MDPI and TU Delft Adopting Flat Fee Model in Extended Partnership 

MDPI, the no. 1 scholarly open access publisher, is pleased to announce a renewed three-year partnership with Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. The agreement features a fixed lump-sum fee covering publishing for the entire duration, from 2024 through 2026. 

Effectively, during the next three years, authors affiliated with TU Delft will have the opportunity to publish in any journal under MDPI at zero cost. 

Up until 2023, researchers from TU Delft have published 2280 articles in MDPI journals, with an average citation rate of 11.5 per article (Web of Science data as of 12 December 2023). 

The new type of agreement significantly supports the removal of barriers for authors seeking to publish in MDPI’s open access journals. It aligns with MDPI’s broader effort to offer tailored solutions to institutions fully adopting the open access model, aiding libraries and researchers in complying with Plan S and open access mandates. 

Effective from 1 January 2024, under the terms of this agreement, TU Delft corresponding authors will enjoy unlimited publishing in MDPI journals without incurring any article processing charges. The editorial process remains consistent with that of all other articles submitted to our journals. Authors can submit manuscripts as usual using their institutional email, and if the criteria are met (affiliation with TU Delft and corresponding authorship), the invoice will be approved through the Flat Fee workflow. 

Commenting on the partnership, Louise Otting, Collection Manager at TU Delft said: “MDPI’s Flat Fee model provides stability for our authors, and it helps the library reliably budget for Open Access costs.”

“This extended cooperation reflects both parties’ commitment to a publishing model that propels researchers toward a transparent and inclusive form of publishing,” said Stefan Tochev, MDPI’s CEO. “We have all the necessary resources at hand to be the most reliable publishing partner.”

Becky Castellon, MDPI’s Institutional Partnerships Manager for Northern Europe, said: “With the new agreement in place, we can better assist TU Delft’s researchers in increasing their global reach and impact. The introduction of a Flat Fee model means MDPI is offering highly competitive pricing while ensuring our partners benefit from high predictability for their budget planning.”

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