We are delighted that, in addition to publications in the Wiley and Springer Nature publishers, we are also able to provide special support for publications in Elsevier. No separate application is required for publications with these publishers. In addition, the costs for open access publications are covered in full. There is therefore no maximum funding limit.
Publishing in open-access journals may incur costs in the form of Article Processing Charges (APCs). In many cases, such costs must be borne by authors.
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and the University Medical Center Mainz finance the publication of research results of their staff in open access journals by means of their Open-Access Publication Fund. Since 2022, this fund is again being co-financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Every paper worthy of support will be funded to the tune of €2,000, of which €700 will be provided by the DFG and €1,300 will stem from central funds.
What are the funding criteria?
Who is eligible to submit an application for funding for Open Access Publishing?
How to apply for APC reimbursement?
You can find this out by locating the journal in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), which only includes peer-reviewed academic journals that are available online and free-of-charge as soon as they are published.
How can I avoid paying VAT twice on foreign invoices?
If the publisher is based outside Germany, it will normally charge you the VAT applicable in the country in which it is based. To avoid this, please provide the publisher with the international VAT number of the University Medical Center Mainz: DE 149065652.. This will mean you will not need to pay VAT both in the country of the publisher and in Germany.
Special conditions with publishers
You will find further information on special conditions with various publishers on the homepage of the JGU Library (GER). Please note that for articles published in one of these journals, an application for funding through the Open Access Publication fund can only be applied for after publication (same conditions and procedure as described above).
Predatory Open Access
To assist you in identifying predatory Open Access journals, the Working Group of the Publication Fund of JGU and UMC have put together a handout with and overview of the issue and what to be aware of when vetting journals for publication of your research or for joining their editorial board. You can find the handout in our Downloads section.