In 2013 the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) has commissioned a survey among the Austrian scientific community. The results were published in March 2014.

Two questions concerning Open Access were also part of the survey:

  • “How much need for promoting open access to scientific/scholarly publications and data do you see in the Austrian science system?”

  • “To what extent do you believe the FWF’s funding portfolio covers promoting open access to scientific/scholarly publications and data for the Austrian science and innovation system?”

The results are unambiguous. On the one hand, all groups saw a high or very high need for promoting Open Access (only 14% saw no or low need). On the other hand, especially early career researchers, women and social scientists asked for more support by the FWF.

FWF Scientists Survey 2013(pdf, 4.1MB) – Open Access

High or very high need for promoting Open Access in AustriaPromoting Open Access is not or only partly covered by the FWF
All67,9%23,8%
Women73,8%24,7%
Men63,9%22,9%
Natural Science66,3%16,4%
Technical Science63,2%28,5%
Life Sciences71,7%21,1%
Social Sciences64,4%37,6%
Humanities69,5%25,8%
Full Professors53,0%17,3%
Other Professors64,2%20,8%
PostDocs69,5%21,8%
Doctoral Students and others79,5%36,6%

On the basis of these results, the study Developing an Effective Market for Open Access Article Processing Charges (commissioned by e.g. FWF, Wellcome Trust, Research Councils UK), the analysis of FWF’s publication costs and other international developments the FWF has recently adapted its Open Access funding policy.

Summary of all changes

New Open Access Policy

Contact:

Falk Reckling

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