Information for Max Planck Authors

The Max Planck Society has an open access agreement with The Company of Biologists which covers open access publishing of all accepted articles by corresponding Max Planck authors in all 5 CoB Gold and Hybrid journals 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 includes access to all CoB content. 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:

  • The acceptance date of the article must be between Jan. 1, 2024 and Dec. 31, 2026.
  • The article type must be original research article, review articles are not eligible.
  • The author must be the corresponding author of the article.
  • The author must publish under the Max Planck affiliation which must also be stated in the published article.

Please note that charges for additional options (color-in-print, posters, etc.) are NOT covered by this agreement.

Please be advised that The Company of Biologists uses the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) for their workflow, and make sure to use your Max Planck email address at submission and during all stages of production if possible, as the publisher will mainly identify eligibility via email domains. During the production process, The Company of Biologists and Max Planck Digital Library will verify author eligibility.

The list of all The Company of Biologists 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

Open Access Support by Max Planck Digital Library

Open Access at the Max Planck Society