Open Access publishing agreement: MDPI

Authors affiliated with the University of Vienna can publish Open Access in the approximately 290 MDPI Open Access journals under a publishing agreement. Payment for the discounted APCs is provided by the central Open Access publishing fund. Please find the agreement details here:

Validity period
Funding for
Articles in MDPI journals: Eligible Journals (PDF)
Funding requirements
  • The "corresponding author" of the article is affiliated1) 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.
  • A maximum of three MDPI 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 EU2).

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.
Invoicing with agreement discount addressed to the Open Access Office. OA costs are fully covered and paid for.
Author workflow
In the last step of the submission process, "Unversity of Vienna" has to be selected as "Institutional Open Access Program". The affiliation of the "corresponding author" to the University of Vienna will be checked by the Open Access Office.
Publisher's infopublisher website
Consortium infoKEMÖ website

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).