The German Research Foundation (DFG) has implemented the idea of open access in its guidelines for the use of funds. These guidelines are part of each granting of DFG funded projects. In particular, they have the following contents (see Verwendungsrichtlinien, Merkblatt 2.02, p. 18, in German only):
The University of Regensburg could raise funds of the DFG project "Open Access Publishing" for setting up a publishing fund. Thus, scientists can get financial support for publication fees or article processing charges when publishing in open access journals. You can find more information on this at Open Access Publizieren (in German only).
The University Library of Regensburg maintains the Publication Server – an institutional repository where research results can be made available free of charge, just in line with the idea of open access. In addition, persistent availability of the documents is guaranteed. Thus, depositing research results on the publication server satisfies the DFG guidelines. A confirmation of compliance with the DFG guidelines can be received at the University Library.
In your copyright agreement with your publisher, you can retain the right to deposit your publication on the publication server parallel to the conventional closed access publication. Many publishers allow this procedure in their standard agreements. The University Library is happy to assist you with formulating an addendum to the agreement which retains your right to reuse your publication.
You can find more information on the Open Access pages of the DFG.
Dr. Gernot Deinzer
Open access representative
University Library of Regensburg
Building: Mathematics, Room M 202
Tel. +49 (0)941 943-2759