Open Access Journals

Publishing in an Open Access journal or by an Open Access publisher is called the 'golden road'. The process of submission and peer review in Open Access journals is just like in traditional journals. However, publishing open access does not mean publishing for free. Costs are usually covered by an author-pays-model or other models.


How to finance publication fees

Since 2011 the University of Würzburg and the German Research Foundation (DFG) will fund publishing in Open Access journals and finance publication fees or article processing charges.

In 2017 and 2018 the publication fund of the University of Wuerzburg will be again financially supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Article processing charges resp. publication fees could be funded with 70 % while our publication fund lasts and the author doesn’t have any budget for publishing or projects. Anyway, authors can already insert the funding notice in the articles and inform the University Library about their submitted publications.

Procedure for authors

Authors have to inform the University Library via e-mail ( about their submitted publication under specification of corresponding author, all authors, title, journal, date of submission and the expected costs. If the publication is accepted by the journal, the author informs the University Library and receives feedback about the amout of funding. The invoice can be send to or to the following address: Universitätsbibliothek, z. Hd. Kristina Hanig, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg.

Procedure (pdf-file)

In case the financial means are exhausted the author will be charged a share of the publication fees at the end of the year if there are no other possibilities for financing.


Only those publications can be funded that are submitted by a member of the University of Würzburg as the corresponding author to an Open Access journal with a peer review process and a Creative Commons license (CC by). Neither publication fees exceeding 2,000 Euro resp. 2,250 USD (considering changes in currency exchange rates) nor publications in journals with subscription fees can be funded. Every funded publication must refer to the funding, e. g. "This publication was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the University of Wuerzburg in the funding programme Open Access Publishing.".

Checklist for Requirements (pdf-file)

After the article is published in an open access journal it will be published too with OPUS Würzburg.

Contact: Kristina Hanig or Dr. Diana Klein; Tel.: +49 (0)931/31-84637, E-Mail:

List of funded articles from December 2014 until December 2015 (pdf-file)

List of funded articles from from November 2013 until December 2014 (pdf-file)

List of funded articles from January until October 2013 (pdf-file)

List of funded articles in 2012 (pdf-file)

List of funded articles in 2011 (pdf-file)

Where can I find relevant Open Access journals?

There are already several Open Access journals in many disciplines. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) will give you an overview of currently more than 5,700 peer reviewed journals.

BioMed Central as an autonomous online-publisher gives free access to more than 200 Open Access journals. The University of Würzburg is an institutional member of BioMed Central. Thus, the publication fee is reduced by 20% for members of the university.

Here you will get information on publishing in BMC journals and view a list of articles that have been published by local scientists.

By publishing articles in BioMed Central authors can benefit and gain the following advantages:

  • Copyright
    You will keep the copyright on your research articles. Post the results of your research on your personal homepage or send it to whoever you want by e-mail.
  • Rapid publishing procedure
    You will profit from a fast online peer review. The article will be published as soon as it is accepted.
  • Free Access
    Your article is available via internet all over the word immediately after publishing.
  • Indexing in databases
    Immediately after publishing the article is avalaible in PubMed and other leading bibliographic databases.

Public Library of Science (PLoS) was founded by Harold E. Varmus and other researchers. It offers an alternative to publishing in expensive journals like Nature and Science, but keeps up with their high quality standards. By now, there are several PLoS journals, e. g. PLoS Biology, PLoS Medicine, PLoS One and four other. Similar to BioMed Central, expenses are covered by the authors.

Other Open Access journals

Please contact Kristina Hanig or Dr. Diana Klein ( for information about BioMed Central, PLoS and other Open Access journals. For detailed information, please make an appointment for a meeting.

If you want to establish your own Open Access journal, the university library will help you. Please contact Kristina Hanig (