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Financing Open Access Publications

In the traditional publishing model, libraries and readers pay for access to journals and books. In the open access system, the authors and their institution bear the costs of publication. Publications can then be accessed and used internationally.

At the TU, open access publications are financed through:

  • Third-party or institute/department funding
  • The publication fund
  • Discounts on publication fees

The TU Publication Fund

Starting in 2017, with support of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), the TU Berlin is establishing a publication fund to support university researchers’ publications in open access journals.

Available balance for the current year (as of: 31 December 2017): 31.276,64 EUR (out of the original 62,720 EUR).

Funding Conditions

Application Checklist

Principles of Distribution


List of Articles That Received Funding

Discounts for TU Members

The TU has arranged special terms with certain open access publishers, creating opportunities for discounts.

  1. BioMed Central
    TU members can receive partial funding for publication fees from BioMed Central. Please contact the OA team via email to get credentials for the submission process.
    BioMed Central (BMC)
  2. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
    MDPI publishes more than 150 open access journals. Members of the TU Berlin receive a 25% discount on publication fees. Please submit your article from an IP address on the TU campus
    Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
  3. Knowledge Unlatched
    Knowledge unlatched provides TU members an opportunity to publish in 21 different journals of humanities, sociology, linguistics and economics exempt from charges. If you are interested, please contact the open access team by mail.
    Title list of journals


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Zusatzinformationen / Extras


Dagmar Schobert
Tel.: +49 30 314-76127
Michaela Voigt
Tel.: +49 30 314-76130
Steffi Grimm

Tel.: +49 30 314-76132