Our partners

The University of Vienna actively participates in discussions and negotiations to transform academic publishing to Open Access in cooperation with national and international institutions. The following overview shows our most important partner institutions and projects:

Austrian Academic Library Consortium

The "Austrian Academic Library Consortium" (in German: "Kooperation E-Medien Österreich", KEMÖ) coordinates acquisition and administration of databases, e-journals and e-books. Apart from conventional licence agreements the Austrian Academic Library Consortium increasingly negiotates licence agreements that include Open Access components.

Website: https://www.kemoe.at/english

Austrian Transition to Open Access 2 (AT2OA2)

The Austrian Transition to Open Access 2 (AT2OA²) project has the stated goal of promoting the transformation from Closed to Open Access (OA) to scholarly publications, as did its predecessor.

Website: https://www.at2oa.at/

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

The "Directory of Open Access Journals" (DOAJ) is a freely available directory that allows registration of quality tested OA journals. The rectorate of the University of Vienna supports the DOAJ as part of a common initiative together with Universities Austria and the Austrian Science Fund.

Website: http://doaj.org

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)

The "Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition" (SPARC) campaigns for up-to-date scholarly communication. The Vienna University Library is a member of SPARC Europe.

Website: http://sparceurope.org/

Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR)

The "Confederation of Open Access Repositories" (COAR) fosters visibility of research output by connecting repositories. The Vienna University Library is a member of COAR through its activities in connection with Phaidra.

Website: http://www.coar-repositories.org/


With over 2,2 million documents, "arXiv" is the most important subject repository for physics, mathematics etc. The Vienna University Library contributes financially to arXiv's upkeep.

Website: http://arxiv.org/

Knowledge Unlatched

"Knowledge Unlatched" is an initiative that promotes Open Access books. The Vienna University Library is part of this worldwide consortium which collectively finances selected books so they can be made freely available on central portals such as OAPEN.

Website: http://www.knowledgeunlatched.org


The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is an initiative for Open Access journals in the humanities and social sciences that was founded by scholars from Great Britain in 2015. Vienna University Library joined the OLH library partnership programme at the end of 2017.

Website: https://www.openlibhums.org/

Open Knowledge Maps

Open Knowledge Maps is dedicated to improving the visibility of scientific knowledge. To this end, the charitable nonprofit organisation operates the largest visual search engine in the world. Our approach is to use knowledge maps for discovery. Knowledge maps provide an instant overview of a scientific field and thus enable users to get acquainted with the literature much more quickly. Vienna University Library has been a supporting member of Open Knowledge Maps since 2020.

Website: https://openknowledgemaps.org


OpenAIRE A.M.K.E. is an international non-profit partnership, which changed to legal entity status in 2018 after more than 10 years in project status. The University of Vienna was taking part from the very beginning, as a partner in all four previous projects and now as a regular member of OpenAIRE AMKE. The aim of this network, which has more than 45 members so far, is to provide an infrastructure for permanent Open Scholarly Communication which supports research in Europe. OpenAIRE works closely with the EOSC (European Open Science Cloud). Among other things, consultations in various areas of Open Science for scientists and research-supporting services are offered, webinars are held regularly and an online platform for scientific output is operated, where dashboards of scientific monitoring are offered for various target groups and other services are provided. The NOAD Austria (National Open Science Desk) is located at the University Library of Vienna.

Website: http://www.openaire.eu/


The "SCOAP3" project makes the publisher's version of articles from the field of high energy physics freely available. The Central Library for Physics is involved in this ground-breaking project via its activities in the Austrian Academic Library Consortium of the Austrian Library Network and Service Ltd, which acts as SCOAP3's National Contact Point in Austria.

Website: http://scoap3.org


The "OAPEN Library" contains freely available scholarly books, mostly from the humanities and social sciences. OAPEN cooperates with publishers to establish a quality tested collection of Open Access books and offers services to publishers, libraries and funders in the areas of quality assurance, dissemination, and digital long-term preservation. The Vienna University Library supports this initiative as part of a nationwide consortium.

Website: http://oapen.org