Open Access to Peer-reviewed Publications

The FWF requires and supports all project leaders and project staff members to make their peer-reviewed publications freely available through the Internet, if they result in full or in part from projects funded by the FWF. Three options are available for open access to peer-reviewed publications:

1) Gold Open Access

Open Access to publications is ensured through direct publication in an Open Access venue. The publisher should apply the highest standards of HowOpenIsIt. In any case, however, the publication has to be made available using the Creative Commons Attribution CC-BY licence 1 (or an equivalent open licence). Journals have to be listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) 2

Costs: Gold Open Access publishing may involve an article processing charge (APC) to the publisher (see Section III, Publication Costs).

2) Hybrid Open Access
If offered by publishers and if explicitly chosen by FWF-funded authors, the costs of open access to single contributions in a subscription venue (Hybrid Open Access) can also be covered. The same rules as for Gold Open Access apply, but the journals or proceedings must be listed in Web of Science or Scopus.

Agreement with publishers:
In some cases, special agreements exist between the FWF and publishers on cost reductions, reimbursement procedures or embargo policies. Authors will be informed by the publisher during the submission process (see Peer-Reviewed Publications).

3) Green Open Access
Open Access to publications can also be ensured by self-deposition of the author’s accepted manuscript (after peer review but prior to the publisher’s copy editing and production) in any sustainable subject or institutional repository. If there is a restricted period during which such archiving is not permitted, the period should not be longer than 12 months. If the embargo period is longer, please choose an alternative publishing venue. For publisher’s self-archiving policies, please consult the SHERPA/RoMEO database.

II. Archiving

Notwithstanding the selected option (see Section I), publications have to be deposited (by the author or by the publisher) in repositories with sustainable access at the time of publication. These can be either subject or institutional repositories (see Directory of Open Access Repositories 3).

If the publications are in the life sciences (or related topics), authors are required to make their peer-reviewed papers freely available, subject to the embargo period, in the full-text repository Europe PMC. An e-mail will be sent by Europe PMC to principal investigators affected by this policy. For more information, please consult the guidelines.

III. Publication Costs

In all FWF programmes, costs for peer-reviewed journal publications and similar formats (e.g. contributions to proceedings and collected volumes) can be requested up to three years after the end of the project (see Peer-Reviewed Publications)

Other forms of peer-reviewed publications (e.g. monographs, complete collected volumes or proceedings, databases and other web-based formats) are supported by the Stand-Alone Publications Programme.

IV. Acknowledgement

Principal investigators are required to acknowledge support from the FWF in every presentation and/or publication of research results. The following naming convention must be observed in all cases:
Austrian Science Fund (FWF): project number.

V. Documentation

Open Access activities are to be indicated in the final report to the FWF. Compliance with FWF’s Open Access Policy must be demonstrated by providing a persistent address where the full text of the publication can be accessed, read and downloaded. This address may either be an ID associated with a recognised service (DOI, identifier of PubMed Central, ArXiv, RePEc, SSRN or Datacite DOI) or another persistent address that is guaranteed to be resolvable for at least ten years.


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1 For book publications, the licensing requirements of the programme "Stand-Alone Publications" apply.

2 If an Open Access Journal has been founded very recently (in the last 12 months) and is therefore not yet registered in the DOAJ, it must be clear from the journal’s website that the DOAJ criteria are fulfilled.

3 If an embargo period must be applied, most repositories offer settings so that the publication is not made openly accessible until the embargo period has expired.