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 licence agreements or memberships with a number of publishers which enable authors of the BTU to publish free of charge or at reduced prices.
In addition, authors from the BTU may apply for publication support for publications in Gold Open Access journals listed in DOAJ.

Before submitting your article to a journal, please inform yourself critically about its trustworthiness and reliability.
Further information on Predatory Publishing.

Publishing agreements and institutional memberships

AIP Publishing: American Institute of Physics

BTU participates in the AIP Read&Publish Contract from 2021 to 2023. For authors of BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg it is possible to publish open access in these journals of AIP free of charge.

Guide for Authors

Cambridge University Press

Since 1 January 2022, authors from BTU (corresponding authors) can publish free of charge in all hybrid journals as well as all Gold Open Access journals of Cambridge University Press within the framework of a DFG-funded consortium.
Please note the publisher's information!

Information for authors
Brief informationen on the publishing process
2023 Journal List


In the period from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2024, authors affiliated with BTU can publish open access articles free of charge in the hybrid journals of the publisher Elsevier.

For Gold Open Access journals, there is a 10% discount on the APC payable. The invoice for the payable APC goes directly to the author.

  • Authors: Corresponding authors who are affiliated with BTU at the time of manuscript acceptance are eligible.
  • Date: Articles accepted for publication in Elsevier journals with an acceptance date on or after 1 January 2022 are covered by the agreement.
  • Article type: All article types are included in the agreement.
  • Workflow: During the author identification process, authors must select the BTU as the institution with which they are affiliated.
  • Licences: There is an option to choose between CC BY and CC BY-NC-ND. The University Library recommends CC BY. More about licensing here.

Hybrid journals
Gold Open Access journals
Information from the publisher for authors

Institute of Physics (IOP)

In the period from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2024, BTU authors (correspondig authors) can publish free of charge under the Institutional Research Licence (Read and Publish) under a CC BY 4.0 licence in 56 hybrid and 16 gold open access journals.

Hybrid journals
Gold open access journals
Guide for authors


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 29 April 2024.

Publishing portfolio
Information for authors
Overview of 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 which means the author receives the invoice.

Nature and Nature Branded Journals

Authors from BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg can publish scientific articles in Nature and the Nature Research journals open access without additional costs for the authors.
BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg takes part in a “Publish & Read model” valid from 2023 to 2024. All Open Access publications are published under Creative Commons licences, with the authors retaining their exploitation rights.
The Gold Open Access titles Scientific Reports and Nature Communications (part of Springer DEAL) as well as Nature Protocols and all Nature Reviews journals are exempt from this agreement.

Informations of the publisher
Notes for authors
List of journals (hybrid)


From 1 Januray 2021 through 31 December 2023, all BTU authors will be offered free Hybrid Open Access (SAGE Choice) publication in all subscription journals as a corresponding author. Authors publishing in subscription journals do not need to take any action to benefit from this offer. The rest of the workflow runs through Sage's Open Access Portal.
The publisher grants a discount of 20% on articles in the Gold Open Access journals.

Sage Choice Publishing Information
Sage Workflow Authors Choice
Sage Workflow Golden OA 
Sage Open Access Conditions
Sage Gold OA Journal List
Sage Choice (Hybrid) 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 BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg can publish in the journals mentioned below free of charge.

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

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

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

Springer Nature (DEAL)

Scientific authors at 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 1 January 2020 as well as articles accepted for publication in BMC, SpringerOpen and Nature Open Access journals with a publication date after 1 August 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 BTU as their primary affiliation.

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 August 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. APCs are billed to the University Library on a quarterly basis and then charged to authors.
  • Author identification process
    This step is taken as soon as the article has been accepted for publication. There are three 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 Licences
    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 Licences

Wiley (DEAL)

Scientific authors at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg can publish their journal articles in many of the publisher's hybrid journals free of charge within the scope of the nationwide DEAL agreement with Wiley. A discount is granted for publication in the Open Access Gold journals.

The following criteria must be met:

  • Authors: Correspondence authors who belong to BTU 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 Journals (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.
  • Starting 1 January 2023, a majority of Hindawi's Gold Open Access journals are part of the DEAL agreement. It should be noted that Hindawi has a different workflow than Wiley. At Hindawi, only one corresponding author (CA) can be specified and therefore the author who is eligible must submit and select the affiliation correctly.
    Workflow Hindawi
  • Assignment to BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg (Affiliation)
    The submitting author (corresponding author) must meet the criteria above. For articles in hybrid OnlineOpen journals, the author must indicate the institution affiliation (Brandenburgische TU Cottbus-Senftenberg) when submitting the 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 authors thus retain all rights to their publication.
    Information on the Wiley website

Important note:
Non-OA publication fees for Gold Open Access journals, such as colour and page charges, are no longer charged to the authors. This also applies to new Gold Open Access journals. For hybrid journals, the fees continue to apply.

Helpful links:

Services for Authors on the Wiley Website
Customer Success New customer platform from Wiley
Creative Commons licences Information and explanations on the subject of CC licences
DEAL Konsortium Background and aims of the DEAL agreement

wt Werkstatttechnik online

wt Werkstattstechnik online

The technical journal wt Werkstattstechnik online has been made open access as of issue 2/2023.

By forming a consortium, it is possible for scientific authors of BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg to publish free of charge under a CC licence during the agreed contract period from 2023 to 2025.
Main topics are production engineering, manufacturing processes, machine tools/tools, digital factory, additive manufacturing, automation, factory planning, C-technologies and quality management.

Note for authors