Open Access publishing agreement: BioMed Central (BMC) / SpringerOpen

Authors affiliated with the University of Vienna can publish Open Access without any additional charges in approximately 500 BMC / SpringerOpen journals under a transformative Open Access publishing agreement. Please find the agreement details here:

Validity period
since 2008
Funding for
Articles in BMC journals as well as SpringerOpen journals: Eligible Journals (PDF)
Funding requirements
  • The "corresponding author"1) of the article is affiliated2) with the University of Vienna on the date of submission.
  • The "corresponding author" states "University of Vienna" as their affiliation or as one of their affiliations in the article.
  • Article types covered: OriginalPaper, ReviewPaper, BriefCommunication. Funding for other article types needs to be requested: OA funding application UNIVIE | OA funding application FWF
  • A maximum of three BMC/SpringerOpen publications per author per calendar year can be funded (does not apply to publications resulting from FWF funding).
  • The following applies to articles resulting from EU projects: funding provided by the EU3).

FWF projects: OA funding processed by UniVie. Additional requirements:

  • Required licence: CC BY
  • The following passage must be included in all publications at submission:
    This research was funded in whole or in part by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) [grant DOI]. For open access purposes, the author has applied a CC BY public copyright license to any author accepted manuscript version arising from this submission.
InvoicingNo invoicing, discounted OA costs covered by prepayment account.
Author workflow
Articles have to be submitted from the University data network using the institutional e-mail address ( or so the publisher can recognise eligible authors. The affiliation of the "corresponding author" to the University of Vienna will be checked by the Open Access Office.
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Only "corresponding authors" are eligible for funding. "Corresponding author" is the person the publisher is in contact with concerning the article and who is named as such in the publication itself. Co-authors, first authors or last authors are not eligible for funding unless they are also corresponding authors. The "corresponding author" principle is used internationally to determine which institution covers the charges in case an article is written by authors of different institutional backgrounds. It facilitates fair distribution of costs.

2) University affiliates are defined in UG 2002 §94. Should you be a research grant holder please provide confirmation to that effect via e-mail.

3) If the EU is named as a funder in the article it is responsible for Open Access funding (regardless of whether the corresponding author was involved in the project). Please note that the funding requirements in your EU grant agreement have to be met (see also OA funding for EU projects).