Open Access Strategy of Forschungszentrum Jülich

Entry into force: 1 January 2023

Forschungszentrum Jülich welcomes and supports the transition of scientific publishing to open access, including within the framework of national and international initiatives.

1. Diamond open access

a) Forschungszentrum Jülich offers the option of publishing journal articles and monographs through its publishing house free of charge with the diamond open access model.

b) The publication of the scientific findings of Forschungszentrum Jülich using the diamond open access model is explicitly encouraged. Forschungszentrum Jülich can contribute within the scope of the library budget to funding publisher-independent publication options in line with the principle of diamond open access.

2. Gold open access

a) Article processing charges (APCs) for gold open access journals are covered up to the amount of € 3,000 by the publication fund managed by the Central Library (ZB) when the corresponding author is from Forschungszentrum Jülich. *1

b) APCs for gold open access monographs are covered up to the amount of € 5,000 by the publication fund managed by ZB when the corresponding author or editor is from Forschungszentrum Jülich. If several authors or editors from different institutions are involved, the costs should ideally be shared between the various institutions.

3. Green open access

a) ZB completes – as far as possible – the data sets in JuSER by adding the publishers’ versions of publications.

b) The authors or the organizational units send the “Final Draft Post Referee” version of publications to ZB. ZB clarifies secondary-use copyright issues and uploads the publications to Forschungszentrum Jülich’s repository accordingly (cf. Directive No. 2/2020 “Publications by Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH”).

4. Subscription journals

a) Through active collection management of subscription journals, ZB ensures that the increasing financial requirements of the publication fund are covered where possible by procurement resources that become available due to subscription cancellations.

b) Hybrid open access APCs are only covered by the publication fund when the publication appears in a journal that is part of a transformative agreement concluded by ZB. In the JuLib eXtended information portal, ZB maintains a list of journals for which open access fees are covered (

c) Other APCs for subscription journals are not covered by the publication fund.

5. Limiting costs

Forschungszentrum Jülich strives for an average expenditure of no more than € 2,000 per journal publication. ZB will monitor the development of costs and make adjustments if required.

*1 The following applies to publications to be paid for by Forschungszentrum Jülich:

  • The corresponding author must be from Forschungszentrum Jülich. If there are several corresponding authors, the costs should ideally be shared between the institutions involved. If this is not possible or can only be achieved with great difficulty, Forschungszentrum Jülich will bear the full costs.
  • If the corresponding author has several affiliations, Forschungszentrum Jülich must be listed as the first affiliation.
  • The email address provided must be a Forschungszentrum Jülich email address.

Last Modified: 13.02.2023