The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) calls for support of the "Expression of Interest in the Large-scale Implementation of Open Access to Scholarly Journals“ initiated by the Max Planck Society

Free access to scholarly publications in the internet (Open Access) belongs to the hot topics of current international research policy.  Although some remarkable successes were achieved in recent years, a systematic and complete transition to Open Access is still pending.

That should be changed now by the recent initiative  „Expression of Interest in the Large-scale Implementation of Open Access to Scholarly Journals“ of the Max Planck Society, supported also current EU Presidency of the Netherlands.

As the one the first signers, the FWF does not only welcome the initiative of the Max Planck Society but promotes also support and alliances among all relevant actors in Austria.

The Austrian funding and research organisations have a very good starting position since they have  already achieved some pioneering Open Access agreements with publishers like IoP Publishing, Royal Society of Chemistry, Taylor & Franics and Sage. But what matters now is to accelerate the development by intensifying national and international cooperation.

However, the transition of scholarly journals to Open Access is not enough.  Rather the entire academics publication system has to be considered and respective national and international strategies have to be developed. For this, a group of experts of the Open Access Network Austria (OANA) has just recently prepared:
Recommendations for the Transition to Open Access in Austria.

Falk Reckling

The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) nominates Christoph Kratky for an EU High Level Group

With support of renown international organisations such as Wellcome Trust, OAPEN Library, SPARC Europe, PASTEUR4OA and Open Knowledge Austria, the FWF nominates the former FWF President Christoph Kratky for the High Level Advisory Group „Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP)“ of the European Commission.

Nomination letter:
EU-OA-HighLevelGroup_Application_FWF_CK.pdf(pdf, 346KB)

FWF E-Book-Library – A Success Story
The world-wide usage of Open Access books funded by the FWF increases annually

More readers are turning to Open Access books every year. The current usage report of the OAPEN Library regarding download figures from books archived in the FWF E-Book Library shows an increase in the average downloads per book by around 21% (around 282 downloads per book) in 2015. 

Although downloads (as well as book sales) cannot be seen as a direct measure of perception like citations, the annual dissemination is nevertheless impressive - especially when keeping in mind that usually only around 200 print copies per book are being sold in total and that most FWF funded books are written in German.

Annual usage data

  • In 2014, 217 books that were archived in the FWF E-Book Library received 50.439 downloads. In 2015, 288 books received 81.134 downloads.
  • The users came from 152 countries. The countries with the most downloads are Germany, Austria, United States, United Kingdom, China, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Ukraine.
  • For the whole report, see here.

Books with the most downloads:

Title [Grant Number - Publisher]Downloads 2015
Album [PUB 24 Wallstein Verlag]2328
Hitler – Beneš – Tito [PUB 52 Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften]2122
Die kaiserliche Gemäldegalerie und die Anfänge des öffentlichen Kunstmuseums, Band1 [PUB 121 Böhlau]1552
Zwischen geistiger Erneuerung und Restauration [PUB 82 Böhlau]1480
Im nationalen Abwehrkampf der Grenzlanddeutschen [PUB 199 Böhlau]1459
Literatur in Österreich 1938-1945 [D 4266 Böhlau]1416
Die kaiserliche Gemäldegalerie und die Anfänge des öffentlichen Kunstmuseums, Band 2 [PUB 122 Böhlau]1391
Handbuch der österreichischen Kinder- und Jugendbuchautorinnen: M-Z [D 4232 Böhlau]1300
Handbuch der österreichischen Kinder- und Jugendbuchautorinnen: A-K [D 4231 Böhlau]1267
Terrorismus [D 4038 Studien Verlag]1245

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