FAQ about Open Access

  • What is Open Access?
    "Open Access" means that articles are freely accessible to read and download for everyone with internet access. There is no need for a subscription or an institutional license. There are no costs to readers. Publication costs are covered by a so-called "article publication charge" (APC), which is paid either by the author, their institution or the funding body which supported the research.
  • What is an "article publication charge" (APC)?
    Open access means free reading to users, but it is not without costs: submission systems, editorial processes – incl. organization of peer review –, production editing, typesetting, tagging, indexing, hosting on servers, archiving, and marketing etc. all cost money. The article publication charge (APC) is the contribution paid to help cover these costs. The APC would have to be paid upon acceptance of the author’s manuscript or via alternative arrangements with institutions and funders.
  • Does this mean any article is accepted as long as the APCs are paid?
    Certainly not. We uphold the same high quality standards as for our regular subscription journals. All articles undergo either simple blind or double blind peer review and may be rejected. There are no charges if a manuscript gets rejected.
  • Who pays the APC?

    Nowadays, APCs are often factored into research grant budgets and hence the author is invoiced by the publishing house. Funding is also available from publication funds at universities and funding organizations such as the Wellcome Trust. Access to funding might be available via your department. If you wish to publish open access but your original grant did not include provision for APCs, please get in touch with your funding body or your university. For a list of funders and institutions which support a policy that recommends or might even require publishing open access, see:
    http://roarmap.eprints.org/ or http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/juliet/


  • How much does it cost to publish open access?
    APCs vary from journal to journal. Please check the author instructions on each journal homepage to find out how much it costs to have an article published open access.
    APCs apply to accepted papers only; no fees are levied on rejected manuscripts.
  • What are the copyright stipulations?
    All open access articles are published under a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND license. This means that you retain copyright and reuse-rights of your work and that nobody may use it commercially or alter it without your permission. Commercial use of the publisher's PDF is subject to license fees. To learn more about this license, please click here. Please also note that Thieme is a SHERPA/RoMEO blue publisher that allows posting of the final publisher's PDF on your personal website.
  • Will my article be discoverable in scientific indexing services?
    Most of our journals are indexed in renowned scientific indexing services or directories, such as PubMed Central or Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). As soon as a new open access journal is launched, the process for including it in relevant indexing services is started.
  • How long does it take to publish an article open access?
    The open access model allows fast publication of your paper. As soon as it is reviewed and accepted, it can be published online and will be available for all to read and download from Thieme E-Journals.
  • How can I submit my work?
    You can submit you work online, using our manuscript submission websites. Please refer to the author instructions of the respective journals for details.
  • Will there be print issues of the journals?
    Usually not. As open access publications, all articles are made freely available for all to read and download from Thieme E-Journals. For some of our journals, print issues are published for promotional purposes.
  • Will there be print copies of the articles?

    Not automatically. Authors are sent a PDF of the finalized article. Reprints may be ordered at: openthieme@thieme.de.
    Librarians: A printed edition of all our open access journals can be ordered from openthieme@thieme.de.


  • Still got a question?
    Your question was not answered here? Please contact openthieme@thieme.de and we will respond as quickly as we can.