All authors of a scientific publication can receive money from the German association Verwertungsgesellschaft Wort (VG Wort). VG Wort is a non-profit organisation that exercises the rights of authors if their works are available in public libraries in Germany – in print or digitally.
Once a year, the generated income is distributed to the authors. However, authors must have registered with VG Wort in advance by signing a representation contract („Wahrnehmungsvertrag“). Afterwards, they can report their published texts to VG Wort and receive money for them.
In the field of academia, all books and texts can be reported that are available in German libraries and have more than 1800 characters. This includes scientific papers in German as well as in international journals, no matter in which language they are written. The nationality of the author is irrelevant for the distribution of money.
- Printed publications (e.g. books, articles in printed journals)
- Online publications (e.g. journal articles)