Publication fees

In order to be able to publish Open Access, authors must pay publication fees, so-called Article Processing Charges (APC).
The University Library has concluded license agreements or memberships with a number of publishers which enable authors of the BTU to publish free of charge or at reduced prices.
The University Library does not have any publication funds. Therefore the author has to pay the publication fees himself, even if the accounting is handled by the university library.

Before submitting a journal, please inform yourself critically about its trustworthiness and reliability.
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Publishing agreements and institutional memberships

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Authors of the BTU (corresponding authors) receive a discount for publication in all hybrid and Gold Open Access journals and conference reports of the ACM.

  • Journal article: 1.500 USD (normal price 1.700 USD)
  • Conference paper : 800 USD (normal price 900 USD)



Cambridge University Press

As of 01.01.2019, authors of the BTU (corresponding authors) can publish unlimited and free of charge in all hybrid journals of Cambridge University Press as part of a DFG-funded consortium. Publications in the publisher's Gold Open Access journals are excluded.
Please note the publisher's information!

Information for german autors

Brief informationen on the publishing process

Detailed information on the publication workflow


As part of an alliance licence agreement, BTU authors receive a 25% discount on publication fees (Article Processing Charges) for Open Access publications of articles in the publisher's subscription journals as part of the "Hogrefe OpenMind" offer.
Articles for which the APC has been paid become freely accessible immediately upon publication on the publisher's PsyJournals platform and can be maintained and made accessible in repositories under the CC-BY-NC licence as a publisher's PDF.

Hogrefe OpenMind (german)


MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute) is an Open Access publisher whose range of publications includes more than 200 journals in all subject areas.

The University Library of the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg has concluded an agreement (Institutional Open Access Program) with the publisher so that all BTU members ("corresponding author" or "submitting author") are granted a 10% discount on the article fees. This agreement is valid until 14 June 2020.

Publishing portfolio
Information for Authors
Overview article process charges

Membership is assigned via the e-mail address of BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg or via the IP address for uploads from the campus network. The agreement does not include central billing to the university library, i.e. the author receives the invoice.


From 01.01.2019, the publication fees (Article Processing Charges) for the hybrid journals (SAGE Choice Program) will be GBP 200 for the authors of the BTU (corresponding authors). The standard price would be GBP 2,200. Author identification is carried out via the BTU e-mail domain (
The publisher grants a discount of 20% on articles in the Gold Open Access journals. For this you need the account code, which you can find in the file "Sage Gold OA Workflow" (see below).

Sage Choice Publishing Information

Sage Gold OA Workflow

Sage Gold OA Journal List


SCOAP3 is an international project for the promotion of Open Access, with which scientific publications in the field of high-energy physics (HEP) are made freely accessible worldwide. BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg is a member of the national consortium agreement for universities (SCOAP3-DH). Thus members of the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg can publish in the journals mentioned below free of charge. The current second phase of the project runs from 2017-2019.

For subsequent journals, the SCOAP3 consortium will pay the article fees in full:

Article fees for the following journals are only paid under certain conditions:

SCOAP3 will only assume the costs if the article is listed in the main category "HEP" at arXiv before it is submitted to the publisher.This means


Because the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg has joined the nationwide DEAL-Contract, BTU scientists can publish their publications on Wiley Open Access if the following criteria are met:

  • Authors: Correspondence authors who belong to an authorised DEAL institution at the time of acceptance of the manuscript.
  • Date: Manuscripts for publication in a pure (gold) Open Access journal must have been accepted on or after 22 January 2019 or, in the case of a hybrid journal, from 1 July 2019.
  • Article Type: Only primary research and review articles.
  • Workflow: Authors must follow the Wiley Open Access workflow for gold OA and hybrid journals.

Further information:

  • Publishing in Hybrid Magazines (Wiley OnlineOpen)
    For articles that have been accepted since 1 July 2019, BTU authors have the freedom of choice to publish these Open Access articles without incurring additional costs.
    Journal list
  • Publishing in Open Access journals (Wiley OpenAccess)
    In addition, there is still the possibility to publish in pure Open Access journals from Wiley. The BTU receives a discount of 20% on author fees (APCs). These fees will be invoiced in the following year and passed on from the university library to the author. This regulation already applies from 22 January 2019.
    Journal list
  • Assignment to BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg (Affiliation)
    The submitting author (corresponding author) must meet the above criteria. For articles in hybrid OnlineOpen journals, the author must indicate the institution affiliation (Brandenburgische TU Cottbus-Senftenberg) when submitting his manuscript in the submission system of the electronic editorial staff or when accepting via the Wiley Author Services interface. In the case of articles for Gold Open Access journals, this process takes place during manuscript submission in the electronic manuscript submission system (Electronic Editorial Office) of the journal.
    Wiley Open Access Account Code
  • Creative Commons-Licences
    All publications (primary research articles and reviews) are published Open Access, usually under a CC-BY license. For some journals, only CC-BY-NC and CC-BY-NC-ND licences are currently available. The author thus retains all rights to his publication.
    Information on the Wiley website

Important note:
Non-OA publication fees such as colour and page fees will continue to be charged separately to the author.
Services for Authors on the Wiley Website
Important definitions in the context of DEAL Wiley