Publish Open Access in Physical Review Journals

The Max Planck Society has established a new agreement with the American Physical Society (APS) which allows authors to publish open access in all APS journals (except „Physics“ and „Review of Modern Physics“) under a Creative Commons license (CC-BY); under the agreement, the article processing charges will be paid centrally by the MPS.

It also covers read access to all APS journals.

To publish open access without having to pay Article Publication Charges (APCs), the following criteria must be met:

  • The acceptance date of the article must be between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020.
  • The author must publish under the Max Planck affiliation. The respective Max Planck Institute must be stated in the published article.
  • The author must be the initial corresponding author of the article, which is the author identified as the corresponding author in the intitial instance of submission of a manuscript to one of the publisher’s journals. Please note that it is not possible to obtain eligibility under the agreement through later changes in the corresponding authorship.
  • Please use your Max Planck email address and state your Max Planck affiliation during submission and in correspondence whenever possible to ensure identification as eligible under the agreement.

The agreement will initially run until the end of 2020 as a pilot project and is intended to be continued beyond that date.

Now Available: ACM Digital Library

The Max Planck Society established a new agreement with the Association of Computing Machinery which includes open access publishing. The agreement centrally covers the open access charge for Max Planck corresponding authors who publish in ACM journals, conference proceedings and magazines under a Creative Commons license (CC-BY).

Max Planck members have full access to the ACM Digital Library, including ACM’s archive and entire publication portfolio including journals, magazines, conference proceedings, newsletters, websites and multimedia files, as well as all publications affiliated with ACM and the ACM Guide to Computing Literature. The only exception is the ‘ACM Book Series’. The agreement is in effect from May 1, 2020.

World Scientific Additional Content

World Scientific has upgraded our journal access to one that includes ALL World Scientific journal content published from 2001, including e.g. International Journal of Modern Physics B, Modern Physics Letters B, Nano. This takes effect from now, until June 30, 2020 extended until July 31,2020. It has already been made available through our IP range.

The articles are available at:

Project DEAL and Springer Nature Signed a Nationwide Contract

The Project DEAL has established a nationwide open access agreement with Springer Nature which allows authors to publish open access in nearly all Springer hybrid journals. The agreement also covers read access to all Springer journals.

The conditions are the following:

  • The acceptance date of the article must be after January 1, 2020.
  • The article has been accepted by an Open Choice eligible journal that offers a CC-BY license.
  • A Max Planck author must be the submitting and corresponding author of the article.
  • The author is affiliated with a Max Planck Institute and publishes under this affiliation.
  • The article matches one of these types: Original Paper, Review Paper, Brief Communication, Editorial Notes, Book Reviews, Letters, Reports.

Open access publishing in SpringerOpen or BioMedCentral journals is still processed and centrally paid by the Max Planck Society.

The open access component within the Project DEAL for Nature fully open access journals (e.g. Nature Communications, Scientific Reports and npj Computational Materials) will start later this year. As of 1 August 2020 the costs will be directly and fully funded via DEAL. Until then the library meets the publication charges in these gold open access journals.