Information for Max Planck Authors

The Max Planck Society has established a new transformative open access agreement with the Microbiology Society (MBS) which is in effect from Janurary 1, 2022 to December 31, 2024 and covers open access publishing by Max Planck affiliated corresponding authors in all MBS Gold and Hybrid journals under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY). Under the agreement, the article processing charges will be covered centrally by the Max Planck Digital Library. The agreement also covers access to the entire archive of Society content, back to 1947. 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.

In order to make use of the agreement, please make sure to meet the following conditions when publishing with the MBS:

  • The article has been accepted by a fully open access or hybrid MBS journal between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2024.
  • A Max Planck affiliated author must be the corresponding author of the article and must publish under this affiliation – the Max Planck Institute must be stated in the published article.
  • All article types are eligible, except letters, personal views, editorials.
  • Be advised that MBS uses the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) and OA Switchboard for their workflow.

Charges for color option apply to print only and are NOT covered by this agreement.

The list of all MBS journals in which you can publish your article OA at no cost to you is available on the MPG OA Journal Finder 



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Further information

Max Planck press release

MBS publish and read

MBS eligibility information