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Financing for Open Access Books

Funding conditions

General information

The combination of funding with other funds is possible. There is a maximum funding limit; exceptions are possible in justified cases.

Requirements for publications

  • So far unpublished Open Access books and anthologies (primary publication) are eligible for support up to a maximum funding sum.
  • Publications resulting from third-party funded projects, where third-party funding is still available to cover publishing fees, cannot be supported through the central publication fund.
  • Eligible costs are those incurred in creating the digital version of the publication. Printing costs are not eligible for funding.
  • Excellent doctoral theses of the TU Berlin are eligible for funding. Other Theses are not eligible for funding through the Publication Fund.
  • The publication must include an acknowledgement that it was funded by the TU Berlin publication fund when it is published
  • The affiliation of the authors must be clearly recognizable in the publication. When stating the affiliation to the university, the affiliation guideline of the TU Berlin must be observed (cf. Affiliation Guideline TU Berlin).

Open Access

  • All components of the funded work must be permanently accessible worldwide at no cost to readers immediately upon publication.
  • The publication of the OA version takes place at the same time as or before any parallel print version. The publication will be clearly marked as an OA publication on the publisher's website and in the print publication.
  • Funding is provided for scientific publications that appear under the Creative Commons CC BY license.
  • Adequate labeling includes the free access and the free license.
  • All funded monographs and edited volumes are permanently archived on the TU Berlin's repository DepositOnce and made accessible online. Linking the publication to further resources such as research data, which are also made available according to the principles of Open Access, is desirable.

Requirements for the publisher

  • The publisher provides detailed information on workflow, rights transfer, and costing, including OA costs, in the form of a prepared checklist.
  • The publisher should be listed as an OA publisher, for example in the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB). 
  • The publisher should follow the "Quality standards for Open Access books" (german) of AG Universitätsverlage.


Members of the TU Berlin are eligible to apply (according to § 43 Berliner Hochschulgesetz). The person is responsible for payment of publication fees as author or editor.

  • An application for payment of publication costs should be made as soon as contract negotiations with a publisher are initiated. The order of funding is generally determined by the date of application.
  • The applicant's ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is expected to be provided.
  • Accepted funds are available for a duration of 12 months. If the publication has not been published within this period, a new application for funding must be submitted.
  • The publisher’s invoice must be directed to your institutional adress (institute name must come first) and include the following information: The VAT ID (Umsatzsteuer-ID-Nr.) of the publisher, the TU Berlin VAT ID (DE 811 231 089) and additionally for foreign invoices the net amount (without VAT / Mehrwertsteuer). Send the original invoice via E-Mail or to the university library at: Universitätsbibliothek der TU Berlin, Abt. Publikationsdienste, Fasanenstraße 88, 10623 Berlin. The university library will execute the payment.

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