Through library institutional memberships, you can take advantage of a discount on publication fees with some publishers.
The Best Way at RWTH Aachen
RWTH Publications - the institutional repository of RWTH Aachen University
On the document server RWTH Publications you can publish online free of charge and professionally in the sense of Open Access. Your contribution receives stable addressing, is visible worldwide and can be reliably cited.
The document server is ideal for the initial publication of reports, conference proceedings and qualification publications such as your dissertation and much more.
The University Library (UB) has joined the national consortium. The publisher invoices all contributions centrally with the UB from 1.1.2020. Authors must declare their affiliation. Submissions are done via https://administrator.copernicus.org/authentication.php . The publisher accepts submissions in LateX and MS-WORD. LateX is significantly less expensive in some cases. More info at https://www.copernicus.org/.
SCOAP3 - Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics
In collaboration with the RWTH Aachen Department of Physics, the University Library is involved in SCOAP³-HD - the Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics, German Universities.
The worldwide Open Access initiative aims at making scholarly publications in high-energy physics accessible to all. At the beginning of 2014, numerous core journals were systematically transferred to Open Access. Articles are now published under the Creative Commons license "Attribution" (CC BY). The consortium assumes the publication fees.
Wiley as part of DEAL-Project
RWTH Aachen University has joined the Wiley agreement of the DEAL initiative. Starting in 2019, the so-called transition phase will run.
During the transition phase, the costs will be financed from the reserves for the former subscriptions. A publication fund is to be established to ensure permanent financing.
In addition to read-only access to all Wiley journals, the agreement also includes central billing of authors' publication costs starting July 1, 2019.
Full details on publishing are explained on the Wiley information page and in this PowerPoint presentation. There are two workflows; one for pure OpenAccess journals, one for hybrid journals (OnlineOpen).
Open Access is the stated goal of the DEAL initiative. Nevertheless, in the so-called hybrid journals (OnlineOpen), authors still have a choice whether to publish OpenAccess or not. In pure OA journals, of course, this option does not exist.
Both workflows are billed centrally.
A complete list of journals is available here (Excel file), a compilation of important questions and answers (FAQ) about the contract here.
MDPI - Open Access Publishing
The Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) publishes more than 110 Open Access journals. You receive a 10% discount off of publication fees through the Library's institutional membership.
American Chemical Society (ACS)
The American Chemical Society (ACS) publishes numerous journals in the field of chemistry and neighboring disciplines. It offers scientific authors at RWTH Aahcen a discount on publication fees through the University Library's subscription status.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)
The surcharge for immediate OA publication is 4,975 USD, which is 500 USD cheaper than for authors from institutions that do not participate in this consortium. For an OA position 6 months after publication, the surcharge is 2,575 USD.
Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
The Royal Society of Chemistry publishes more than 40 peer-reviewed journals in the field od chemistry and neighboring disciplines. In 2018 it offers scientific authors at RWTH Aachen a discount of 15% on publication fees for its subscription bound journals through the University Library's subscription status.
SAGE Publishing from 2021
The RWTH participates in the SAGE transformation contract of the nationwide consortium.
For this purpose, the UB has licensed the package 'Science Technology & Medicine (STM), Package 2014' from the entire publishing spectrum. This package contains the former subscription holdings of RWTH.
The package includes 197 hybrid journals and 148 gold OA journals.
Read-only access extends to all articles in these journals, including those that are not open access.
RWTH members publish for them free of charge in the hybrid journals open access. So you can choose the 'open access' option for them free of charge.
Until further notice, this also applies to the gold OA journals from this package and until RWTH-uniform funding for publication costs is found.
Springer Nature within the framework of DEAL
RWTH Aachen University has joined the SpringerNature agreement of the DEAL initiative. From 2020, the so-called transition phase will run.
During the transition phase, the costs will be financed from the reserves for the former subscriptions. To ensure permanent financing, a publication fund is to be established.
The contract includes reading access most SpringerNature journals as well as central billing of authors' publication costs from 1.8.2020.
Full details on publishing will be available on the SpringerNature information page. There are two workflows; one for pure OpenAccess journals, one for hybrid journals (OnlineOpen).
Open Access is the stated goal of the DEAL initiative. Nevertheless, in the so-called hybrid journals (OnlineOpen), authors still have freedom of choice whether to publish OpenAccess or not. In pure OA journals, of course, this option does not exist.
Both workflows are billed centrally.
A complete list of journals is available here (Excel file), a compilation of important questions and answers about the contract here.
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
The American Association for the Advancement of Science publishes 6 peer-reviewed journals. For the journal Science Advances authors receive a 15% discount off of publication fees (APC) from 15.05.2018 until 2019 through the Library's institutional membership. AAAS-Members receive a further reduction of 4%.
Since 2019, RWTH has been subscribing to the ECS Plus database. It contains the electronic media of the Electrochemical Society and the possibility for RWTH authors to publish in these media free of charge in open access.For more information, see ECS website
ECS (The Electrochemical Society) is a non-for-profit company located in the USA who publishes in the area of electrical chemistry and solid state research.
The publications in the ECS-journals are indexed in Google/Google Scholar, Web of Science, Scopus, Chemical Abstracts (CAS), Engineering Index, ChemPort, INSPEC, ProQuest etc.
Authors of participating institutions are entitled to publish their articles on ECS as open access publications, free of charge and with no limit on the number of articles. Articles that have not been published as Open Access articles in the license year can be later released to open access.