Open Access Funding and Support

At De Gruyter we recognize that open access funding is not uniformly available worldwide. And as a promoter of discovery, we believe that a shortage of funds should not prevent potential authors from publishing in open access.

We want to help our authors overcome these obstacles to publication and have developed a range of services to make funding and publishing your research easier.

Open Access Agreements with Institutions

De Gruyter has established a number of open access agreements with leading international institutions to ensure that content from affiliated authors is accessible and affordable. Our agreements are designed to remove the burden of paying article processing charges (APCs) away from authors. Depending on the nature of the agreement, as an author you may be able to publish open access at no cost at all – or with a significant discount.

If you are an author wishing to publish open access, you should first check if your institution has an open access agreement with De Gruyter.

Agreements may be applicable to both Hybrid and Pure Open Access journals.

To check if the journal you are submitting to is covered by the agreement, please check each institution’s profile or contact us at

Czech Republic
The Netherlands - SURF Consortium
Sweden - BIBSAM Consortium
UK - JISC Consortium

Eligible Authors

All teaching and research staff affiliated with the institution, as well as students enrolled at the time of acceptance of your publication are eligible authors. In case of articles published by multiple authors, the corresponding author will be the Eligible author.

Please note that authors are only eligible once they have agreed to the then current open access publishing agreement. Currently this agreement refers to the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0. The corresponding author shall be the author who signs the publishing agreement.

Eligible Article Types

Which article types are included in the agreement?

Original Paper – Standard article, usually presenting new results; articles published under this article type may also be referred to as Original Research, Original Article, Original Paper or Research Paper

Review Paper – Standard article, interpreting previously published results

Brief Communication – Short article submitted for rapid publication that exhibits the same structure as a standard article

Continuing Education – Article forming integral part of further education (usually medical)

Case Reports – Articles in medical journals

Please note that articles have to be original and not infringe on any law and/or third party right and meet ethical standards

How to publish article in Open Access?

Hybrid Journals:

Submit Your Article to the De Gruyter journal editors (with a request to publish in hybrid Open Access). Instructions on how to submit are specified on each journal webpage under the Submission of Manuscripts tab.

Don’t forget to submit your article using your affiliated institutional e-mail address.

If eligible, a discounted APC is payable. De Gruyter issues a Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 and the article is published in Open Access.

That's it! Once your eligibility has been verified, your institution may cover the article publication charge.

Your article will be made open access immediately on publication or in case the article is not made open access immediately, it will be made open access retroactively within a few months of publication.

Pure Open Access Journals:

Submit Your Article to the De Gruyter journal editors. Instructions on how to submit are specified on each journal webpage under the Submission of Manuscripts tab.

Eligible authors are notified of the negotiated deal discount and charged accordingly. De Gruyter issues a Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 and the article is published in Open Access.

To see a list of our Pure Open Access journals please click here.

Open Access Funding

Many institutions around the world support open access publishing and have funding available to help authors cover the cost of publishing fees. In order to help authors find suitable funding, De Gruyter has put together a comprehensive list of institutions that offer financial support, including funding for article processing charges (APCs) and/or book processing charges (BPCs).

The list of participating institutions and all information on open access funding is regularly maintained and kept up-to-date so that you can be confident that any information we provide on open access funding is both relevant and accurate.

Waivers and Discounts

Waiver policy

De Gruyter offers a generous waiver scheme that covers open access publishing costs and is available to individual authors upon application.

To qualify for our waiver scheme and apply for waivers on De Gruyter's pure OA journals, authors must be affiliated primarily with institutions located in countries with low per capita incomes (low income and lower middle income, according to World Bank classification). Each case is considered individually. Authors are asked to contact the journal Editorial Office to apply for a waiver before, or straight after submitting their article.


De Gruyter has successfully negotiated institutional membership agreements with universities and research institutions worldwide to secure funding for affiliated authors. These agreements entitle authors to a 15% or 20% discount on the article processing charge (APC).

Journal Editors from member institutions also benefit from an automatic 15% discount on any publication charges, irrespective of location.

True to our underlying values of fairness and equality, we are also happy to consider individual waiver applications.

For Authors - How to apply OA discounts to your article

Open Access Policies and Mandates

Copyright and licensing

We use Creative Commons licenses for all works that we publish, meaning that you, the author, retain full copyright.

Compliance with Open Access Mandates

At De Gruyter we assume responsibility for compliance with common open access mandates on your behalf.


For more information, or to discuss how we can help you fund and publish your next piece of research, contact our Open Access Funding team: