Publishing in Open Access journals
Publishing in Open Access journals is the so-called golden way of Open Access and means the first publication of an article in a freely accessible journal. Publication fees are often payable per publication.
Suitable Open Access journals
To make it easier for you to select a suitable Open Access journal, BIH's QUEST Center has developed an Open Access Journal positive list. It contains journals with high quality standards to protect you from publications in so-called predatory journals. In addition, you will receive information on publication costs and review times.
Predatory Open Access
So-called predatory journals are journals with no or inadequate quality assurance procedures. Like many OA journals, they are based on the APC funding model, i.e. the author pays publication fees for publication in these journals. The term predatory publishing has become established for this practice.
Open Access publication costs
The business models for financing Open Access publications are diverse. A widely used financing model is the collection of Article Processing Charges (APC) as a prerequisite for publication of the publication.
To promote the publication in open access journals, the QUEST – BIH Center for Transforming Biomedical Research offered in 2017 the payment of Open Access fees. A total of 29 publications in open access journals were financially supported by the publication fund.
As of 2018, an Open Access publication fund funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin is available. The publication fund finances articles published in OA journals by members of the Charité and which meet the conditions formulated by the DFG for coverage of costs. The fund is managed by the Medical Library. A total of around 700,000 euros will be available for financing OA publications in 2018 and 2019.
Further information about the Publication Fund can be found on the pages of the Charité Medical Library.
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) offers a further funding option for Open Access publications from completed BMBF-funded projects. The so-called post-grant fund covers the costs of publications up to three years after the end of a BMBF funding project.
Hybrid Open Access journals
Hybrid journals are journals in which both freely accessible articles ("Open Access" articles) and articles that are only accessible to subscribers to the journal are published. Such publication possibilities are offered under the names OpenChoice, Author's Choice or similar.
In principle, this model means that subscription as well as publication fees for such journals must be paid to the relevant publisher by the institutions. To avoid this negative effect, this model is not financially supported.
Publications under a Creative Commons license
We recommend that you provide your Open Access article with a Creative Commons License (CC-BY 4.0) so that third parties can re-use your work and open access is guaranteed. Further information