TU Wien Bibliothek supports researchers in the publication of articles in a number of ways:

  • Through agreements with academic communities or institutions that publish open access journals
  • Through agreements with well-known publishing houses, which enable immediate worldwide open access to the respective article and thus support the transformation from closed access to open access
  • Through covering the article processing charges (APCs) from the publication fund
  • Through reposiTUm, TU Wien's open access platform
  • Co-financing from arXiv, SCOAP3, SciPost
  • Advice on legal matters and licences


Open access publishing in gold open access journals

Open access journals usually provide the same quality assurance by means of peer review as conventional subscription journals. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), opens an external URL in a new window provides an overview of the aforementioned open access journals.

Please note that there are also open access publishing houses with dubious business practices (known as predatory publishing), which publish fake journals and organise fake conferences. Prior to submission, we would recommend that you take a look at the "Think Check Submit", opens an external URL in a new window website or also consult the Guidelines to identify dubious open access journals, opens an external URL in a new window.

When publishing in open access journals, publication fees, known as article processing charges (APCs), may be incurred. TU Wien provides a subsidy for this purpose from the publication fund managed by TU Wien Bibliothek.

When publishing in open access journals, publication fees, known as article processing charges (APCs), may be incurred. TU Wien provides a subsidy for this purpose from the publication fund managed by TU Wien Bibliothek. The funding requirements are listed on our page on funding.

--> Overview of agreements with publishing houses on open access journals

To facilitate operations, TU Wien Bibliothek has set up individual accounts for open access journals based on agreements with selected publishing houses. If an article is submitted to these journals, the library is informed by the publishing house and contacts the corresponding author. If the subsidy criteria are fulfilled, the costs are paid from the publication fund. There is no need for authors to apply separately to the publication fund.

Open access publishing in subscription journals

Publishing open access articles in subscription journals (hybrid open access) incurs double the costs, as the publishing companies charge publication fees to authors and subscription fees to institutions. Many of these journals have a long history and have a high reputation in their respective discipline.

TU Wien Bibliothek is negotiating open access components more and more frequently and concludes what are known as transformation agreements with publishing houses, which are a vital contribution to arranging for the transformation process from closed access to open access to be cost neutral as far as possible. This provides members of TU Wien with the opportunity of making their publications freely accessible around the world in established journals as soon as they are published. Invoicing is conducted centrally by TU Wien Bibliothek. However, outside the publisher agreements specified below, the library does not assume any costs for hybrid open access, due to cost issues.


Criteria for using agreements with open access components:

  • The submitting/corresponding author is a member of TU Wien.
  • The publication costs are not covered by sponsored projects (e.g. FWF, ERC).
  • Financing by TU Wien Bibliothek must be mentioned in the acknowledgements. We would recommend the following wording: "The authors acknowledge TU Wien Bibliothek for financial support through its Open Access Funding Programme."

We would advise using the official e-mail address for any submission or to do this within the University's IP domain, to ensure direct billing through TU Wien Bibliothek. TU Wien Bibliothek bears the costs of publication and also uploads all its funded articles to reposiTUm, opens an external URL in a new window.

--> Overview of the transformative agreements with publishers


Within the scope of existing licence agreements, TU Wien Bibliothek has also negotiated discounts with the following publishing houses for TU members. The library does not assume costs automatically.

AAAS: "Science Advances", opens an external URL in a new window

  • 15% discount on article fees through the library's licence agreement
  • Applies for all paying authors (usually corresponding authors) of TU Wien
  • The paying author needs to validate the reduced price by clicking on "Applied Discounts" and by selecting TU Wien from the drop-down list of affiliations. The link for this is included in the notification of acceptance of the article

IWA Publishing (The International Water Association), opens an external URL in a new window

  • 25% discount on the cost of open access books through the TU Wien Bibliothek agreement
  • This will be deducted by the publishing house automatically on submission for all corresponding authors of TU Wien

Portland Press, opens an external URL in a new window

  • 15% discount on article fees through TU Wien Bibliothek's licence agreement
  • Automatically deducted by the publishing house for all corresponding authors of TU Wien, if open access is selected on submission and TU Wien affiliation is specified during the payment process

In principle, usage rights for a publication are set out in author agreements between the publishing house and the author. These agreements delineate the scope in which the usage rights are assigned to the publishing house. Many publishers permit self-archiving in repositories often upon expiry of a retention period (embargo). Also, only a specific version of the publication ("submitted/accepted version") may be archived.

The following should therefore be taken into consideration:

  • You should only grant the publishing house "non-exclusive usage rights" for the electronic publication, so that you can also make your work available in parallel in a repository. To do this, you can delete any restrictive wording in the text of the agreement (e.g. expressions such as exclusive submission of all rights). You should draw attention to any amendments in the covering letter.
  • There is another option to attach an addendum to the agreement, in which you reserve the non-exclusive right of use for publication in a repository.
  • For agreements written in German, you could use the text below as a template for an addendum:
  1. Der Verlag stimmt zu, dass der Autor_die Autorin das nicht exklusive Recht behält, eine digitale Kopie des Dokumentes vor/während/nach der Publikation durch den Verlag zeitlich unbeschränkt auf einen öffentlich zugänglichen akademischen Non-Profit-Server zu legen.
  2. Der Autor verpflichtet sich, das Originaldokument auf dem akademischen Non-Profit-Server zu zitieren.
  • For agreements written in English, there is a practical online tool, the Scholar's Copyright Addendum Engine. You can choose between the three options (Reuse Access, Immediate Access or Delayed Access) and compile the addendum online.