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Financial support for authors

The open-access publication model of Copernicus Publications requires the author to cover the article processing charges (APCs) based on the number of published pages. These service charges include all costs of the review process, typesetting, English language copy-editing, web publication, and long-term archiving. However, the following information provides the authors with the possibilities of APC waivers or reductions.

  Article processing charge waivers

All EGU open-access journals provide 10% of the previous year's page budget to be assigned to authors lacking support of funds. Before applying for a waiver, all authors are requested to explore funding options at their own university. Some research funders have established general APC funding schemes, like the Research Council UK. There, a block of funding has generally been allocated to each university to cover open-access publication costs associated with Research-Council-funded grants and research students. However, if the authors are not eligible for any financial support scheme, they are asked to contact Copernicus Publications Editorial Support (editorial@copernicus.org) after access review prior to publication of their paper in the discussion forum to apply for a partial or full waiver. showApplications should state why the author (or any of the co-authors) cannot pay the charges. Applications by students or post-doctoral researchers also require a brief statement from their supervisor or group leader. Applications will be granted if supported by the handling editor and approved by the journal. In special cases, such as long review manuscripts, the authors may contact the chief editors prior to manuscript submission. hide

Financial support schemes

The following institutions have agreements with Copernicus Publications regarding the central settlement of article processing charges (APCs). The details of each agreement are specified below. Some journals have special financial support schemes for their authors.

First authors affiliated to institutes of the ETH Zurich

If the first author is affiliated to one of the institutes of the ETH Zurich, the article processing charges will be settled automatically between Copernicus Publications and the ETH-Bibliothek. showThis arrangement is valid for any submission after 1 October 2014 (receipt of electronic manuscript files). hide

Corresponding authors affiliated to the Freie Universität Berlin

The institutional agreement with the Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin) covers papers with article processing charges up to €2,000 (gross) if the first affiliation of the corresponding author is FU Berlin. showThe APCs will then be settled directly between Copernicus Publications and the university library of the FU Berlin. If APCs exceed €2,000 (gross), FU Berlin will not cover any of the costs. This arrangement is valid for submissions after 7 February 2018 (receipt of electronic manuscript files). hide

Corresponding author affiliated to the Georg-August-University Göttingen

The institutional agreement with the SUB (Niedersächsische Staat- und Universitätsbibliothek) covers papers with article processing charges (APCs) up to €2,000 (gross) if the corresponding author of the paper is affiliated to the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. showThe APCs will then be settled directly between Copernicus Publications and the SUB. If APCs exceed €2,000 (gross), SUB will cover only half of the costs. The arrangement is valid for submissions after 1 January 2016 (receipt of electronic manuscript files). hide

First authors affiliated to research centres of the Helmholtz Association

If the first author is affiliated to one of the following research centres of the Helmholtz Association, the article processing charges will be settled automatically between Copernicus Publications and the Helmholtz Centres. showContact your local library to learn more about the internal procedure at your centre:

- Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron – DESY (valid for submissions after 1 May 2012)
- Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt – DLR (valid for submissions after 1 November 2012)
- Forschungszentrum Jülich (valid for submissions after 1 January 2012)
- German Research Centre for Geosciences – GFZ (valid for submissions after 1 January 2012)
- Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ (valid for submissions after 1 January 2012)
- Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel – GEOMAR (valid for submissions after 1 August 2012)
- Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research – AWI (valid for submissions after 1 January 2016)
- Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf – HZDR (valid for submissions after 1 October 2012)
- Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht – HZG (valid for submissions after 1 January 2013)
- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology – KIT (valid for submissions after 1 May 2012) hide

Corresponding author affiliated to the Leibniz Association

The institutional agreement with the Leibniz Association's Open Access Publishing Fund covers papers with article processing charges (APCs) up to €2,000 (gross) if the corresponding author of the paper is affiliated to one of the 53 participating Leibniz institutions: show

- Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy
- Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology
- Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine
- German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning
- German Institute of Human Nutrition
- German Institute for International Educational Research
- German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research
- German Rheumatism Research Centre Berlin
- Leibniz-Institute DSMZ – German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures
- Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik
- Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology
- Leibniz Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute
- Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie
- Research Center Borstel – Leibniz-Center for Medecine and Biosciences
- Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research
- Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
- German Institute of Global and Area Studies
- Heinrich Pette Institute – Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology
- Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
- Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies
- Leibniz Institute of Atmospheric Physics at the Rostock University
- Institute for the German Language
- Leibniz Research Center for Working Environment and Human Factors
- Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden
- Institute for the World Economy
- Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries
- Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops
- Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics – Institut für innovative Mikroelektronik
- INM – Leibniz-Institute for New Materials
- Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology
- Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban And Regional Development
- Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde
- Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry
- Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology
- Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research
- Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education
- Leibniz-Institut für Analytische Wissenschaften – ISAS – e.V.
- Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research
- Leibniz Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich
- Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories
- Leibniz Institute for Catalysis e.V. at the University of Rostock
- Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology
- Museum für Naturkunde – Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity
- Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (special regulation: the PIK also covers APCs > €2,000 gross. The respective articles will be settled directly between PIK and Copernicus Publications.)
- RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research
- Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
- German National Library of Science and Technology – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology
- Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research
- Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics
- Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research
- Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics
- Research Museum Alexander Koenig – Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity
- Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research

The APCs will then be settled directly between Copernicus Publications and Leibniz Association's Open Access Publishing Fund. If APCs exceed €2,000 (gross), Leibniz Association's Open Access Publishing Fund will not cover any of the costs. The arrangement is valid for submissions after 1 May 2018 (receipt of electronic manuscript files). hide

Corresponding author affiliated to the Leibniz Universität Hannover

The institutional agreement with the TIB (Technische Informationsbibliothek) covers papers with article processing charges (APCs) up to €2,000 (gross) if the corresponding author of the paper is affiliated to the Leibniz Universität Hannover. showThe APCs will then be settled directly between Copernicus Publications and the TIB. If APCs exceed €2,000 (gross), TIB will not cover any of the costs. The arrangement is valid for submissions after 1 January 2016 (receipt of electronic manuscript files). hide

Corresponding authors affiliated to research units of the Max Planck Society

If the corresponding author (first author until 31 December 2016) is affiliated to one of the research units of the Max Planck Society, the article processing charges will be settled automatically between Copernicus Publications and the Max Planck Society.

Corresponding authors affiliated to the Stockholm University

If the corresponding author is affiliated to one of the institutes of the Stockholm University, the article processing charges will be settled automatically between Copernicus Publications and the Stockholm University. showThis arrangement is valid for any submission after 24 January 2018 (receipt of electronic manuscript files). hide

Corresponding author affiliated to the TU Darmstadt

The TU Darmstadt promotes publication of research articles in open-access journals with an open-access publishing fund for its members, which is supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The institutional agreement with Technische Universität Darmstadt covers papers with article processing charges up to €2,000 (gross) if the corresponding author of the paper is affiliated to TU Darmstadt. show The APCs are then settled directly between Copernicus Publications and the university library of the TU Darmstadt. If APCs exceed €2,000 (gross), the central open-access publishing fund of TU Darmstadt will not cover any of the costs. This arrangement is valid for submissions after 1 January 2017 (receipt of electronic manuscript files). For further information about open access at TU Darmstadt, please visit the library website https://www.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/oa-fonds or contact oa-fonds@ulb.tu-darmstadt.de. hide

Corresponding authors affiliated to departments of the TU Delft

In 2018, the TU Delft Library will be providing a publication fund for articles published with Copernicus Publications. The fund is available to all corresponding authors affiliated with TU Delft on a first-come, first-served basis. showSubmitting a manuscript holds out the prospect to the corresponding author that his or her manuscript publication will be settled by the TU Delft prepayment. However, if no funds are available at the time of the publication, Copernicus Publications will charge the authors for the APCs. The TU Delft can always settle the pending amount and then advise Copernicus Publications not to invoice the authors. hide

Corresponding author affiliated to the TU Munich

The institutional agreement with the Technical University Munich (Technische Universität München, TUM) covers papers with article processing charges up to €2,000 (gross) if the corresponding author of the paper is affiliated to the TUM. showThe APCs will then be settled directly between Copernicus Publications and the university library of the TUM. If APCs exceed €2,000 (gross), TUM will not cover any of the costs. This arrangement is valid for submissions after 1 January 2015 (receipt of electronic manuscript files). hide

First authors affiliated to institutes of the University of Bremen

If the first author is affiliated to one of the institutes of the University of Bremen, the article processing charges will be settled automatically between Copernicus Publications and the SUUB (Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Bremen). showThis arrangement is valid for any submission after 1 April 2014 (receipt of electronic manuscript files). hide

First authors affiliated to the University of Potsdam

If the first author is affiliated to the University of Potsdam, the article processing charges for category 1 and 2 papers will be settled automatically between Copernicus Publications and the Potsdam University Library. The Potsdam University Library covers papers with article processing charges up to €2,000 (gross). showWhere the APCs exceed this amount, the remainder of the payment will be issued to the first author. This arrangement is valid for any submission after 1 July 2015 (receipt of electronic manuscript files).
Please note: If the author has not submitted an application for the University of Potsdam's open-access publication fund or if the application is not accepted, the author will receive an invoice from the faculty later on. hide

Other support schemes

In the following we list some examples for open access support schemes. However, the list is by non means complete.

Projects funded by the DFG

The German Research Foundation DFG supports publication charges with €750 per year. This support can also be accumulated over the 3-year period of funding. Please see DFG's FAQs on open access for further information.

Projects funded by the European Commission

Horizon 2020 is the EU Research and Innovation programme. All projects receiving Horizon 2020 funding will have the obligation to make sure any peer-reviewed journal article they publish is openly accessible, free of charge.

Projects funded by the FWF

The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) is Austria's central funding organization for basic research. The FWF provides grants to cover the costs of peer-reviewed publications that result from projects supported by the FWF, up to a limit of 3 years after conclusion of the project. Leaders and collaborators of all FWF projects of any discipline are the target group of this support.

Other universities providing open access funds for their researchers

The following is a list of universities that are supported by the DFG Programme "Open Access Publizieren" and therefore provide funds for open-access publications. Please check whether your institution supports the costs for open-access publishing. show

- Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
- Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
- Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
- Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
- Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald
- Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
- Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/M.
- Hochschule Darmstadt
- Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft München
- Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
- Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
- Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
- Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
- Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
- Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
- Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
- Philipps Universität Marburg
- Ruhr Universität Bochum
- Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
- TH Deggendorf
- Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover
- TU Berlin
- TU Chemnitz
- TU Clausthal-Zellerfeld
- TU Dortmund
- TU Dresden
- TU Hamburg Harburg
- TU Ilmenau
- TU Kaiserslautern
- Universität Bayreuth
- Universität Bielefeld
- Universität Duisburg-Essen
- Universität Kassel
- Universität Konstanz
- Universität Leipzig
- Universität Osnabrück
- Universität Regensburg
- Universität Rostock
- Universität Siegen
- Universität Stuttgart
- Universität Trier
- Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster hide

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