The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and Cooperation E-Media Austria (KEMÖ) have signed a three-year contract with John Wiley and Sons that combines the use of content and the publication of open-access articles. FWF-funded authors affiliated with one of the 22 participating KEMÖ consortium members and corresponding authors of a publication can publish open-access articles unlimited and free of charge in Wiley’s hybrid journals. The agreement applies to all articles accepted by Wiley in hybrid journals from 1 January 2018. Eligible authors will be automatically identified and informed about the possibility of free open-access publication.

Katharina Rieck, representative of the FWF and responsible for open access, emphasised: "The agreement has shown that constructive cooperation between publishers, libraries and funding organisations can lead to a result that benefits everyone, but especially researchers. The FWF hopes that this example will be followed by more publishers soon in order to increase openness of results of publicly funded research."

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 commented: “We are very pleased to make another significant step towards making Austrian research open access. We were looking for a transitional agreement that can maximise these opportunities while continuing to access Wiley’s journals. The agreement ticks all these boxes and aligns with our strategic goals.”

Susanne Tremml, Head Office of the Austrian Academic Library Consortium, stated: “We are happy that after several agreements with an open access component in place, the consortium is now able to offer this possibility for its members with Wiley. The agreed open access workflow for authors, libraries and the publisher will facilitate effortless managing. We are looking forward to seeing an additional boost in open access publications in Austria.”

Liz Ferguson, VP Editorial Development, remarked: “We are delighted to have reached this agreement with KEMÖ and the FWF. Eligible Authors at KEMÖ-affiliated institutions can now publish with open access for accepted articles in our hybrid journals and all researchers are also able to access all subscription journal content published by Wiley. We remain committed to working with our institutional customers and authors to offer flexible models and academic choice for their research and publications.”

Further information: https://www.konsortien.at/wiley-oa-austria.asp

The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) is Austria’s central funding organisation for basic research. Applying international quality benchmarks, the FWF provides funding for outstanding research projects and excellent researchers who work to generate, broaden and deepen scientific knowledge. The FWF has been a strong supporter of open access for more than a decade and coordinator of the Open Access Network Austria (OANA).

The Austrian Academic Library Consortium (KEMÖ) is coordinating acquisition and management of electronic resources including usage rights for its 57 member institutions, from Research Institutes, Private and Universities of Applied Sciences to large Universities. Since 2014 open access is one of the main focuses of the Consortium and it is therefore collaborating in several national and international open access initiatives. The Head Office of KEMÖ is a department of the Austrian Library Network and Services Ltd (Österr. Bibliothekenverbund und Service GmbH) and is situated in Vienna. The website of KEMÖ can be accessed at www.konsortien.at.

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