Publication Fund / Publication Charges

Services offered by the Central Library

On 24 November 2015, the Board of Directors decided upon a new Open Access Strategy for Forschungszentrum Jülich. It favours gold open access publications. From 1 January 2016, if an employee of Forschungszentrum Jülich is corresponding author and states Forschungszentrum Jülich or Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA) as first affiliation, the publication charges will be paid for from the publication fund, which is administered by the Central Library (ZB). Exceptions are possible if the costs are not charged to the publication fund. Forschungszentrum Jülich’s publication fund does not cover fees incurred by the publication of articles in predatory journals.

Costs of gold open access publications are covered by ZB (publication fund).

Article processing charges (APC)

These charges apply to the publication of articles in scientific journals.
The Central Library pays these charges for gold open access publications.

Charges for subscription journals, including hybrid open access, will not paid for by ZB.

Page charges

Some publishers charge a fee per page of the publication. Other publishers charge extra per page if it exceeds the standard length, in addition to the article processing charge.

Colour Charges

Additional high fees are often charged for printing images and illustrations in colour.

PDF file of the publication

The publisher’s version of the article will not be covered.

Cover Illustrations

Publishers are increasingly suggesting that cover illustrations be commissioned to supplement articles. The ZB will not pay these fees. It has not been verified that cover illustrations lead to increased visibility for an article.


The charges for copies of an article in paper form will not be covered.

Hybrid open access fees

Publishers charge fees to provide open access to individual articles published through the traditional publication process. The Central Library does not cover these charges.

ZB takes care of the orders and processing of invoices for publication charges, no matter whether the charges are covered by ZB or by the corresponding author’s cost centre. Make sure that you complete each step on the checklist provided (entitled ‘Publication Charges/Page Charges’).
Please use the most up-to-date versions of the forms required. FZJ-Intranet:

Checkliste – Publikationsgebühren (16. Dezember 2015, PDF, 33 KB) (in German)
Publication Directive of Forschungszentrum Jülich (for information purposes)
Veröffentlichungsrichtlinien des Forschungszentrums Jülich GmbH (7. Januar 2013, PDF, 58 KB) (in German)
Formular – Genehmigung von Veröffentlichungen / Approval of Publications (November 2014, PDF, 1 MB)

Price Transparency for Open Access Publication Fees

Visualization of expenditure for gold open access publications

You can visualize ZB’s expenditure for publications per publishing house, journal title, and article DOI.
You can access each article by entering its DOI at

Sie können die Darstellung der Ausgaben pro Verlag, Titel der Zeitschrift und Artikel-DOI in der Zeitschrift nachverfolgen.
Einen direkten Zugriff auf die jeweiligen Artikel erhalten Sie nach Eingabe der jeweiligen DOI auf

Source: INTACT Project – Open APC Initiative
View: Zentralbibliothek Forschungszentrum Jülich


Nadja Kalinna
+49 2461 61-6123
Publications Team

Last Modified: 30.05.2022