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To celebrate the international Open Access Week , the FWF informs about upcoming events.

FWF as a role model
The EU Network PASTEUR4OA has evaluated the FWF Open Access policy as one of the most effective policies of a funding agency:

Club Research 21/10/2015 in Vienna „The Economics of Academic Publishing”. What does the Access to new Knowledge cost?

This panel discussion will be opened by a Keynote of the renowned Dutch physicist and Rector of the Radboud University Gerard Meijer.

For those who cannot join the event, a recent 15 minute talk by Meijer concerning this topic is openly available (starting at: 7:46:08). In this talk, Meijer as negotiator in chief of the Dutch Universities proclaims a rebellion against current business models by some academic publishing houses and claims a transition to Open Access publishing. This positon is also supported by the EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas and the League of European Research Universities (LERU). Under the banner „Christmas is over. Research funding should go to research, not to publishers!” LERU has started a signature campaign. The FWF has immediately signed it, especially because the former FWF President Christoph Kratky has defended a very similar position in NATURE more than two years ago.

Successful fund raising campaign for the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) by Universities Austria (UNIKO) and by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

The UNIKO and the FWF recommended the Austrian research and research policy institutions to support the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). DOAJ is a free accessible and non-commercial database which organises a quality-oriented registration of scholarly Open Access Journals, see:

By now, 16 Austrian institutions have committed themselves to fund DOAJ at least for the next two years with € 28.486 p.a.


University of Vienna€ 5.000initially for two years
BMWFW - Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy€ 5.000initially for two years
FWF - Austrian Science Fund€ 5.000temporary unlimited

WU - Vienna University for Economics and Business

€ 2.000initially for two years
IST - Institute of Science and Technology Austria€ 1.500temporary unlimited
ÖAW - Austrian Academy of Sciences€ 1.500initially for two years
Technical University Austria€ 1.000initially for two years
CEMM - Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences€ 1.0002015 - 2017
Technical University Graz€ 586initially for two years
FH Technikum Wien€ 1.0002015 - 2016
University of Klagenfurt€ 600initially for two years
University of Graz€ 1.500initially for two years
Mozarteum University Salzburg€ 1.000initially for two years
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)€ 600initially for two years
Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS)€ 600initially for two years
University of Applied Sciences FH Vorarlberg€ 600initially for two years
Total€ 28.486

The FWF hopes that other institutions in Austria and elsewhere will follow soon. 

If you or your institution wants to support DOAJ, please contact: lars(at)

Tool for assessing academic journals

Quality Open Access Market (QOAM) is an assessment tool for researchers to evaluate more than 17.000 open access journals incl. conventional journals with an open access option. 

If a significant number of researchers participate, QOAM could be a helpful supplement to dominating but also controversial metrics like the journal impact factor.

QOAM is developed and funded by the Dutch research organisations SURFNWOCWTSKNAW und Radboud University. Moreover, the consultation process was supported by several renowned international experts, funding bodies (incl. FWF) and publishers.

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