Open Access Publishing 2020. június 22.

Open Access publishing free of Article Processing Charge (APC) - using institutional OA-agreements

Research & Publication

For Institutional Authors:


Open Access publishing free of Article Processing Charge

Open Access/OA is a publishing model that allows content to be published digitally and made accessible without charge to the end-user (subject to the terms of an applicable Creative Commons License).

Pázmány Péter Catholic University  (PPCU) is a participating institution of the Hungarian Electronic Information Service Programme (EIS) which is  designed to purchase and make available essential electronic information resources via national licensing for higher education and scientific research.

Agreements - first time signed in 2019 - facilitate publishing opportunities for Hungarian researchers affiliated with EISZ-participating institutions. Open access charges (publication fee, article processing charge or APC) are already prepaid during the running period. Agreements include both the costs of the library subscriptions as well as the costs of open access publishing. EIS programme thus covers APC costs through accounts with publishing partners.
Open Access articles can be published both in fully open (gold) or hybrid journals issued by the contracted publishers. 

Special requirements: The author or a co-author should be affiliated with PPCU; affiliation and assigned funder details should match to the Hungarian OA-agreements. To publish open access using institutional OA-agreement, affiliated author must be the corresponding author.

Principles for transitional Open Access agreements under the framework of Electronic Information Service National Programme

EISZ Open-Access Agreemets (2020)

1) Akadémiai Kiadó

OAP 2019-2020. Title list of the journals, which offer APC-free publishing.

2) Cambridge UP Journals

Open Access Option: Supplier offers an open access option in scientific journals within the subscribed products to the Authors affiliated at a Consortium Member Institution.

Publishing open access articles in subscribed products are free of article processing charges(APC) for corresponding authors affiliated with Consortium Member Institution, up to maximum 30 articles in 2020.

Format requirements:

  • Scientific articles have to be published under the Creative Commons CC-BY or CC-BY-NC license, provided that the Author has submitted his/her article stating his/her affiliation to one of the EISZ Institutions.
  • It has to be clearly indicated in the article that it is published based on the agreement.
  • APC-free articles: Research Article; Review; Rapid Communications

See detals of the OA publishing process in the Contract for Cambridge UP Journals Database (pdf)

3) de Gruyter


4) Elsevier

Science Direct

Agreement, Guides

A "new pilot license for research access and Open Access publishing in Hungary. The three-year agreement means researchers affiliated to EISZ consortium member institutions across Hungary have access to 16 million publications from over 2,500 journals published by Elsevier and its society partners on ScienceDirect, Elsevier’s leading platform of peer-reviewed scholarly literature. The agreement also facilitates a cost-neutral transition to Open Access and enables Hungarian researchers from EISZ affiliated institutions to publish their research Open Access without researchers having to pay an APC. More information on the Open Access Pilot can be found here." 

Title list


Hibrid and Gold Open Access (Topical Journals and IEEE Access) journals are ready for Hungarian Authors to publish their accepted articles without extra APC-fee, up to maximum 30 articles in 2020.

More about

Instructions for Authors from EISZ. Ask librarian András Serf (Faculty of Infomration Technology and Bionics PPCU, Library) for more information.

6) Springer-Nature, Palgrave

As a Researcher of the Pázmány Univeristy, you may benefit from Open-Access agreements  with Springer Nature. Corresponding authors affiliated with participating institutions may be eligible to publish their articles Open Access (OA) at no cost to them. The agreements include more than 600 fully OA-journals and 1,850 hibrid journals across the Springer Nature portfolio.

Instituional Author (role: corresponding author) may publish article either in one of the Springer Nature Hibrid Open Choice Journals or in a Gold Open Journal.

Agreements    are valid until the end of 2022. Instructions for Authors:

a) Hibrid journals

b) Gold journals - fully open journals

 Accepted genres:

  • Original Paper: Standard article, usually presenting new results; articles published under this article type may also be referred to as Original Research, Original Article, Original Paper or Research Paper.
  • Review Paper: Standard article, interpreting previously published results.
  • Brief Communication: Short article submitted for rapid publication that exhibits the same structure as a standard article.
  • Continuing Education: Article forming integral part of further education (usually medical).
Past announcement (2019): "Springer Nature and the Hungarian Academic Consortium (EISZ) announced today an agreement that combines reading access and open access (OA) publishing in one single framework. Effective from January 2019, researchers from the participating consortium institutions will gain access to over 2,000 Springer journals and will have the right to publish their research via the OA model in more than 1,850 Springer hybrid journals without any direct costs, allowing wider reach of current findings and a greater benefit for both science and society."

7) Wiley & Sons

Articles: Primary Research, Review. See Author Services platform.

Please follow the instructions of the Author Service. How to order Online Open?

"STEP 4: OnlineOpen Selection": My APC will be covered by an institution or funder that has a Wiley Open Access Account arrangement with Wiley.