Funding for Open Access publishing

As opposed to conventional subscription journals financed by subscription or licence fees, Open Access journals do not charge for access to their content. They are financed instead (in about 1/3 of all cases) by so-called article processing charges or APCs that authors are asked to cover. To assist authors with OA publishing, many academic institutions offer funding schemes.

The following funding schemes are available to affiliates of the University of Vienna:

  • OA publishing fund: This central fund provided by the University Library is available to University affiliates for publishing in Open Access journals (Gold OA).
  • OA publishing agreements: These agreements (currently available for BMC/SpringerOpen, Emerald, IOP, RSC, SAGE, SCOAP3, Springer, Taylor & Francis) support OA publishing in conventional subscription journals (Hybrid OA). This meets the wishes of many authors to be able to publish OA in highly renowned and established journals.
  • FWF funding and EU funding: OA funding for publications resulting from projects funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) or the EU is covered by their respective agreements. The respective Open Access policies apply.


Important hint: Always check whether a journal is reputable before submission. The increase in OA journals in recent years has unfortunately led to more and more dubious publishers/providers charging article processing charges without offering appropriate publisher services such as quality assurance or copy editing in return (predatory publishing).