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HHU Open Access Fund

As a researcher at HHU, you’re as corresponding or submitting author able to use our online form to apply for funding for your open access publications.

As a rule, only publications published exclusively in fully open access journals or books can be funded.

Journals must be listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). For open access books, the publisher must be listed in the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) or be a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA).

For contributions to journals or anthologies, the publication fee (APC) may not exceed €2,000 (net). Proportionate funding cannot be provided.

You can apply for a maximum of €5,000 for open access monographs; proportionate funding is available for this.

The total funding amount is limited. Funds are disbursed in the order in which applications are received (first come, first served).

Articles in journals that actually finance themselves through a subscriptions model but make individual articles available via open access for a fee (e.g. SAGE Choice, Elsevier sponsored articles, etc.) are not eligible for funding.

No articles can be funded for which publication funding has been or is being obtained elsewhere (e.g. as part of third-party funded projects).

HHU must be specified as the affiliation.

Feel free to contact us before you apply. This will allow us to clarify in advance whether funding will actually be possible and to help you to find alternative publishing options as necessary.

If the publication fee exceeds the eligible amount of €2,000 (excl. VAT), it may be possible to request a fee reduction from the publisher so that funding can be granted after all. In such cases, please contact us before submitting your article.

Please use our online form to apply for funding as early as possible. We’ll let you know as soon as possible whether the publication fee can be covered.

Please note that funding approval is only valid for 12 months and applies exclusively for the data specified in your application. Therefore, please inform us immediately of any changes in the funding-relevant criteria of your publication, in particular a change of journal/ anthology or publisher or corresponding resp. submitting author.

Please let us know as soon as possible if your article is not published after all or you no longer wish to take advantage of our funding for other reasons so that we can release the funds.

Please use our online form to apply.

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