Open Access Funding

You publish - we support you!

In addition to the regular literature funds, the UL manages a DFG-funded publication fund.
The aim is to support authors by paying publication fees (e.g. Article Processing Charges: APCs) for Open Access publications (journals, monographs and collective works).

funding opportunities

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Our open access team:

The Open Access team will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have about Open Access:

Your contact persons:

Dr. Eike Spielberg
+49 (0) 201 183 3689

Katrin Wibker
University Clinic Essen
+49 (0) 201 723 3330

Dorothee Graf
Funding of monographs
+49 (0) 201 183 3721

Send your invoice to:

Universitäty Library Duisburg-Essen
Open Access Team
LK Library
Lotharstr. 65
D - 47057 Duisburg

Funding of articles

The deadline for submitting invoices from 2023 expired on 31 March 2024.

Information on publisher-specific funding conditions and UDE memberships (e.g. with MDPI and Frontiers)

Use this application form to apply for publication costs (full and partial funding)

Requirements for funding

Who can apply for funding?

  • You are a member of the University of Duisburg-Essen and a corresponding author responsible for the payment of article processing charges (APCs) in an open access journal
  • The University of Duisburg-Essen or the University Hospital must be specified as the first affiliation

In which Open Access journals can you publish?

  • The article must appear in a journal whose articles are accessible to users free of charge via the Internet immediately upon publication
  • The journal must be a "genuine open access journal" that is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals and that applies recognised, strict quality assurance procedures in the respective subject area
  • Articles in so-called hybrid journals - subscription-based journals with open access options - and in mirror journals cannot be funded
  • Information on the assumption of publication fees in hybrid journals of individual publishers within the framework of transformation agreements can be found in the publisher-specific funding options
  • Please also note the information on dubious publishers, so-called predatory publishing


  • Use this application form to apply for publication costs (full and partial funding)
  • You can also use it to apply for billing via your cost centre/PSP element/third-party funding account (e.g. for hybrid articles and articles from journals not eligible for funding)
  • For the time being, invoices from the Faculty of Medicine are excluded here. For publication fees over €2,000, you can apply for reimbursement of up to a maximum of €2,000 of the fees via the application form after paying the invoice


  • Please upload the invoice and any other documents in the application form
  • VAT/VAT must not be shown on an invoice from abroad, the publisher may require the VAT ID of the UDE: DE 811 272 995

Invoice address University of Duisburg-Essen

University Library Duisburg-Essen
Open Access Team
Branch Library LK
Lotharstr. 65
47057 Duisburg

Invoice address UK-Essen

University Hospital Essen AöR
Invoice office
Hufelandstr. 55
45122 Essen


CC licences

  • We recommend the use of the Creative Commons licence CC BY, which provides the greatest possibility of re-use for your work. The less restrictive Creative Commons licences CC BY or CC BY-SA are also recommended in the UDE Open Access Policy
  • Further information on the CC licences can be found here


  • The articles must contain a reference to the funding (e.g. "We acknowledge support by the Open Access Publication Fund of the University of Duisburg-Essen.")

Who can help?

The Open Access team will be happy to advise you on all aspects of Open Access:

Funding of monographs

The following guidelines apply to funding monographs or collective works from the Open Access Monographs Publication Fund:

Members of the UDE are eligible for funding as authors or editors .

Scope of funding

  • The funding amount per publication is 4,500 € (gross).
    In the event of higher expenditure due to page size, a large number of illustrations and tables or high costs for image rights or licenses, this sum can be increased to a maximum of 6,000 € (gross).
  • Only costs for a genuine open-access publication will be funded; costs for a simultaneous print edition will not be funded.
  • Pro rata funding is possible.
  • The funding is limited to one publication per author per funding year.
  • A commitment for funding can only be guaranteed for a period of up to 12 months in order not to commit funds too long-term.

Quality assurance

  • Quality assurance must be granted (e.g. through peer review, peer reviewers, editors, scientific editing, etc.).
    This is common for publishers listed in the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB).

Legal information

  • The publication is made under an Open Access compliant license, a CC-BY license is recommended. In addition, the publications receive Persistent Identifiers, i.e. a DOI or URN.
  • The rights to illustrations and other third party material have been clarified.
  • Long-term archiving must be guaranteed (e.g. via the German National Library)

Legal notice / Imprint

  • Information on Open Access and the CC license is clearly contained in the imprint of the online and print editions.
  • Upon publication, the publications (print and online editions) contain a note that they were funded by the UDE publication fund.

The funded publications are made available on the UDE document server DuEPublico.

Please enter your data on the publication for which you would like to apply for funding in the form.
You are welcome to contact us in advance by phone or e-mail for advice.

Dorothee Graf
+49 (0) 201 183 3721

Please note:
All contents on these pages are for information purposes only and are not legally binding.