Open Access in Action: Austrian Academic Library Consortium (KEMÖ) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

October 26, 2018 Natasha White

As part of Open Access Week 2018, we take a closer look at the three-year combined open access publication and subscription agreement that the Austrian Academic Library Consortium (KEMÖ) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) signed with Wiley earlier this year to find out how it’s going.


This transformative agreement provides researchers and students at 22 institutions affiliated with KEMÖ access to all subscription journals published by Wiley. Corresponding authors from KEMÖ-affiliated institutions are also able to publish unlimited open access articles in Wiley’s hybrid journals at no charge to the author.


We recently spoke to Brigitte Kromp, University of Vienna, Head of the Austrian Central Library for Physics and Chemistry Library and mandatee for Open Access in the Austrian Academic Library Consortium and Melanie Stummvoll, Head Office of the Austrian Academic Library Consortium who shared their thoughts and experiences of the agreement.


Q. How would you describe the current state of the open access landscape in Austria?


A. Over the last 10 years, Austria has actively participated in the open access transformation process. The FWF implemented its open access policy in 2015, and Austrian research-performing institutions and funding agencies are working together at a consortia level to put open access agreements with various publishers in place. There are currently seven available, offering Austrian researchers the opportunity to publish open access within a variety of different journals on a highly discounted, or non-existent APC-rate.

The collective support of open science initiatives, such as open access and research data policies, are great examples of the Austrian participation within the open access transformation process.


Q. How did signing the open access publication and subscription agreement with Wiley further your strategic goals related to open access?


A. It has the potential to increase the openness of publicly funded research and to boost open access publications in Austria, while continuing access to Wiley's journals.

Q. The agreement was a great example of constructive cooperation between a publisher, libraries and funding organizations. Nearly a year later, can you discuss how eligible Austrian researchers have benefited from it thus far?


A. Austrian researchers have the possibility to publish their research results open access without additional costs to them, and thereby, increasing the visibility of their publication output significantly. The agreement was also intended to provide the researchers with a smooth and simplified submission workflow, while they have the possibility to indicate their open access request. We are working with Wiley to simplify the author submission workflow as much as possible.


Q. What’s the latest on with the the enhancements to Wiley’s open access submission process for eligible authors?


A. Wiley is continuing to review and enhance the workflow to ensure that the open access submission process, as well as the decision to publish their articles open access, are smooth processes for eligible authors, affiliated with the 22 institutions participating within the agreement. Informing the authors about our current agreement in an adequate way and illustrating the associated advantages are crucial for the successful uptake. Here, we still see the opportunity for improvement, but we are dedicated to achieving this mutual goal within the next months.


Q. The theme of Open Access Week 2018 is “designing equitable foundations for open knowledge”. Would you say this agreement exemplifies this in that it provides eligible researchers both access to research and a path to publication by covering APCs?


A. We consider this agreement as one of the building blocks that will open the way towards a reality where equitable access to knowledge is common practice.


Wiley has other unique agreements with institutions and funders that allow authors to comply with open access policies when submitting and publishing in Wiley journals.


Find out more about Wiley’s Open Access Week 2018 activities, and join in the conversation on social media using #OpenAccessWeek2018.

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Natasha White

Director, Open Access Marketing // As Associate Marketing Director, Author Engagement, I have responsibility for driving Open Access and Author Engagement Marketing Strategy.

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