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Open Access Policy of the University of Vienna

The following Open Access Policy was approved by the Rectorate on June 17th, 2014 on the basis of preliminary work by the Open Access Board:

As a signatory of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, the University of Vienna supports the call for free and unrestricted access to scholarly information on the internet (Open Access). With this aim in view, the University of Vienna, in cooperation with national and international institutions, actively participates in discussions and negotiations relating to the transition to Open Access in academic publishing.

In addition to the systematic collection of research in its research information system (u:cris), the University of Vienna also wants to make research results more visible and accessible on its own electronic publication archive (u:scholar). Therefore, the following guidelines apply:

The guidelines of the University of Vienna:
The University of Vienna expects all researchers employed by it to deposit a complete version of each publication in u:scholar, the university's institutional repository, and to make it freely accessible, provided there are no legal impediments to doing so.
The University of Vienna recommends their researchers to publish their academic work increasingly in Open Access journals, provided that appropriate and suitable peer-reviewed journals are available, especially if they are listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals.
The University of Vienna encourages initiatives that result in journals edited at the University of Vienna being converted to Open Access. In the future, the launch of new journals will only be supported financially if they are published Open Access and have successfully passed an external evaluation.
Support measures:
The University of Vienna provides the infrastructure necessary for electronic publishing and archiving to its researchers. It will be continuously developed to ensure the perfect coordination of research documentation*, institutional repository, international databases and subject repositories.
The University of Vienna is committed to assisting its researchers organizationally and financially with publishing in Open Access journals. The University of Vienna allocates no central funds for paying additional fees for articles in subscription journals ("hybrid Open Access") to be made Open Access as long as there are no sustainable solutions to the issue of "double dipping".**
The Open Access Office of the University Library is open to all researchers and provides advice on and assistance with scholarly publishing or editing of Open Access journals. The University Library also offers researchers support with legal issues, particularly concerning the clarification of rights when documents are uploaded to the university's publication archive.

* u:cris is the current research information system used at the University of Vienna and as such serves as the primary upload platform for publications as well. There are plans to archive documents stored in u:cris in Phaidra (or rather in Phaidra's u:scholar collection) via automated processes at a later date to guarantee permanent access. Note that a permanent identifier for your documents is only available in u:scholar at the moment.

** Subscription journals are journals, for which libraries pay subscription or license fees ("Closed Access"). Many publishers offer an "additional fee" option to their authors for single articles to be made Open Access in these journals. Because Closed and Open Access articles are mixed in such journals, these journals are also called "hybrid journals". "Double dipping" refers to the double payment for the same content, i.e., on the one hand, Open Access fees are paid by authors and, on the other hand, subscription fees are paid by libraries.

Vienna University Library
Open Access Office
c/o ZB-Physik
Boltzmanng. 5, 1090 Wien
T: 01-4277-27607 (27608)
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