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Conditions of funding: Articles submitted to the publisher’s subscription-based journals are eligible for funding under the agreement. The corresponding author must be a member of the University of Graz at the time that the article is accepted for publication. 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.  

FWF: Applications for FWF funding from affiliated authors can be made via the University of Graz dashboard and processed by the FWF.

Please contact Publication Services regarding funding for publication in the publisher’s Open Access journals.


The Open Access agreement allows for publishing in the following journals: see list of titles
Note: Nature and BMC journals are not covered by the agreement!

Types of article: original papers, review papers, brief communications, continuing education.

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: depending on journal policy CC BY und CC BY-NC
Articles funded by FWF must have a CC BY licence.


Submission of articles:
Springer uses the e-mail domain, IP range and name of the institution to identify the affiliation of the corresponding author Therefore, please use your official e-mail address (@uni-graz.at) and, 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.

Acceptance process:
Once an article has been accepted, the corresponding author can use the online form “My Publication“ to agree to Open Access publishing.
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”.
Articles cannot be changed to Open Access after publication.

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.


Website 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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