Open Access

Contracts of publication

To support scholarly publishing in the best possible way, Graz Medical University has been successfully negotiating open access transformative agreements with several publishers. These agreements cover subscribed journals with an open access option (hybrid journals). What they all have in common: there are no open access publication fees for authors.

Under this agreement, authors affiliated with Graz Medical University are able to publish their research outputs at no charge and without any administrative constraints in more than 5,000 journals published by Elsevier, Springer, and Wiley. These agreements are either financed by the library itself or by a start-up financing from project funds.

To publish an article open access in any journal of these three publishers, no grant application has to be submitted separately. These agreements are designed to avoid “double dipping” (paying for both journal subscription and open access publishing fees). Cost coverage is for open access only but do not include other fees as colour charges and the like.

An open access publication must meet the following conditions:

  • your article has been accepted by a journal which is included in one of the above mentioned agreements
  • you are affiliated with Graz Medical University
  • you are corresponding author
  • your article is either an original paper or a review paper
  • you will give your consent to an open access publication.

For submission use your institutional email address only.

In 2018 an open access agreement was signed with Springer as part of a pilot project. The current contract comprises more than 2,200 journals with a reading access as well as nearly 2,000 journals for open access publication. The present agreement runs until the end of 2021.

Another project has been started in 2018 with Wiley and is expected to run until the end of 2020. This agreement is funded by the HRSM project “Austrian Transition to Open Access” (AT2OA) and consists of more than 1,400 journals with both reading and publishing access.

An agreement has been concluded with Elsevier for 2020 as part of the HRSM project “Austrian Transition to Open Access” (AT2OA). Graz Medical University is participating in this pilot project.

For further questions please contact Gregor Steinrisser-Allex, Open Access Coordinator of Graz Medical University: / ++43 316 385 73070.