Publication Fund

Since 2014, a fund has been available at RUB to support publications in open access journals. RUB members can apply for support from the fund, provided that the eligibility criteria. are met. In 2021, the personal contribution is 40%.

Please submit funding applications exclusively via the web form:

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Required information on publishers’ invoices

If approved, the invoice should be addressed as follows

                            Universitätsbibliothek Bochum
                            Zeitschriftenteam, UB 5/8
                            D44780 Bochum

Please note, that invoices from other European countries have to state the VAT-Nr. of the Ruhr Universität Bochum (DE 127056261) and the UID of the publisher.

Cost Distribution
  • The applications are processed in the order in which they are received.
  • Every author has to cover 40 % of the invoiced amount.
  • A maximum of 5 % of the fund may be spent per author per year. In individual cases, the university library may decide to exceed this limit, presuming there are enough funds.
Criteria for funding
  • The articles to be published appear in journals that make all articles available over the internet to users free of charge as soon as they appear (pure, gold open access journals, cf. Directory of Open Access Journals) and that they apply recognised and strict quality assurance procedures.
  • Publication fees of up to €2,000 (including value-added tax) per article may be financed through the fund. It cannot be used to co-finance publication fees exceeding the aforementioned amount.
  • Only articles where a member of the RUB is responsible as the "submitting author" or the "corresponding author" for payment of the publication fees can be funded. Article title and the corresponding author must be listed on the invoice.
  • Funding cannot be provided for open access publications in subscription-based journals based on the “Open Choice” model.
  • Publication fees, which may be covered by third-party funds, will not be financed.
  • Possible submission fees charged by journals will not be covered by the fund.
  • Costs may only be refunded on presentation of an invoice, documenting the funding period as being in the same year as the completion period. Without a specific completion date, the date of the invoice applies.
  • The authors will have to cover 40 % of the invoice amount in Euros and state their invoice address or funds centre.
  • Applications have to be submitted via the webform.
  • All funded articles will be archived on the RUB repository.

Kornelia Wallschlag-Sobotta
Lioba Fleige


List of all publications supported by the OA Fund