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Solid Earth An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
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Journal metrics

IF value: 2.921
IF2.921
IF 5-year value: 3.087
IF 5-year
3.087
CiteScore value: 4.8
CiteScore
4.8
SNIP value: 1.314
SNIP1.314
IPP value: 2.87
IPP2.87
SJR value: 0.993
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h5-index value: 36
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Financial support for authors

The open-access publication model of Copernicus Publications requires the author to cover the article processing charges (APCs) based on the number of published pages. These service charges include all costs of the review process, typesetting, English language copy-editing, web publication, and long-term archiving. However, the following information provides the authors with the possibilities of APC waivers or reductions.

Article processing charge waivers

All EGU open-access journals provide 10% of the previous year's page budget to be assigned to authors lacking support of funds. Before applying for a waiver, all authors are requested to explore funding options at their own university. Some research funders have established general APC funding schemes, like the Research Council UK. There, a block of funding has generally been allocated to each university to cover open-access publication costs associated with Research-Council-funded grants and research students. However, if the authors are not eligible for any financial support scheme, they are asked to apply for a partial or full waiver. Applications must be made at manuscript registration and requests at later stages are not considered. Please use the respective text field on the registration form and state why the author (or any of the co-authors) cannot pay the charges. Applications by students or post-doctoral researchers also require a brief statement from their supervisor or group leader. Applications will be granted if supported by the handling editor and approved by the journal. If an application is rejected, the author can either accept to pay the APCs or withdraw the manuscript. In special cases, such as long review manuscripts, the authors may contact the chief editors prior to manuscript submission.

Financial support schemes

The following institutions have agreements with Copernicus Publications regarding the central settlement of article processing charges (APCs). The APCs will then be settled directly between Copernicus Publications and the respective institution. The details of each agreement are specified below.

Corresponding authors affiliated to the institutes of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)

In 2020, the URICI CSIC provided a publication fund for articles published with Copernicus Publications. The fund is available to all corresponding authors affiliated with CSIC on a first-come, first-served basis. Submitting a manuscript holds out the prospect to the corresponding author that their manuscript publication will be settled by the CSIC. However, if no funds are available at the time of the publication, Copernicus Publications will charge the authors for the APCs. The CSIC can always settle the pending amount and then advise Copernicus Publications not to invoice the authors.

Corresponding authors affiliated to institutes of the ETH Zurich

If the corresponding author (first author until 31 October 2020) is affiliated to one of the institutes of the ETH Zurich, the article processing charges will be settled automatically between Copernicus Publications and the ETH-Bibliothek. This arrangement is valid for any submission after 1 October 2014 (receipt of electronic manuscript files).

Corresponding authors affiliated to the Freie Universität Berlin

The institutional agreement with the Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin) covers papers with article processing charges up to €2,000 (gross) if the first affiliation of the corresponding author is FU Berlin. If APCs exceed €2,000 gross (€1,680 net), FU Berlin will not cover any of the costs. This arrangement is valid for submissions after 7 February 2018 (receipt of electronic manuscript files).

Corresponding authors affiliated to the University of Gothenburg

If the corresponding author is affiliated to the University of Gothenburg, the article processing charges will be settled automatically between Copernicus Publications and the Gothenburg University Library. This arrangement is valid for any submission after 1 June 2020 (receipt of electronic manuscript files).

Corresponding authors affiliated to research centres of the Helmholtz Association

If the corresponding author (first author until 31 August 2019) is affiliated to one of the following research centres of the Helmholtz Association, the article processing charges will be settled automatically between Copernicus Publications and the Helmholtz Centres. Contact your local library to learn more about the internal procedure at your centre:

Corresponding author affiliated to the Helsinki University

From 1 December 2018 until the fund is used up, the Helsinki University Library will be providing a publication fund for articles published with Copernicus Publications. The fund is available to all corresponding authors affiliated with Helsinki University on a first-come, first-served basis. Submitting a manuscript holds out the prospect to the corresponding author that their manuscript publication will be settled by the Helsinki University Library prepayment. However, if no funds are available at the time of the publication, Copernicus Publications will charge the authors for the APCs. The Helsinki University Library can always settle the pending amount and then advise Copernicus Publications not to invoice the authors.

Corresponding authors affiliated to institutes of the Iowa State University

If the corresponding author is affiliated to one of the institutes of the Iowa State University, the article processing charges will be settled automatically between Copernicus Publications and the Iowa State University Library. This arrangement is valid for any submission after 10 January 2019 (receipt of electronic manuscript files).

Corresponding author affiliated to the Leibniz Association

The institutional agreement with the Leibniz Association's Open Access Publishing Fund covers papers with article processing charges (APCs) up to €2,000 (gross) if the corresponding author of the paper is affiliated to one of the 53 participating Leibniz institutions. If APCs exceed €2,000 gross (€1,680 net), Leibniz Association's Open Access Publishing Fund will not cover any of the costs.

Corresponding author affiliated to the Leibniz Universität Hannover

The institutional agreement with the TIB (Technische Informationsbibliothek) covers papers with article processing charges (APCs) up to €2,000 (gross) if the corresponding author of the paper is affiliated to the Leibniz Universität Hannover. If APCs exceed €2,000 gross (€1,680 net), TIB will not cover any of the costs. The arrangement is valid for submissions after 1 January 2016 (receipt of electronic manuscript files).

Corresponding authors affiliated to research units of the Max Planck Society

If the corresponding author (first author until 31 December 2016) is affiliated to one of the research units of the Max Planck Society, the article processing charges will be settled automatically between Copernicus Publications and the Max Planck Society.

Corresponding authors affiliated to member institutions of the German National Consortium

18 scientific institutions from Germany have joined the national opt-in consortium for the central payment processing of APCs for articles of all journals. The consortium enables corresponding authors, affiliated with the participating institutions, to publish free of charge for them. The articles are financed by a prepayment deposited at the beginning of each year (2019 and/or 2020). This agreement covers papers with article processing charges up to €2,000 (gross). If APCs exceed €2,000 gross (€1,680 net), the members of the consortium will not cover any of the costs.

Corresponding authors affiliated to the Stockholm University

If the corresponding author is affiliated to one of the institutes of the Stockholm University, the article processing charges will be settled automatically between Copernicus Publications and the Stockholm University. This arrangement is valid for any submission after 24 January 2018 (receipt of electronic manuscript files).

Corresponding author affiliated to the TU Darmstadt

The TU Darmstadt promotes publication of research articles in open-access journals with an open-access publishing fund for its members, which is supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The institutional agreement with Technische Universität Darmstadt covers papers with article processing charges up to €2,000 (gross) if the corresponding author of the paper is affiliated to TU Darmstadt. If APCs exceed €2,000 gross (€1,680 net), the central open-access publishing fund of TU Darmstadt will not cover any of the costs. This arrangement is valid for submissions after 1 January 2017 (receipt of electronic manuscript files). For further information about open access at TU Darmstadt, please visit the library website https://www.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/oa-fonds or contact oa-fonds@ulb.tu-darmstadt.de.

Corresponding authors affiliated to departments of the TU Delft

In 2020, the TU Delft Library provided a publication fund for articles published with Copernicus Publications. The fund is available to all corresponding authors affiliated with TU Delft on a first-come, first-served basis. Submitting a manuscript holds out the prospect to the corresponding author that their manuscript publication will be settled by the TU Delft prepayment. However, if no funds are available at the time of the publication, Copernicus Publications will charge the authors for the APCs. The TU Delft can always settle the pending amount and then advise Copernicus Publications not to invoice the authors.

Corresponding author affiliated to the TU Munich

The institutional agreement with the Technical University Munich (Technische Universität München, TUM) may cover papers with article processing charges up to €2,000 (gross) if the corresponding author of the paper is affiliated to the TUM and if funds are still available in the TUM Open Access Publishing Fund. If APCs exceed €2,000 gross (€1,680 net), TUM will not cover any of the costs. This arrangement is valid for submissions after 1 January 2015 (receipt of electronic manuscript files). To apply for funding through the TUM Open Access Publishing Fund, please fill out the application form.

First authors affiliated to institutes of the University of Bremen

If the first author is affiliated to one of the institutes of the University of Bremen, the article processing charges will be settled automatically between Copernicus Publications and the SUUB (Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Bremen). This arrangement is valid for any submission after 1 April 2014 (receipt of electronic manuscript files).

First authors affiliated to the University of Potsdam

The institutional agreement with the Potsdam University Library covers papers with article processing charges up to €2,000 (gross), if the first author is affiliated to the University of Potsdam. If APCs exceed €2,000 gross (€1,680 net), University of Potsdam will not cover any of the costs.This arrangement is valid for any submission after 1 July 2015 (receipt of electronic manuscript files).
Please note: If the author has not submitted an application for the University of Potsdam's open-access publication fund or if the application is not accepted, the author will receive an invoice from the faculty later on.

Other support schemes

In the following we list some examples for open access support schemes. However, the list is by non means complete.

Projects funded by the DFG

The German Research Foundation DFG supports publication charges with €750 per year. This support can also be accumulated over the 3-year period of funding. Please see DFG's FAQs on open access for further information.

Projects funded by the European Commission

Horizon 2020 is the EU Research and Innovation programme. All projects receiving Horizon 2020 funding will have the obligation to make sure any peer-reviewed journal article they publish is openly accessible, free of charge.

Projects funded by the FWF

The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) is Austria's central funding organization for basic research. The FWF provides grants to cover the costs of peer-reviewed publications that result from projects supported by the FWF, up to a limit of 3 years after conclusion of the project. Leaders and collaborators of all FWF projects of any discipline are the target group of this support.

Other universities providing open access funds for their researchers

The following is a list of universities that are supported by the DFG Programme "Open Access Publizieren" and therefore provide funds for open-access publications. Please check whether your institution supports the costs for open-access publishing.

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