Open Access Policy for FWF-funded projects

As a signatory of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, the FWF is committed to advance sustained Open Access to scholarly publications and research data. To this end, the FWF requires and supports all project leaders and co-workers to make their research results freely available through the Internet.

The following points should be taken into account:

1. Mandatory Open Access Options for Research Publications

a) Gold Open Access:
Open Access to publications can be ensured through direct publication in an Open Access medium. The medium has to provide, via its own website, immediate and unrestricted access to the final published version of the publication, which should be made available using the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license and allows immediate deposit of the final published version in other repositories without restriction on re?use (see 7. "Licensing"). This may involve payment of a fee to the publisher (see 2. "Publication Costs").

If offered by publishers and if explicitly chosen by FWF funded authors, payment for Open Access for single articles in subscription journals (Hybrid Open Access) can also be covered. The same rules as for Gold Open Access have to be applied.

b) Green Open Access:
Open access to publications can also be ensured by archiving electronic copies of the final "accepted manuscript" in any sustainable subject or institutional repository (see 3. "Repositories"), without restriction on non-commercial re-use (CC-BY-NC). If there is a restricted period during which such archiving is not permitted, the period should not be longer than six months or, in exceptional cases, twelve months after publication. If the restricted period is longer, the FWF has to be contacted and reasons have to be explained in the final report. Please consult also the publisher's self-archiving policies:

In some cases, special agreements between the FWF and publishers on cost reductions, reimbursement procedures or embargo policies exist. Authors will be informed by the publisher during the submission process.

2. Publication Costs: In all FWF programs, costs for refereed journal publications can be requested up to three years after the end of the project. In the case of monographs, proceedings and collections, the costs can only be reimbursed if the publishing house ensures Gold Open Access.

In the case of stand-alone publications (books and the like) supported by the FWF, it is mandatory to archive simultaneously an electronic copy of the book open access in the FWF-E-Book-Library.

For reimbursement of cost, see: "Support for Scientific Publications and Science Communication"

3. Repositories: Publications should be deposited in repositories with a sustainable access. These can be either subject repositories like Europe PubMedCentral (Life Sciences), arXiv (Natural Sciences), RePEc (Business & Economics), SSRN (Social Sciences & Humanities) and others or institutional repositories, see:

If the publications are in the life sciences (or related topics), authors are required to make their peer reviewed papers freely available, subject to the embargo period, in the full text repository Europe PubMedCentral. An E-Mail will be sent by Europe PubMedCentral to projects which are addressed by this policy. For details see Europe PubMedCentral(pdf, 177KB)

4. Open Research Data: Whenever legally and ethically possible, all research data and similar materials which are collected and/or analyzed using FWF funds have to be made available free of charge on the Internet either immediately after use in research publications or – if not used in publications – two years after the project is finished. Research data should be deposited in a way that it can be cited and re-used without restrictions, see:

5. Acknowledgement: Project leaders are required to acknowledge support from the FWF in every presentation and/or publication of research results. The following naming convention must be observed in all cases:Austrian Science Fund (FWF): [project number]

6. Documentation:Open Access activities are to be indicated in the final report to the FWF by listing a persistent identifier of the publication and research data (e.g. DOI, URL, URN, PubMed-ID).

7. Other Essential Sources:

Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities

Open Access Publishing
Directory for Open Access Journals
Open Access Book Publisher

OASPA Standards
OAPEN-UK: Guide to Creative Commons for Humanities and Social Science Monograph Authors

Open Research Data
Registry of Research Data Repositories
Royal Society Report: Science as an open enterprise. Open data for open science

Open Access News
FWF News
FWF Twitter


Dr. Falk Reckling