Springer-ECMI journal Mathematics in Industry: corresponding authors affiliated with a German university or research institution do no longer have to pay APCs

As you already know, authors affiliated with an ECMI node can publish articles in our Springer-ECMI journal Mathematics in Industry with the article processing charge (APC) covered by ECMI, see the blog

for more information.

From August 1, 2020 on, the agreement between Springer Natural and Projekt DEAL (for short, DEAL), allows for a new way of publishing without ECMI having to pay the APC: if the corresponding author is  affiliated with a German university or research institution, he is  entitled to publish open access in our Springer-ECMI journal Mathematics in Industry with fees covered by the German DEAL agreement. Here are the details for you:

  • You must be the corresponding author of the article.
  • Article types eligible under this agreement are, amongst others, original paper and review paper.
  • You must be affiliated with an eligible institution. On https://www.springernature.com/gp/open-research/institutional-agreements/oaforgermany you will find an institution list.
  • You must explicitly state your primary affiliation in the published manuscript, which is the institution at which the bulk of the research for the article was conducted.
  • You must identify yourself during the author identification process (you will be asked to do this once your article has been accepted for publication). The institution selected during this process should be your primary affiliation, as this institution will be asked to verify eligibility and will be billed if the article is approved.

There are three ways that Springer Nature can recognize your eligibility for coverage under DEAL:

  1. Selected institution: This is the easiest way to be recognised. Please input your institutional affiliation (in English) when prompted. If you are affiliated with more than one participating institution, you must indicate a single affiliation when your manuscript is accepted, for cost-allocation purposes. You can still have multiple affiliations listed in your published article.
  2. Institutional email: If you use your institutional email address, you will be automatically recognised as eligible to publish open access under your institution’s agreement.
  3. Location: If you submit from within your institution’s IP range, you will be recognised as eligible based on your location. It is always best to submit from your institution’s network.

The entry point for information on DEAL is

Should you need more information or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me:

Michael Günther


Editor-in-Chief Mathematics in Industry