Publishing and Open Access

The University Library offers advice on topics such as publishing and open access and provides services to support you in publishing your research results.

In its Open Access Policy, the University of Mannheim recommends its researchers to publish their research results in accordance with the principles of open access.

  • On open access

    Open access means unrestricted access to research information, free of charge for readers. It means that anyone interested can read, print, save, distribute or automatically evaluate open access publications without financial, legal or technical restrictions.

    In its Open Access Policy, the University of Mannheim advises its researchers to use open access publications to make their research results available to the international research community and the general public. Open access is also an important standard for national and international research funding institutions and is frequently a requirement when applying for external funding.

    Options for open access publishing are provided by

    • the MADOC research repository
    • publishers with open access business model, e.g. when authors are paying publishing fees
    • subject-specific repositories and journals of non-profit organizations and consortia
    • the MADATA research data repository

    Please note that the possibilities of re-publishing your articles may differ, according to the authors’ rights as governed by publishing agreements.

    More information on open access: open-access.net

Services

Benefit from the University Library’s services to make your research results available online and to publish them open access, if possible.

Publishing open access with a publisher

You want to publish your article open access with a publisher? As a researcher of the University of Mannheim, you benefit from special agreements with publishing companies, in particular the so-called publish-and-read licenses.

  • Agreement with Cambridge University Press

    In Cambridge journals (PDF, 273 KB) where the open access publication is covered by the publish-and-read license, researchers of the University of Mannheim can publish open access articles. Additional costs are not incurred. This applies if you are “corresponding author” and your article is published between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2021.

    It is necessary to complete the usual steps to place an article in a journal. Once your article is accepted by Cambridge University Press, fill in the “open access license to publish” form. The Article Processing Charges (APC) shown in the payment process will be reduced to zero after filling in “Mannheim University” as your affiliated institution.

    Step-by-step guide

    1. Manuscript preparation
    2. Manuscript submission
      • Click “Submit your article” on your chosen journal’s homepage
      • Complete the submission form in the Online Peer Review System (OPRS).
    3. Manuscript Review
    4. Publication decision
      • Your manuscript is accepted for publication.
      • Enter the data of the accepted publication in MADOC.
      • Fill in the open access license to publish form and submit it. This indicates that you wish to publish open access.
    5. Payment and production process
      • You receive an e-mail from RightsLink requesting payment of the Article Processing Charge (APC).
      • Login to Rightslink or create a Rightslink account.
      • Input your institution in the section “Affiliation Discount”.
      • Confirm the transaction.
    6. Article publication
      • Your article is published as open access.

    Read more

    Cambridge University Press (PDF, 128 KB) provides more information.

    We are happy to advise you on this matter: publikationsdienste bib.uni-mannheim.de

  • DEAL Agreement with Wiley

    In addition to access to all Wiley journals, the DEAL agreement includes advantages for open access publishing. As a researcher of the University of Mannheim you can benefit from these advantages, if you are the “corresponding author” of an article.

    Online Open

    In hybrid Wiley journals offering “OnlineOpen”, researchers at the University of Mannheim can publish open access articles without additional costs.

    Requirements

    • You must be affiliated with the University of Mannheim when your article is accepted.
    • You are “corresponding author” of the article.
    • Your article is accepted between 1 July 2019 and 31 December 2021.
    • The article must be a “Primary Research Article” or a “Review Article”.

    Some Wiley subscription journals that do not offer “Online Open” are excluded.

    To use this option for open access publishing, wait for the article to be accepted and then choose the option “Select OnlineOpen” on the page “Wiley Author Services” and confirm the University of Mannheim as your affiliated institution. We will then process the Article Processing Charge (APC).

    We recommend to choose the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY). This license meets the conditions of most research funders.

    Gold open access

    When publishing in a genuine open access journal, researchers of the University of Mannheim benefit from a 20 percent reduction on the Article Processing Charge (APC). This applies to articles accepted between 22 January 2019 and 31 December 2021, if you are affiliated with the University of Mannheim when the article is accepted, and you are the “corresponding author” off the article.

    If you publish in a genuine open access journal, you can apply for funding from the Open Access Publishing Fund of the University of Mannheim.

    Read more

    The DEAL Agreement: Publishing open access with Wiley

    We are happy to advise you on this matter: publikationsdienste bib.uni-mannheim.de

  • DEAL Agreement with Springer Nature

    The DEAL agreement with Springer Nature not only provides access to around 1,900 Springer journals but also offers advantages when it comes to open access publishing. As a researcher of the University of Mannheim you can benefit from these advantages, if you are the “corresponding author” of an article.

    Open choice

    As a researcher of the University of Mannheim, you are eligible to publish open access in Springer Nature's hybrid journals with the option “open choice”. Additional costs are not incurred.

    Requirements:

    • You are affiliated with the University of Mannheim and this affiliation is clearly stated in the manuscript to be published.
    • You are “corresponding author” of the article.
    • The article is published online between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2022 (“online publication date”).
    • The article belongs to one of the following categories: Original paper, review paper, brief communication, editorial notes, book reviews, letters and reports.

    To use this option for open access publishing, wait for the article to be accepted. In the publisher’s work flow, please choose the option “open choice” and confirm that you are affiliated with the University of Mannheim.

    Gold open access

    When publishing in a genuine open access journal of BMC and SpringerOpen, researchers of the University of Mannheim benefit from a 20 percent reduction on the Article Processing Charge (APC).

    This applies to articles published online between 1 August 2020 and 31 December 2022, if you are affiliated with the University of Mannheim when the article is accepted, and you are the “corresponding author” of the article.

    If you publish in a genuine open access journal, you can apply for additional funding from the Open Access Publishing Fund of the University of Mannheim.

    Further information

    Springer Nature Open Access Agreement for Germany

    List of journals (XLSX, 209 KB)

    We are happy to advise you on this matter: publikationsdienste bib.uni-mannheim.de

  • Agreement with Nomos (Books)

    If you are a researcher at the University of Mannheim and are publishing a book with Nomos, you can make it available in open access at no cost to yourself.

    The publication fee will be covered by the university library and the State of Baden-Württemberg from 1 October 2020 to the end of 2021 as part of a funding program. The publication date of your book is decisive to qualify for funding.

    As of the date of publication the books will be openly available online in the Nomos eLibrary.

    We are happy to advise you on this matter: publikationsdienste bib.uni-mannheim.de

Open Access Publishing Fund

If you publish articles in open access journals, article processing charges may be incurred. Apply for funding by the Open Access Publishing Fund of the University of Mannheim.

Open Access Publishing Fund of the University of Mannheim

The following open access publishers also provide special conditions and simplified author workflows for an open access publication of the University of Mannheim.

  • Frontiers

    Researchers of the University of Mannheim who are „corresponding author“ of an article benefit from a considerable reduction on the Article Processing Charge (APC). In addition, you can apply to have the publication fee for articles in all Frontiers journals covered by the university’s Open Access Publishing Fund – regardless of the standard prices listed on the publisher’s website. On submission of the article, the University of Mannheim should be named as your research institution.

    List of Frontiers journals

     

  • MDPI

    Within the Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP) of the open access publisher MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute) researchers of the University of Mannheim benefit from a 10 percent reduction on the publication fee; this applies to both journals (APC) and books (BPC). That discount cannot be combined with other MDPI discounts for the same publication.

    As „corresponding author“ you can fill in the Application for Funding of Open Access Publication Fees in order to have the remaining publication fee covered.

    List of MDPI journals

     

  • Cogitatio

    Researchers of the University of Mannheim currently benefit from a 20 percent reduction on the Article Processing Charge (APC) in Cogitatio journals. You are eligible if you are „corresponding author“ of your article. To have the remaining publication fee covered, please fill in the Application for Funding of Open Access Publication Fees.

    List of Cogitatio journals

MADOC

Publish your research results quickly, world-wide and free of charge via the University of Mannheim’s research repository. Use MADOC, for example, to publish dissertations or to re-publish journal articles or conference contributions if you wish to use a secondary publication right.

MADOC research repository

 

Add a publication list to your website

Use the publication plug-in to create a publication list from MADOC and display it on the university’s websites: Once you register your publications with MADOC, your publication list will be updated automatically.

Please see the TYPO3 manual for instructions (in German only)

 

ORCID

An ORCID ID serves to uniquely identify researchers. With an ORCID ID, your research activities and publications are unambiguously attributed to you which means that they become more visible and easier to find. Our service: The University Library can export your publication references from MADOC to your ORCID entry and keep them up-to-date.

Second publication

If you wish to use a secondary publication right, the team of the University Library is happy to offer advice. The University Library’s team will also help you with more extensive projects, such as the digital secondary publication of monographs or collective volumes.

Example: Handbuch Quantitative Methoden (in German)

MAJOURNALS

As a researcher at the University of Mannheim, you can use Open Journal Systems (OJS) to publish your own open access journal. The editorial system allows you to organize the publishing process online, from submission to peer review and publication. The University Library’s team will help you to set up your journal and will maintain and configure the system.

MAJOURNALS

Information

If you have questions about publishing or open access, the Open Access Representative of the University of Mannheim will be happy to help you.

Make an appointment for a consultation or send your questions to publikationsdienste bib.uni-mannheim.de.

Contact

Dr. Philipp Zumstein

Dr. Philipp Zumstein

Open Access Representative of the University of Mannheim
University of Mannheim
University Library
Schneckenhof West – Room SN 269
68161 Mannheim