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Scholar-led Plus

Sustainable journal financing through consortial support structures in small and interdisciplinary subjects

The project aims to improve the publication situation of scholar-led, non-APC open access gold journals through a consortial support structure. The thematic focus is on small, trans- and interdisciplinary subjects and communities, where already established funding options are not effective and the responsibilities are often unclear.

Project structure

We will develop a reliable concept for a thematic, consortial support structure for the funding of such journals, implement (i.e. setup and stabilization) this support structure, derive strategies from accompanying research for the provision of support structures in small and interdisciplinary subjects, and finally transfer the consortial measures as well as recommendations for follow-up use to small and interdisciplinary subjects and communities. Thus the project pilots a model of sustainable support for scholar-led, quality-assured OA journals in small, trans/interdisciplinary subjects and communities. In addition, it improves communication between central actors in the OA ecosystem: funding and research institutions, research societies, OA journals, and new publication projects are activated and being involved in the design of a sustainable support structure. In this regard, the project increases the share of high-quality OA publications by supporting key publication projects and adds value for the OA community beyond the actual project framework.


DurationApril 2021 – March 2023
FundingGerman Federal Ministry of Education and Research


Marcel Wrzesinski

Open Access Officer and project lead "Scholar-led Plus"

Part of the research programme

Journal articles and conference proceedings

Ganz, K., & Wrzesinski, M. (2021). Open Education: Mehr als digital und ohne Paywall. FGZ - Freiburger Zeitung für Geschlechterstudien, 147-150. DOI: 10.3224/fzg.v27i1.14 Publication details

Working paper

Wrzesinski, M., Riechert, P., Dubois, F., & Katzenbach, C. (2021). Working with publication technology to make open access journals sustainable. HIIG Discussion Paper Series, 2021(02). DOI: Publication details

Waidlein, N., Wrzesinski, M., Dubois, F., & Katzenbach, C. (2021). Working with budget and funding options to make open access journals sustainable. HIIG Discussion Paper Series, 2021(01). DOI: Publication details

Other publications (2021). Das, Fokusgruppe (2021) Das DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4925784. Publication details

Asmussen, T., Boucher, M.-C., Dalkilic, E., Drubek-Meyer, N., Finger, J., Ganz, K., Heinig, J., Heuer, J., Kirchner, A., Klassen, O., Kunz, R., Mirbeth, J., Neufend, M., Rauchecker, M., Steiner, T., Wenninger, A. & Wrzesinski, M. (2021). Das Publication details

Wrzesinski, M. (2021). Open Access, aber nicht umsonst: Robuste Finanzierung für wissenschaftliches Publizieren. Digital Society Blog. Publication details

Finger, J. & Wrzesinski, M. (2021). neue Unterstützung für wissenschaftliche Publikationsprojekte. ZBW Blog. Publication details

Waidlein, M. & Wrzesinski, M. (2020). InnOAccess-Workshops: Gebührenfreie Open-Access-Zeitschriften nachhaltig publizieren. ZBW Blog. Publication details

Lectures and presentations

Community-governed and community-paid publishing. Resilient support for independent open access journals
Weizbaum Conference “Practicing Sovereignty. Interventions for open digital futures”. The Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society. Alte Münze, Berlin, Germany: 09.06.2022 Further information

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Stand und Ergebnisse zu Scholar-led Plus
Workshop “Zeitschriften in der Open-Access-Transformation” (Session: Stand und Ergebnisse zu Scholar-led Plus). TIB - Technische Informationsbibliothek Hannover. Digital, Berlin, Germany: 19.05.2022 Further information

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“Hintergrund und Einordnung in Debatten: Die Wissenschaftsperspektive
Diamond Open Access (Session: Open-Access-Zeitschriften und -Bücher ohne Publikationsgebühren finanzieren: Debatten, Modelle und Erfahrungen zu "Diamond OA"). Leibniz-Gemeinschaft. Digital, Digital, Germany: 11.05.2022 Further information

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Aktuelle Entwicklungen von Open Access vor dem Hintergrund von DEAL und Plan S
Fachtagung zur Lage der sozial- und geisteswissenschaftlichen Zeitschriften. Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB). Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB), Berlin, Germany: 09.05.2022 Further information

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Organisation of events

Diamond Open Access gemeinsam absichern: Qualitätskriterien, Förderbereiche und Möglichkeiten der Mitbestimmung
07.04.2022. Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin, Germany. Co-Organised by: Knowledge Unlatched (National) Further information

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Scholar-led and community-paid?
26.10.2021. Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany. Co-Organised by: Open Access Büro Berlin (International) Further information

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