Information for Max Planck Authors

The Max Planck Society has established a new Read and Publish agreement with SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics) which covers open access publishing of all articles submitted by Max Planck affiliated primary and corresponding authors in all SPIE Gold and Hybrid journals (except Proceedings) under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY). Under the agreement, the article processing charges will be paid for centrally by the Max Planck Digital Library. The agreement also covers access to the complete portfolio of the SPIE Digital Library. This open access agreement is part of the Max Planck Society’s strategy to enable a large-scale transition of today’s scholarly journals to open access.

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

  • A Max Planck author must be the primary or corresponding author of the article.
  • The author is affiliated with a Max Planck Institute and publishes under this affiliation - the Max Planck Institute must be stated in the article.
  • The article is submitted between January 1, 2024 and December 31, 2026.
  • Charges for additional options (color-in-print, posters etc.) are NOT covered by this agreement.

When submitting, a Max Planck email address should be used (if possible) and the Max Planck affiliation should be stated. During the production process, SPIE and Max Planck Digital Library will verify author eligibility.


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Further information

All SPIE Journals

Open Access Support by Max Planck Digital Library

Open Access at the Max Planck Society