grant of the German Research Foundation (DFG) supports researchers in publishing open access books that were not written as part of a DFG-funded project. The publication grant can be applied for works in which basic materialis made available for further research (such as editions of primary texts and manuscript material) and for works of exceptional scientific importance, which constitute the first publication of outstanding results. Funds for dissertations can only be awarded in exceptional cases. For more details, please read the DFG guidelines:

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Funding recipients are required to publish publications that have been made as part of BMBF-funded projects in open access. This can be realised by either publishing articles in fully OA journals (Golden Route) or uploading them to an institutional repository as a parallel publication (Green Route).

In BMBF funding proposals, funds can be requested to cover open access publication fees. This is expressly welcomed by the BMBF.



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