EDP Sciences and TIB extend agreement on discounts for Open Access publications

Researchers in Germany now also benefit from reduced publication costs for the journal "Astronomy & Astrophysics”

Scientists and scholars from Germany will also benefit in 2019 from an attractive discount on Open Access publications with the French publisher EDP Sciences. Thanks to the agreement concluded between the publisher and the TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology, which has now been extended, researchers in Germany will receive a 20 percent discount on the current Article Processing Charges (APC).

The APCs, the publication costs incurred for Open Access publications, are reduced in a non-bureaucratic manner: During the submission process, researchers from German institutions are identified and, if a positive decision is made in favour of an Open Access publication – usually under a CC-BY licence – the discount is automatically deducted from the invoice. The agreement applies to all researchers from German university and non-university research institutions.

Discounts now also apply to the journal "Astronomy & Astrophysics"

With the extension of the agreement, EDP Sciences and TIB have also increased the number of EDP journals concerned: With immediate effect, the discounts also apply to the publisher's flagship journal "Astronomy & Astrophysics", which was previously excluded from the agreement. This means that all Open Access journals (hybrid and gold) published by EDP Science now fall under this regulation. The APCs for EDP publications are between 240 and 1,200 €, depending on the journal, and are thus well below the (funding) limit of 2,000 € set by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

"This agreement is a further step in the transformation process towards more Open Access in science and shows our efforts to make it easier to publish Open Access with smaller publishers, too." says Dr. Irina Sens, Deputy Director of the TIB and Head of Library Operations.

Information on the journals and conditions involved can be found here (PDF).

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