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Framework agreements with publishers

Depending on the publication type, Open Access publication charges (= APC Article Processing Charges) are treated differently:

APCs in pure OA journals may be subsidized.
Depending on the existing contract with the publisher, OA publishing in hybrid journals is included, discounted, or must be paid for in full. Fees of transformation contracts are centrally financed and/or, if applicable, allocated on a flat-rate basis (analogous to existing subscription contracts): no costs are incurred for the individual authors.

Regardless, there are publishers who will bill you individually per item. Others bill the APCs via a central collective invoice to the university library. The latter is a formal step that does not allow any conclusions regarding central cost absorption. If applicable, the UB will continue to bill in full (plus the applicable 19% tax) after publication. On the other hand, you will find contract offers on the publishers' homepages that the UB has not joined.

Further notes.

All this information refers only to the OA publication costs - color and page charges, review fees, overlength fees, etc. are additional services and will be billed directly to you in addition, if applicable.

As a rule, authors - as long as the article has not yet been published - can influence the license with which they publish their article.
Tübingen University Library recommends the Creative Commons module CC-BY or another Open Content license of the same scope.
The NC license module in particular does not meet the requirements for an Open Access publication in the true sense. You can read more about this here. If you need support, please ask at the UB.

ACS

Pure Open Access Journals:

No contract between ACS and the University of Tübingen.

Hybrid Journals:

Due to our contract, members of the university receive discounts on the list APCs. Different discount options are offered. An overview can be found here (Subscribing Institution Pricing column).
Individual billing to the author.
(Note: This is not a Transformative Agreement as defined by cOAlition S.)

BioMed Central BMC

The membership partnership model with BMC has ended.
The title portfolio is now covered by Springer Nature's Institutional Open Access Agreement (see there).

 

BMJ

Pure Open Access Journals:
Corresponding authors of the institution receive 15% discount on list APCs.
Central APC calculation to the university library. 
After deducting the subsidy from the Open Access Publication Fund, the remaining costs are charged to the authors after publication.

Hybrid Journals: 
Choosing the Open Access option does not affect the costs - you will not be charged. 

Special case: The BMJ 
15% discount on list APC for research articles, pass-through of discounted costs in full. Other article types are not covered under the contract.

Company of Biologists

Pure Open Access Journals:
No contract between The Company of Biologists and the University of Tübingen.

Hybrid Journals:
Choosing the Open Access option in the journals "Development", "Journal of Cell Science" and "Journal of Experimental Biology" does not affect the costs - you will not be charged. 

copernicus

Pure Open Access Journals:

No fixed price per item, APC is based on number of pages, no discounts agreed, individual reductions possible.
Central APC calculation to the university library. 
After deducting the subsidy from the Open Access Publication Fund, you will be charged for the remaining costs after publication.

 

CUP - Cambridge University Press

Pure Open Access journals:
Based on the existing contract, the university's corresponding authors publish unrestricted free of charge in the pure Open Access journals. Centralized billing to the University Library, you will not receive individual billing downstream. 

Hybrid journals: 
Choosing the Open Access option does not affect the cost - you will not be charged.

De Gruyter

Pure Open Access journals: 
Corresponding authors of the institution receive a discount of 20% on the list APCs.
Central APC calculation to the university library.  

After deducting the subsidy from the Open Access Publication Fund, the remaining costs are charged to the authors after publication.

Hybrid journals: 
Choosing the Open Access option does not affect the costs - you will not be charged.  

Frontiers

Pure Open Access journals: 

Eligible authors of the institution receive 10% discount on the list APCs. This discount may be combined with individual discounts.
Central APC calculation to the university library. 
After deducting the grant from the Open Access Publication Fund, you will be charged for the remaining costs after publication.

 

Hindawi

Pure Open Access Journals:

The majority of Hindawi journals will fall under the Wiley DEAL contract beginning in 2023: corresponding authors of the institution will receive a 20% discount on list APCs.
Central APC calculation to the university library. 
After deducting the grant from the Open Access Publication Fund, you will be charged for the remaining costs after publication.
Only one corresponding author (CA) can be specified in the submission workflow at Hindawi. This means: the author who is eligible (corresponding or first author of the institution) must submit and select the affiliation correctly.

The following Hindawi citations are NOT Wiley/Project DEAL eligible:

  • Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research
  • Genetics Research
  • Global Health, Epidemiology and Genomics
  • Journal of Smoking Cessation
  • Laser and Particle Beams
  • Wireless Power Transfer
  • Mental Illness
  • Advanced Gut & Microbiome Research
  • Adsorption Science & Technology
  • International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks
  • Journal of the Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System
  • Molecular Imaging

Hogrefe

Pure Open Access Journals:

Corresponding authors of the institution receive a 25% discount on list APCs of the journals 

  • European Journal of Psychology Open
  • Psychological Test Adaptation and Development (PTAD)
  • Sports Psychiatry - Journal of Sports and Exercise Psychiatry

Central APC calculation to the University Library. 
After deducting the grant from the Open Access Publication Fund, you will be charged for the remaining costs after publication.

Hybrid Journals: 
Choosing the Open Access option for journals in the contract package does not affect costs - you will not be charged. 

MDPI

Pure Open Access Journals:

Members of the university receive a 10% discount on list APCs. IOAP discount and voucher can be combined.

Individual itemized billing on the part of the publisher. Please submit publisher invoices to UB for payment.

After deducting the grant from the Open Access Publication Fund, you will be charged for the remaining costs after publication.

Microbiology Society

Pure open access journals:
Corresponding authors of the institution publish unrestrictedly free of charge in the journals due to the existing contract 

  • microbiology
  • Microbial Genomics
  • Access Microbiology

Central billing to the University Library, you will not receive downstream individual billing.

Hybrid journals:
Choosing the Open Access option does not affect the cost - you will not be charged. 

Please submit with your university email address, otherwise your article cannot be assigned to our contract.
This applies to articles accepted during the contract period (01/01 - 12/31/2023). The corresponding author must be a member of the institution at the time of acceptance.

Open Library of Humanities (OLH)

The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a nonprofit open access publisher for the humanities and social sciences.

OLH is funded by an international library consortium. Authors do not incur publication fees because Tübingen University Library supports the project.

The OLH publishes the megajournal Open Library of Humanities (comparable to PLoS one for the life sciences), provides a platform for nearly 30 journals in the humanities and social sciences, and supports teams of editors who wish to convert their journal to publication in Fair Open Access.
Link to the title list.

PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Hybrid Open Access at PNAS:

You can choose between immediate Open Access or delayed Open Access for your publication.

For immediate Open Access publishing, you will be charged USD 4,975 plus tax (USD 500 discount). This price includes all fees for articles up to 12 pages in length. You have the choice between CC BY-NC-ND or CC BY license.

Alternatively, your publication can appear in delayed Open Access. The price for this is USD 2,575 plus tax (again, complete for articles up to 12 pages in length). With delayed Open Access, all articles are published under CC BY-NC-ND license after a delay of 6 months - before that they are only visible to PNAS subscribers.

(Note: The University of Tübingen has not joined the Transformative Agreement as defined by cOAlition S).

Public Library of Science (PLoS)

Pure Open Access Journals:
Corresponding authors of the institution publish without restriction free of charge in all journals of the Public Library of Science (PLoS). This applies to articles accepted during the contract period (01/01/2023-31/12/2024).
Please select "My institution will fully pay" in the submission process for publication costs. Your institution can be the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen or the University Hospital Tübingen.
Central billing to the university library, you will not receive downstream individual billing.

Royal Society of Chemistry

Pure open access journals:
No special conditions.

Hybrid journals: 
Corresponding authors receive a 15% discount on OA costs if they use their university email address when submitting. 

(Note: The University of Tübingen has not joined the Transformative Agreement as defined by cOAlition S).

Royal Society of London

Pure Open Access Journals:

Corresponding authors of the institution publish unrestricted free of charge in the pure Open Access journals based on the existing contract. Central billing to the university library, you will not receive downstream individual billing.

Hybrid Journals:

Choosing the Open Access option does not affect the costs - you will not be charged.

Sage

Pure Open Access Journals:
Corresponding authors of the institution receive a 20% discount on list APCs.
Individual itemized billing on the part of the publisher. Please submit publisher invoices to UB for payment.
After deducting the grant from the Open Access Publication Fund, you will be charged for the remaining costs after publication.

Hybrid Journals: 
Choosing the Open Access option for journals in the contract package does not affect the cost - you will not be charged. 

 

Due to our contract you always have the possibility to choose the CC-BY license!

Science Advances (AAAS)

Pure open access journal Science Advances: 
Members of the institution receive a 15% discount on list APCs at Science Advances.
Individual itemized billing on the part of the publisher. Please submit publisher invoices to UB for payment.
After deducting the subsidy from the Open Access Publication Fund, you will be charged for the remaining costs after publication.

 

Springer Nature / Biomed Central / Springer Open

Pure Open Access Journals: 
Corresponding authors of the institution receive a 20% discount on list APCs (capped by contract, if applicable) due to the DEAL contract.
Central APC calculation to the University Library. 
After deducting the grant from the Open Access Publication Fund, you will be charged for the remaining costs after publication.

Hybrid journals:  
For Corresponding authors, the costs for the Open Access option are covered due to the DEAL contract. 

Nature-branded journals are not part of the contract.

 

The responsibility for costs lies explicitly with the institution at which the majority of the research for the article was conducted.

Thieme

Pure open access journals:
No special conditions.

Hybrid journals: 

The choice of the open access option for journals 

  • Methods of Information Medicine
  • Thrombosis and Haemostasis
  • International Journal of Sports Medicine 
  • Pharmacopsychiatry

 has no effect on the costs - you will not be charged any fees.

Wiley

Pure Open Access Journals: 
Corresponding authors of the institution receive a 20% discount on list APCs.
Central APC calculation to the university library. 
After deducting the grant from the Open Access Publication Fund, you will be charged for the remaining costs after publication.

Hybrid journals:  
For Corresponding authors, the costs for the Open Access option are covered due to the DEAL contract. 

 

The responsibility for costs lies explicitly with the institution at which the majority of the research for the article was conducted.