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Open Access Publication Fund for books

The University of Graz supports its researchers in making their research results Open Access. The Publication Fund provides funding for the publication of Gold Open Access books.

Funding requirements

  • You are an author/editor of the publication and a member of the University of Graz.
  • You have registered an ORCID iD.
  • The publication costs cannot be covered by third-party funding (e.g. from the FWF).

Characteristics of the publication

  • Your work is an original publication in the form of a monograph or an edited volume with a clear thematic focus.
  • Your publication has gone through an appropriate reviewing process by experts in the field, e.g. by peer review or editorial review.
  • The publisher guarantees that your publication
  • Ideally, the publisher is a member of OASPA and follows the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics.
  • It is made clear in the publication that you are affiliated with the "University of Graz" (see Affiliation Guidelines), and an acknowledgement refers to the funding by the University of Graz.

If these requirements are met, please submit a funding request (available in German only) including the completed information on the book form as well as calculations from three different publishers with transparent calculations (see below for details). The submission deadline for the funding decision is the 15th of each odd month (15.1., 15.3. etc). Provision of funding depends, among other things, on the availability of sufficient resources from the Publication Fund. The amount of funding is decided on a case-by-case basis.

Applications should be submitted at least three months before the publishing contract is signed. Please note that publication costs that have already been paid cannot be refunded.

Further information

  • The Publication Fund supports high-quality scholarly Open Access books that have been created according to the standards of good scientific practice.
  • Exceptionally, funding can also be provided for dissertations, provided that they have been assessed as particularly high quality, revised for book publication, and peer-reviewed and are relevant to a wider academic public. Master's and Bachelor's theses can be published free of charge on the unipub Open Access repository and are therefore not eligible for funding.
  • Festschrifts, textbooks, non-fiction books for a non-academic audience, reprints, new editions, etc. as well as works of exclusively local interest will not be funded.
  • Publishing contracts for funded books must contain a clear Open Access provision with clear details on licensing (e.g. Creative Commons licence CC BY).
  • Funding is awarded on the basis of competitive criteria; there is no entitlement to funding. Funding that has been approved can be claimed for two years from the date of approval.
  • Each funded publication will be uploaded to the unipub repository.
  • In contrast to Open Access costs and general publication costs, costs for the production of print copies cannot be covered.
  • The publishers´ calculations submitted should at least include the following items:
    • Open Access costs including licensing
    • If applicable, production costs for a print edition
  • The following positions should also be included:
    • Editing/proofreading
    • Typesetting/layout/formatting/creation of various output formats
    • License fees for images etc.
    • Advertising/Marketing
    • Indexing/archiving
    • Overhead costs
    • Revenue, if applicable

Applications can be submitted until September 15, 2022, at which point the university will evaluate the Open Access Publication Fund for Books.

If you have any questions, please contact the Publication Services Department at the University Library.


1. You submit a funding request for an Open Access book with the attachments as specified. To do this, please fill out the funding request form and attach the completed information on the book form as well as calculations from three different publishers. The request will be sent to the Publication Services department of the University Library and registered by the Central Registry department.

2. The University reviews funding requests every two months and notifies you and the head of your academic unit (as named in the form) whether and to what extent the publication costs will be covered. If publication costs can be covered by the University Library, the Publication Services department will send you the standard wording for the acknowledgements that must be included in the publication.

3. You send the contact details of the publishing house to the Publication Services department as soon as the costs are to be paid to the publisher.

4. The Publication Services department will provide the publisher with the necessary invoicing data based on the SAP order (order number and invoicing address).

5. The publisher sends the invoice to the Central Registry department. (If you receive the invoice directly from the publisher, please inform the Publication Services department of the University Library and do not pay the costs yourself!) The invoice is processed in the electronic invoice workflow.

6. Publication costs that exceed the funding granted by the University Library will automatically be debited from the account of your academic unit as specified in your funding request.

7. When your article is published please inform the Publication Services department of the University Library. Your publication will be uploaded to the repository unipub.


Publication Services
Universitätsplatz 3a, 3rd floor 8010 Graz



If you have been granted a Publikationszuschuss before December 2019 please use this form to get a refund and observe the invoicing and payment conditions.


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