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Conditions of funding: Articles submitted to the publisher’s subscription-based journals and Gold Open Access journals are eligible for funding under the agreement. Please note that Mirror Journals

are also eligible for funding. Mirror journals have the same title as the parent journals but are distinguished by an X at the end of their name, (for example, Journal of Hydrology X). They also have separate ISSNs and citation metrics. The corresponding author must be a member of the University of Graz at the time that the article is submitted. Funding will not be provided if publishing costs are covered by research grants, from among others the FWF, ERC, FFG. The library will review the author’s eligibility for funding. The corresponding author is responsible for securing the agreement of all co-authors to Open Access publication and the related CC licence.   


The Open Access agreement allows for publishing in the following journals: see list of titles.

In addition, the Open Access agreement covers publishing in the following Cell Press journals: see list of titles.

Types of article:

  • Hybrid journals except Cell Press (for submissions 1.1.2020-31.12.2023): FLA (full-length articles), REV (review articles)
  • Cell Press hybrid journals (for submissions 1.1.2022-31.12.2023): FLA (full-length articles), REV (review articles), SCO (short communications)

Please note: The consortium can only fund a limited number of eligible Open Access articles. Once the quota has been filled, it will no longer be possible to publish at no cost.

Please note that the consortium's quota of free APCs in Gold OA journals has been used up! Please contact publication services to see which funding options may be available for your article.

  • Gold journals (for submissions 1.1.2021-31.12.2021: all article types
  • Gold journals (for submissions 1.1.2022-31.12.2022: FLA (full-length articles), REV (review articles)

Article Processing Charges: APCs are covered by the Open Access agreement. Authors do not incur any APCs. Additional costs, like page charges or colour charges, are not covered within the scope of the Open Access agreement.

Creative Commons licence: CC-BY; CC BY-NC-ND


Submission of articles:

Elsevier uses the statement of affiliation as well as the institutional e-mail address (@uni-graz.at) to identify an author’s affiliation. If possible, submit your article from the University of Graz network. Follow the University of Graz affiliation guidelines when stating which institution you belong to. Please note that you must select your affiliation from the suggested list.
Articles can be changed to Open Access after publication.

Acceptance process:
Once the author’s eligibility for funding has been reviewed by the library, they will be sent a licence contract from Elsevier. The author needs to sign the contract and select the CC licence before returning the document via the author dashboard.
You must cite the funding through the University of Graz in the acknowledgements. The recommended wording is either: “The authors acknowledge the financial support by the University of Graz”, or “Dieser Artikel wurde durch finanzielle Unterstützung der Universität Graz Open Access publiziert“.

After publication:
Your article should be entered into the University of Graz Research Portal. The platform can be accessed from your UNIGRAZonline business card or at forschungsportal.uni-graz.at. For further information as well as instructions, (German only), please see the Intranet.
In accordance with the University of Graz Open Access policy, it is recommended that university members make previously published articles available in the institutional repository unipub, as long as there is no severe legal or financial reason not to do so.

Webseite of the agreement

Further information on the Open Access agreement


Open-Access-Abkommen / Open Access Agreements
Universitätsplatz 3a 8010 Graz
Tanja Krstanović DW 1412

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