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


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 13 June 2022.

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. An assignment to the institution is made by the author's details.

Sage Choice Publishing Information
Sage Workflow Authors Choice
Sage Workflow Golden OA 
Sage Open Access Conditions
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

Springer Nature

Authors of the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg can publish their journal articles free of charge open access in many of the publisher's hybrid journals within the nationwide DEAL agreement with SpringerNature. A discount is granted for publication in the Open Access gold journals.

The following criteria must be met:

  • Authors: Correspondence authors who are members of the BTU at the time of manuscript acceptance are eligible.
  • Date: The agreement covers articles accepted for publication in Springer Open Choice Journals (hybrid journals) with a publication date after January 1, 2020 as well as articles accepted for publication in BMC, SpringerOpen and Nature Open Access journals with a publication date after August 1, 2020.
  • Article Type: Original Papers, Review Papers, Brief Communications, and only in hybrid journals Editorial Notes, Book Reviews, Letters and Reports.
  • Workflow: During the author identification process, authors must select the BTU to which they primarily belong.

Further information about BTU

  • Publishing in hybrid magazines
    From 1 January 2020, publications by authorised authors* can be published Open Access in currently around 1,900 Springer subscription journals. The reference date is the online publication date of the article. Articles in the approximately 70 SpringerNature medical journals will only be published Open Access under DEAL if they a) have not been requested and have been actively edited and b) are of the "research article" type.
  • Publishing in Gold Open Access journals
    Publications by authorized authors in currently around 600 Springer Nature Open Access journals will be covered by the contract from 1.8.2020. A discount of 20% will be granted on the APC list prices of all Springer Open and BMC titles. This does not apply to Nature Communications and Scientific Reports. The annual price increase for Open Access Gold APCs is limited to 3.5% per year and journal from 2020. The APCs will be invoiced in the following year and the university library will then charge the authors.
  • Author identification process
    This step is taken as soon as the article has been accepted for publication. There are 3 ways to be recognized as an authorized author of the BTU: Selecting the authorized institution (BTU) in the selection list, using the institutional e-mail domain or submitting the article from the BTU network (IP check).
  • Creative Commons Licenses
    The articles are usually published under the CC-BY licence, but for a few journals only CC-BY-NC is possible. Authors thus retain all rights to their publication.

Important note:
Non-OA-publication fees, such as colour and page fees will still be charged separately to the author.

Helpful links:

Notes for authors on the SpringerNature website
List of journals Information on publication models, Open Access CC licenses, current level of APCs and discount
Creative Commons Licenses
Guide for authors


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

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