Under a landmark Open Access Publishing Framework Agreement signed between Frontiers, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the University of Vienna, Austrian researchers affiliated with or funded by these institutions can now publish their articles in Frontiers' open access journals through a simplified process that covers article processing charges. In addition to a national discount and centralised invoicing process, the signatory institutions benefit from transparent, comprehensive reporting on expenditures and research outputs at an institutional and national level.
The Agreement, the first-of-its-kind national Open Access framework agreement with a Gold Open Access publisher, is open to any academic research and/or state funding institution based in Austria. All new signatories will benefit from the same terms and conditions, regardless of size or research output.
Numerous Austrian institutions, including the University of Vienna and the Austrian Science Fund, have signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities and implemented open access policies. The Austrian Science Fund has also expressed support for the OA2020 initiative, which calls for innovative open access solutions 'by converting resources currently spent on journal subscriptions into funds to support sustainable [open access] business models.' Frontiers has been an innovation leader in Open Science for over ten years and is aligned with the European Commission's Open Science vision and policies as well as the Council of the EU's commitment to support a transition to immediate Open Access as the default by 2020.
Researchers submitting an article under the Agreement will have access to Frontiers' full suite of Open Science tools, including a collaborative peer-review platform and article and author impact metrics. All submitted articles will remain subject to Frontiers' editorial processes, policies and conditions including peer-review, acceptance and rejection.
As of December 20, 2017, Frontiers has 59 institutional membership plans in place with university libraries, consortia and funders.
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