Martha Keil

Eveline Brugger

Birgit Wiedl

Research Area
Jewish History

Research Institution
Institute for Jewish History in Austria

Academic Position
Director (Keil),
research fellows (Brugger, Wiedl)

Important Grants or Merits
U Connex II project "Business Life and Women's rights" (Keil),
FWF project: "Documents on Jewish History in Eastern Austria" (Brugger),
FWF project: "Documents on Jewish History in Southern and Western Austria" (Wiedl)

The main reason for putting our publications online via open access is the fact that the global accessibility makes them more easily available to the scientific community. Besides the advantages of a general availability without physical or financial barriers, the fact that those publications are indexed by search engines also brings them to the attention of a much wider audience and facilitates the world–wide interconnection of scientific results. This is of particular importance for fields of research which aren´t part of the scientific mainstream because open access allows for completely new possibilities for dissemination. The extensive feedback we have received for our existing open access projects has proven the tremendous impact of such a form of publication.

Those are also the reasons for our general support of open access: access to scientific publications is of crucial importance to every scholar and should therefore be made as straightforward and efficient as possible. Furthermore, open access helps avoid the strain on the - usually tight - budgets of scientific institutions that is caused by having to purchase those publications.