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Requirements for the assumption of Open Access publication fees

Under certain conditions and compliance with formal criteria, KL can cover the publication costs for your open access publication (APC):

  • The author is a member of the Karl Landsteiner Private University for Health Sciences Krems or one of its affiliated University Hospitals and is identified as the "corresponding author" of the article.
  • The KL affiliation is clearly indicated (double affiliation wherever possible) and corresponds to the KL affiliation policy. The Research Unit (Library Services) provides detailed advice on this.
  • The intended journal is listed in DOAJ (Gold Open Access Journals) or in Scopus (also contains Green and Hybrid Open Access Journals): This is checked in advance by the Research Unit (Library Services).
  • It is not a predatory journal: The Research Unit (Library Services) checks this in advance.
  • There are no separate project funds (third-party funds) available for the publication costs.
  • In the case of publications within the framework of funded projects, the obligatory naming of the funding agency must be taken into account!
  • The takeover of the APC by the KL (in the "Acknowledgments" or in "Funding") is to be stated in the following form: "We acknowledge support by Open Access Publishing Fund of Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences, Krems, Austria." (or .: Wir danken der Karl Landsteiner Privatuniversität für Gesundheitswissenschaften, Krems, Österreich, für ihre Unterstützung durch den Open Access Publikationsfonds.)
  • Be sure to include your billing address for the APC as follows:

Karl Landsteiner Privatuniversität für Gesundheitswissenschaften GmbH
c/o Sonja Bogner
Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30 
A-3500 Krems 
VAT: ATU 67837709

Application for the assumption of Open Access publication fees (via web form in OpenCampus)

Open Access Policy at the KL

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As a signatory to the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Scientific Knowledge, the Karl Landsteiner Private University of Health Sciences (KL) supports processes to promote the transition from subscription-based publication models to Open Access-based publication channels.

The KL considers it a social obligation to make the publications of its researchers free of charge, unrestricted and freely available on the Internet.

The electronic form of publication enables new forms of scientific communication, knowledge networking and knowledge transfer. In the "Open Science Movement", scientists share their findings and data, sometimes in real time, with one another and with the public[1].

Open Access also gives those people and institutions access to research results who did not previously have that or were unable to finance it. This presents a high social value, especially for knowledge-intensive professional fields such as doctors and health professions.

The KL would therefore like to motivate its researchers to make their publications freely accessible by publishing them in peer-reviewed Open Access journals[2].

The KL preferably promotes the "golden way" or gold Open Access (this means that the article appears free of charge and freely accessible as soon as it is published, without a full-text embargo[3]), especially through agreements and collaborations with publishers[4], but also by providing an Open Access Publication Fund in which the KL pays the Open Access publication fees or APC[5] for publications in high-ranking specialist journals, in compliance with certain criteria. The KL is also happy to advise its researchers on finding suitable gold Open Access journals for their publication.

Advice is also offered when publishing on the so-called “green way” of Open Access (secondary publication in repositories). The “hybrid way” (the “buying out” of individual articles in subscription-based journals) is also promoted in individual cases and after careful examination of alternative publication options. In any case, hybrid Open Access publishing is permitted if it is done within the framework of a publishing agreement.[6]

Through targeted financial support for gold Open Access publications, participation in or negotiation of Open Access publishing agreements (for gold and hybrid Open Access) as well as consultation and assistance with secondary publishing (green Open Access), the KL also provides Plan S-compliant Open Access publishing for its researchers.[7]

In the interests of good scientific practice, the KL also supports its researchers in the Open Access publication of their research data. A separate research data policy is in preparation.[8]



[1] OANA OA recommendation https://zenodo.org/record/33178#.YDdersQxlPY [07.05.2021]

[2] If the guidelines of the funding agencies allow, APCs are to be included in the project budget in the context of third-party projects.

[3] “Full text embargo” means that full texts of articles are only freely accessible after a certain period of time.

[4] These are predominantly "Publish & Read" agreements: these are consortial contracts with publishers in which the university pays for access to published content (“Read”), as well as for the Open Access publication of its authors (“Publish”).

[5] APC: Article Processing Charges

[6] see: https://www.kl.ac.at/en/library-services

[7] see: FWF Open Access Policy for peer-reviewed publications https://www.fwf.ac.at/en/forschungsfoerderung/open-access-policy/open-access-fuer-referierte-publikationen [07.05.2021]

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