The Vienna Principles: A Vision for Scholarly Communication in the 21st Century

A group of young researchers and science administrators of the Open Access Network Austria (OANA) has published a first version of „The Vienna Principles: A Vision for Scholarly Communication in the 21st Century“. The principles can be annotated and discussed via:

83% of peer-reviewed publications resulting from FWF projects are Open Access

Through its Open Access Policy the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) requires and supports all FWF funded project leaders and project staff members to make their peer-reviewed research results freely available through the Internet. An FWF report has analysed the Open Access compliance rate of publications listed in final project reports submitted to the FWF in 2015.

Main findings of the report:

  • In total 6,241 publications were listed in the final project reports submitted in 2015.
  • Out of those 4,580 could be clearly defined as peer-reviewed.
  • A share of 83% of all peer-reviewed publications coming out of FWF projects is openly accessible.
  • The majority of peer-reviewed publications submitted are journal articles with an Open Access share of 81% up to 87%.
  • The lowest Open Access compliance can be found in editions, collected volumes and monographs with 18% to 26%.
  • Although not compulsory, 42% of non peer-reviewed publications are freely available.

These results confirm a qualitative study (Tonta et al 2015) and quantitative study (Swan 2016) by the EU-funded network PASTEUR4OA which has recently shown that the FWF has one of the most effective Open Access Policies among funders worldwide. That is why it seems realistic for the FWF to achieve a share of nearly 100% Open Access until 2020.

For the report and the dataset, see:

Open Library of Humanities (OLH) in Vienna on 5 July

At the invitation of the Academy of Fine Arts and the FWF, Dr. Caroline Edwards, founder of the OLH, will present the Open Library of Humanities (OLH) at the Aula der Akademie der bildenden Künste on July 5th, 2016 at 4pm. In her talk titled “How the Humanities are Changing Academic Publishing”, Edwards, who is currently Lecturer at the University of London, will consider the rapidly changing open access (OA) landscape and its impact on academic research, with a particular focus on humanities scholarship. Dr Edwards will outline how the OLH has grown and what it can offer scholars in terms of bringing together the best of traditional publishing and editorial practices with cutting-edge technological innovations in digital publishing and infrastructure. The event will be held in English. Further information can be found here


Falk Reckling

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