Schmalenbach Journal of Business Research


For authors

SBUR is a fully Open Access (OA) journal that is financed by Article Processing Charges (APCs) raised by the publisher in case a manuscript is accepted for publication.

Some agreements between national consortia or consortia of research institutions and Springer Nature (like Projekt DEAL) cover the APCs for publications in fully OA journals. Please check existing fully OA agreements on this website.

For corresponding authors based in Germany: The agreement with Projekt DEAL includes fully OA and hybrid journals. Please see this website for more information on eligible institutions in Germany. Moreover, several research funding institutions offer reimbursement of APCs in their support for the Open Science philosophy, such as the DFG or the FWF.

To take advantage of these agreements, please follow the steps described below.

During the submission process, you will be asked to consent to an APC payment. You can choose either

  • the first option: „I accept responsibility for paying the APC on this article or I believe that I am covered by a Springer Nature Open Access agreement“. This option is suitable in most cases for corresponding authors at institutions in Germany because most universities and research institutions have signed the DEAL.


  • the second option: „I believe that I am covered by a BMC/SpringerOpen Membership Account and wish to request institutional payment or discount (as applicable)”. Please choose this option if you are not at a German university or research institution, and enter the following code:


By selecting this option, you apply for funding by the two owners of the journal, Schmalenbach-Gesellschaft für Betriebswirtschaft e.V. and VHB (

We do not recommend to choose the third option as this applies only in very special cases.

At acceptance of your manuscript, your eligibility for a Springer Nature Open Access agreement (e.g., DEAL) will nevertheless be checked in the first place, no matter if you chose the first or the second option. If you are found to be eligible for a Springer Nature Open Access agreement, your application for funding by the societies (Schmalenbach-Gesellschaft and VHB) will be automatically withdrawn. In this case, DEAL will be charged for your APC payment. If none of these other reimbursements is available, your application for funding by Schmalenbach-Gesellschaft für Betriebswirtschaft e.V. and VHB will be further processed.




Gehrig Thomas
Prof. Thomas Gehrig, Ph.D.
Universität Wien


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Alfred Wagenhofer
Universität Graz


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Editorial Assistants

Dr. Birgit Beinsen
Universität Graz

Dr. Bianca Volk
Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft e.V.