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The KIT supports open access publications of KIT scientists by covering the article processing charges (APCs).



Support through the KIT publication fund

As part of its "Open Access publishing" service, KIT offers financial support for quality-assured OA publications. Open Access publication fees (Article Processing Charges, APCs) can be covered by the KIT publication fund. See below for funding requirements.

Expenses for APCs can often be reimbursed within the framework of project funding, e.g. by the DFG or the EU. Please consider this possibility in advance and, if necessary, include the corresponding funds in your project application.

Complete list of publications supported by the KIT publication fund


Funding requirements

The complete article processing charges are paid from the KIT publication fund if the following requirements are met:

  • The submitting / corresponding author is a member of KIT.
  • The maximum article processing charges are 2,000 EUR (including VAT).
  • The paper is published in a journal whose entire content is accessible free of charge via the internet immediately after publication (“real open access journal”).
  • The article can be entered into an institutional repository in the published version (without embargo period).
  • The article is published under a Creative Commons licence (CC licence, preferably CC BY). The publisher does not charge an additional fee for the CC licence.
  • The journal applies quality assurance methods (peer review) acknowledged in the specific subject area. For a list of these journals, please refer to the Directory of Open Access Journals.
  • Publications financed by the KIT publication fund should include the following note in their acknowledgements: "We acknowledge support by the KIT-Publication Fund of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology."
  • A possible overdrawing of the “KIT-Publication Fund” at the end of the financial year will be transferred pro rata to the institutes. The calculation is based on the "Cost-By-Course Principle", i.e. on the percentage share of the publication fee per article in relation to the “KIT-Publication Fund”.


Funding does not cover:

  • Papers made freely accessible for an extra author charge parallel to being published in a subscription-based journal (so called “hybrid journals”).
  • Articles restricted by an embargo period.
  • Article processing charges that can be paid by third-party funds.


Informations on specific publishers

To support KIT authors financially, several institutional memberships by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have been established. Here you can find further information.

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BioMed Central

KIT participates in the membership program of BioMed Central by Springer Publishers. This is complemented by the membership in the consortia SpringerOpen and ChemistryOpen. A 20 % discount is granted for the publication charges.

CUP Cambridge University Press

KIT has had a Read & Publish agreement with Cambridge University Press since 2019.

Corresponding authors of KIT have the possibility to publish their publications in more than 290 hybrid journals of the publishing house without additional costs and without any limits concerning the number of published articles in the Open Access model. Depending on the journal, different Creative Commons licences are available. The KIT library recommends CC BY. Corresponding authors are given the opportunity to complete an OA publication licence form during the submission process. Please refer to the step-by-step instructions (German | |English) for submission details.


In January 2012 the direct processing of APCs for articles in journals by the publisher Copernicus through KIT Library was established.

ECS The Electrochemical Society

KIT has obtained an ECS Plus license. This entitles KIT authors (Corresponding or Submitting Author) to publish their articles as Open Access publications, free of charge and without a limit regarding the number of articles in these two journals:

Information on the ECS Open Access process can be found in the following flyer: "How to Publish Open Access with ECS". You can choose the Creative Commons licenses CC BY or CC BY-NC-ND. KIT Library recommends CC BY.


Since 2015 15% pre-payment discount by the publisher Frontiers is applied to the publication charges due to the institutional membership of the KIT.

Verlag KIT Scientific Publishing

KIT Scientific Publishing offers a competitive chance to publish books open access. KIT Scientific Publishing has also been publishing the open access "Journal of New Frontiers in Spatial Concepts" since 2009.

MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute

Since March 2014 KIT Library has been participating in the membership program of the open access publisher MDPI. A 15 % discount is granted for the publication charges. If you have a reviewer voucher please redeem it when you submit your article. The vouchers will be cumulated with existing discounts. Here you can find information on reviewer vouchers:https://www.mdpi.com/reviewers.


Open access journals by the Optical Society of America are no longer supported by the KIT Publishing Fund. For more information please click here: http://blog.bibliothek.kit.edu/kit_bib_news/?p=11074

Public Library of Science (PLoS)

A "direct billing agreement" exists with the publisher Public Library of Science (PLoS). The invoices are paid directly by the KIT Library.

RSC Royal Society of Chemistry

KIT Library is subscribing to RSC journals in a "Read & Publish" model since 2019. Corresponding authors of KIT have the option of publishing their publications via Open Access without any additional costs and without any limits concerning the number of published articles.

The Creative Commons licenses CC BY and CC BY-NC are available. KIT Library recommends CC BY.

As in 2019, the model supports 40 current journals. Corresponding authors will automatically be recognized by the publisher via their institutional e-mail address and will be referred to the Read & Publish agreement. Therefore, please use your address with the domain kit.edu.

SAGE Publishing

Corresponding KIT authors receive a 20% discount on publication fees in the almost 200 genuine Open Access journals of SAGE Publishing. In order to claim the discount, you as the corresponding author need a discount code, which must be entered before the invoice is requested. Please contact us in this matter: Openaccess∂bibliothek.kit.edu.

Requesting the discount after billing will not be accepted by SAGE Publishing.

SCOAP³ - Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics

In 2014 KIT became a member of SCOAP³ - a world wide open access initiative which makes publications in the field of high energy physics freely accessible. The publication charges are paid for by KIT.


As a result of DEAL, all publications by KIT authors (Corresponding Authors) are published Open Access in the publisher's subscription journals. In pure OA journals, authors receive a 20% discount on APCs. These APCs can be financed through the KIT Publication Fund. Please click here for information on the submission process. Please enter KIT's account code when submitting your article: D402.


Applying for support

  • Submit your publication to the open access journal of your choice.
  • If your publication meets the support requirements, apply for a refund of the article processing charges:

Refund of article processing charges

  • Should you receive the publisher invoice directly, please send it to the KIT publication fund team for further processing.

Please do not hesitate to contact the KIT publication fund team should you have any further questions (e.g. in case the article processing charges amount to more than 2,000 EUR).


Flyer KIT-Publikationsfonds [PDF]