Funding conditions

The publication fund provides financial help for publishing in open access journals.

While traditional journals are supported through subscription fees and are only available to a privileged few, the open access business model supports journals through direct payments from authors. Under this model, the author’s institution or funder pays a fee for a publication, so that it is immediately made open and accessible to all readers worldwide for free.

Such publication fees are sometimes called Article Processing Charges or Article Fees or Publication Fees. The Open Access Publication Fund of Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin will cover these fees for journal articles published in 2018 and 2019 under the following conditions.

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DFG funding conditions apply:

Your article is eligible for payment of publication fees from our fund under the following conditions:

  • The article’s "Submitting" or "Corresponding Author" is a member of the CharitéUniversitätsmedizin Berlin and responsible for payment of Article Processing Charges (APCs) or publication fees. Please read theCharité Affiliation Guidelines  (available only via the Intranet!).
  • The article is published in a scholarly, “genuine” open access journal. This means that all content in the journal is completely barrier free, and can be read immediately upon publication by everyone worldwide. The journal must have a scholarly quality assurance process, for example peer review. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) lists such journals.
    (Journals where some individual articles are made open access upon payment while other articles remain behind payment barriers are known as hybrid journals, and do not qualify for funding.)
  • Total publication costs including VAT do not exceed €2000 per article. Partial (or shared) payment is not possible.
    (Please note that 19% VAT will be charged through the reverse charges mechanism so that the price limit is €1680 before VAT. So that publishers will not add VAT to the quote or invoice, please give publishers from outside of Germany the Charité VAT-ID: DE228847810.)
  • The article should be published under a Creative Commons License (CC BY is preferred).
  • Publication fees that have already been paid from third party funds, or where third party funds are available for publication fees, cannot be funded.

Recognition of support is requested. We recommend that you include this text:
We acknowledge support from the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Open Access Publication Fund of CharitéUniversitätsmedizin Berlin.

Payment will be made for successful applications in 2019 for articles published and invoiced in 2018 or 2019. Should an early depletion of the fund in 2019 be foreseeable or 75% of the fund spent, funding conditions may change. Information about changes will be announced on this website.

Once it is published, the article will also be made available worldwide via the Institutional Repository of the Freie Universität Berlin.

Detailed information about the Charité publication fund can be found here.