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Open Access Agreements

Open Access Agreements between the University of Graz and Publishers

One variation of Gold Open Access is the so-called Hybrid Open Access model. Authors are offered the opportunity to publish their articles Open Access in renowned subscription-based journals. This usually entails the payment of Article Processing Charges (APCs), on average $2,000. Hybrid Open Access is controversial due to the fact that publishers earn from both journal subscriptions and APCs and often both costs are financed by public funds.

In order to avoid this so-called double dipping, the University Library within the framework of the Kooperation E-Medien Österreich (KEMÖ) is striving to negotiate Open Access Agreements with publishers that significantly reduce or exempt APCs for researchers. A further objective of these negotiations of such agreements is to also reduce any administrative burden for staff members of the University of Graz.

Nowadays, Open Access is an integral part of the publication culture in many academic disciplines. In recognition of this, pilot agreements for publications in Gold Open Access journals were signed last year, e.g. with MDPI and DeGruyter.

Open Access agreements are an investment in a greater visibility of scientific output at the University of Graz. These agreements contribute to the implementation of the Open Access Policy of the University of Graz. Therefore, we would like to ask you to take the best advantage of these offerings over the next years.


General criteria for the use of the Open Access agreements:

  • You are the Corresponding Author of the article
  • You are a staff member of the University of Graz
  • Publication costs are not already covered by funding bodies or grants (e.g. FWF, ERC).
  • The acknowledgments must indicate the funding by the University Library of the University of Graz. The following wording is recommended: "The authors acknowledge the financial support by the University of Graz".
  • Please use your University’s e-mail address and submit your articles, if possible, via the University’s data network so that the articles will be recognised as eligible for funding by the publishers.
  • It is the responsibility of the Corresponding Author to acquire the consent of all co-authors to the Open Access publication and the respective CC license.
  • In accordance with the Open Access Policy of the University of Graz, it is recommended that staff members of the University of Graz make publications that have already been published available in the institutional repository uni≡pub, provided there are no serious legal or economic obstacles to this.


Overview of all current Open Access Agreements:


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