FAQs for University of Vienna researchers

With Plan S, which will be implemented by special funding agencies from 1 January 2020, a new Open Access policy will come into force for project participants. The new policy should accelerate the transition to a complete and immediate open access. Plan S is supported by the members of the so-called cOAlition S. Currently there are 18 funding agencies, including FWF. Information on this website is based on the Guidance on the Implementation of Plan S.

The present FAQs reflect the current state of discussion. A final version of Plan S will be published after the feedback process in spring 2019.

Last updated: 10 Dec 2018

Which articles are affected?

The articles subject to the new policy are scientific articles that are based on results from research projects fully or partially funded by FWF. (Details on this, and from when exactly it should apply, will be announced in 2019). Scientific articles resulting from projects funded by other cOAlition S-partners are also subject to the new conditions. These publications must fulfil the Plan S Open Access requirements („Plan S compliancy“).

Publications of the University of Vienna that do not result from projects funded by FWF or cOAlition S partners are not affected.

How can my article meet Plan S requirements?

(for details, please see under next point)

A scientific article is compliant with Plan S when it is made freely accessible worldwide on the Internet immediately upon publication without any embargo period and under an open licence allowing for re-use for any purpose.

Plan S requires the use of CC BY 4.0 licence by default. Alternatively, CC BY-SA or CC0 licences are also acceptable. Please note that the CC licences with the NC (non-commercial) and ND (no derivatives) modules, such as the CC BY-NC, CC BY-NC-SA, CC BY-ND and CC BY-NC-ND licences, are not Plan S compliant.

Where can I publish Plan S compliant articles?

The following options are available:

1a. Open Access journals where articles are published under a CC BY licence, i.e. the large proportion of the approximately 12,000 journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals.


  • „Fully OA journals“ with CC BY Licence, published by OA Publishers, ex:. Frontiers, MDPI, PLOS, BMC, Copernicus, Hindawi etc.
  • „Fully OA journals“ with CC BY Licence, published by traditional publishers, ex.: Scientific Reports, Nature Communications (Springer Nature), Ecology and Evolution (Wiley), Journal of Plant Interactions (Taylor & Francis) etc.


1b. Open Access platforms that publish articles with CC BY licence:

2. Repositories listed in the opendoar.org directory. It is required that a) the Authors retain their copyright and b) the final published version of the publication or at least the Author’s Accepted Manuscript (AAM) is made freely accessible worldwide under a CC-BY licence. The publication must be fully available open access at the time of publication, without any embargo period.


! Please note that currently only very few publishers permit authors to archive publications under these conditions (no embargo period and use of CC BY licence). Detailed information can be found on the publishers' websites or in the SHERPA/RoMEO database.
! The posting of preprints of articles (ex.: on arXiv.org) is not sufficient to be compliant with Plan S.

3. Subscription journals with Open Access option („Hybrid OA“)
Publishing Open Access in subscription journals is only compliant with Plan S if the respective publisher has a “transformative agreement” in place. In recent years FWF and the University of Vienna have concluded a number of such OA agreements with Springer, Wiley, Taylor & Francis and Institute of Physics, etc. within the framework of the Austrian Academic Library Consortium. An overview of the current agreements can be found at https://openaccess.univie.ac.at/en/funding/oa-publishing-agreements/.

Who pays the publication charges? What is the maximum amount covered?

Any publication costs – in the case of FWF projects - will continue to be borne by the FWF within the applicable cost limits. For projects with other cOAalition S partners, the conditions of the respective funding organisation apply.

Contact: openaccess@univie.ac.at