As the first consortium worldwide, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and ten Austrian research institutes support SciPost, an Open Access publication platform in the field of physics. SciPost is free of charge for readers and authors and is based on an international cost-sharing model of leading institutions. The platform is supported by a large number of high-level researchers and has already published several first-class articles, including some from Austria.
Falk Reckling (FWF)
“The FWF is delighted to form a consortium with the Austrian research institutions to fund SciPost, an Open Access publication platform. SciPost is a ground-breaking role model for transitioning the academic publishing system towards Open Access and thus for implementing the Plan S Open Access initiative of cOAlition S. It is particularly promising that SciPost will include further research fields in the next few years.”
Jean-Sébstien Caux (SciPost)
"We are extremely pleased to announce that Austria will form the first national consortium to sponsor SciPost. Led by the FWF, this consortium includes the Universities of Graz, Innsbruck, Linz, Salzburg and Vienna, the Technical Universities of Graz and of Vienna, the Montaniversität Leoben, the IST Austria together with the Austrian Academy of Sciences. The consortium will sponsor SciPost for a period of 5 years. SciPost will dedicate all these resources to furthering its mission to transform scientific publishing by providing a Genuine Open Access solution to researchers worldwide. In particular, our operations naturally align with and fulfil the requirements of Plan S from cOAlition S. Many Austrian researchers have already adopted and contributed to the SciPost platform, and we hope that this mark of recognition from this consortium will encourage many more to join in and further fuel our expanding operations."
Jörg Schmiedmayer (TU Wien)
“As a researcher I think scientists should take possession of their intellectual property. One consequence is to take publishing into our own hands and not let other institutions make enormous profit from disseminating our intellectual property. As group leader advising many young scientist I am very pleased with the initiative of SciPost, a top level journal from scientists for scientists. Scientific knowledge should be free. The archive (https://arxiv.org) took a bold step long ago to provide a forum for scientists to share the latest research freely. In many of the hottest fields it is now the submission to arXiv to claim to priority. For long the acceptance at a top level journal was the final approval. SciPost now combines both. It provides a reviewed ‘approval’ of scientific results posted on arXiv, and the connection to the published world by listing it in all the ‘citation data bases’ as a tradition journal. As such it fills a long overdue spot in the publication landscape. I believe that it very well be the future of top level scientific publishing. I also very much appreciate the way refereeing is handled. Making the submitted manuscripts, the reports and the replies open accessible to everybody gives a new level of openness and open scientific discussion which will be a model for modern publishing. SciPost is a model of how we should do dissemination of our scientific results.”