A new national open access agreement has been announced with the Austrian Academic Library Consortium (KEMÖ) and the Austrian Science Fund. Through this national agreement, some seventeen Austrian institutions will cover the article processing charges of manuscripts published by eligible corresponding or funded authors in MDPI journals as long as central funds are available. This interesting news came to us from MDPI in their release titled, “Open Access Agreement between the Austrian Academic Library Consortium (KEMÖ), the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), and MDPI.

All participating institutions have gained access to the MDPI online submission system where they can find full article metadata and pricing information as well as Funder and Grant ID details for easy identification and additional transparency. At the same time eligible authors are benefited from an APC discount which comes at no cost for the institutions.

For open access advocates, this is a win. With open access, researchers can read and build on the findings of others without restriction.  Educators as well as their students will have access to the latest research findings around the world.

Melody K. Smith

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