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FWF Open Access Policy 
Current Activities and Challenges 
Austrian Science Fund (FWF) 
FWFOpenAccess - FWF Open Access on...
Open Access activities in a nutshell (I) 
2001  Covering APCs up to three years after conclusion of the project 
with add...
Open Access activities in a nutshell (II) 
2012  OA testimonials from over 40 top researchers in Austria 
2012  Foundati...
Current FWF OA Policy - Three Options … 
Green  Archiving the final “accepted manuscript” in any sustainable 
subject or ...
FWF Publication Costs 2013* 
5 
Type No 
Ø Cost per 
unit 
Costs 
Classical Publications Costs for Journals 257 € 1.074 € ...
Current Challenges 
After collecting data of publication costs for 2013 and the report 
Developing an Effective Market for...
Long-Term Challenges (I) 
 Green Open Access: setting clear and uniform rules for a common 
OA policy among funding and r...
Long-Term Challenges (II) 
 Funding the Transition: launching cross-border funding models 
which support the transition o...
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FWF Open Access Policy 2014

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FWF Open Access Policy 2014

  1. 1. FWF Open Access Policy Current Activities and Challenges Austrian Science Fund (FWF) FWFOpenAccess - FWF Open Access on Twitter 1
  2. 2. Open Access activities in a nutshell (I) 2001  Covering APCs up to three years after conclusion of the project with additional funds 2003  Signing the Berlin Declaration 2004  Launching OA Policy incl. Green and Gold, mandate since 2006 2008 – now  strong engagement for a common European OA policy via Science Europe (see also C. Kratky NATURE 29/8/2013) 2010  Joining Europe PubMedCentral, now > 4000 papers are OA 2011  Starting one of the first OA book programme, incl. the FWF E-Book Library, ~ 260 books are now OA + ~ 60 p.a., Ø 231 downloads per year 2
  3. 3. Open Access activities in a nutshell (II) 2012  OA testimonials from over 40 top researchers in Austria 2012  Foundation of the Open Access Network Austria (OANA), members from 45 organizations 2012  Initial funding programme for OA journals from the Humanities and Social Sciences, 8 journals are funded 2013  Financial support of: SCOAP³, OA Days, OAPEN, DOAJ, OA Monograph Conference London, arXiv, Wellcome Trust study on APCs 2013  OA Monitoring: 33% of FWF funded articles are Gold or Hybrid articles + ~ 30-35% Green 2013  Making publication costs for 2013 publically available 2014  One of the first pilots on offsetting Hybrid OA costs against subscriptions with IOP Publishing 3
  4. 4. Current FWF OA Policy - Three Options … Green  Archiving the final “accepted manuscript” in any sustainable subject or institutional repository with a maximum embargo of 12 months (Europe PMC in the Life Sciences) Gold  Direct publication in an Open Access medium by applying CC-BY license, APCs are covered Hybrid  If offered by publishers and if explicitly chosen by FWF funded authors, payment for Open Access for single articles in subscription journals can also be covered (CC-BY) 4
  5. 5. FWF Publication Costs 2013* 5 Type No Ø Cost per unit Costs Classical Publications Costs for Journals 257 € 1.074 € 275.916 APCs for OA Journals 209 € 1.393 € 291.047 APCs for Hybrid Journals 922 € 2.278 € 2.100.675 OA Books (incl. copy editing, printing costs) 49 € 15.704 € 769.500 Total Cost € 3.437.138
  6. 6. Current Challenges After collecting data of publication costs for 2013 and the report Developing an Effective Market for Open Access the FWF faces following challenges:  Negotiating together with the Austrian Library Consortium offsetting deals for Hybrid OA with publishers (see the IOP deal)  Enforcing the principles of “Openness”, see HowOpenIsIt  Introducing price caps for Gold and Hybrid APCs ?  Cease to pay for any additional publication costs for subscription journals (e.g. colour figures, page charges and submission fees) ?  Enforcing Green OA with uniform embargos 6
  7. 7. Long-Term Challenges (I)  Green Open Access: setting clear and uniform rules for a common OA policy among funding and research institutions in Europe, e.g. embargo periods of max. 12 months  Levels of Openness: defining the principles of openness more strictly, see HowOpenIsIt  Publisher Services: defining the services publishers have to offer if publications fees for OA are covered by funders or research institutions (see 2.)  Price-Services-Sensitivity: including publication costs in the research budgets so that researchers become more sensible for the price-service-relation by publishers, see Solomon/Björk (2014)  Transition Models: negotiating transition models with publishers which avoid the problem of double dipping for publication costs, see IOP Publishing and Austria / UK, SCOAP³, Knowledge Unlachted 7
  8. 8. Long-Term Challenges (II)  Funding the Transition: launching cross-border funding models which support the transition of toll access to full OA  Funding Academia-governed Publication Models: launching cross-border funding models which support new non-commercial, academia governed publication models with no or very low publication fees, see for example the proposals of OLH, K|N Consultants or OPuS  Funding OA Infrastructure: cross-border funding of international OA infrastructure and service provider like repositories (e.g. arXiv, Europe PubMedCentral, OAPEN) or databases (e.g. DOAJ, Romeo Sherpa) 8

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