pub.mdw - Open Access at the mdw

The mdw commits to Open Access scientific and artistic knowledge and thus, as a public institution, fulfils its social responsibility with regard to the research outputs generated at it.

Open Access is the free and open access to digital scientific publications via the Internet. Publications are avaiilable free of charge and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

The underlying idea is that findings from research financed with public funds should also be freely accessible to the public.

Open Access aims to ensure the sustainable use and re-use of publications, for example through long-term archiving, the assignment of unique and persistent identifiers (e.g. DOI, URN, ORCID) and the disclosure of rights of use through licences. According to the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities of 2003, only texts under open licences (e.g. Creative Commons CC-BY and CC-BY-SA) are considered Open Access, a definition which is also followed by many research funding organisations, e.g. the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).

Read more on open access see at the ub.mdw website.

As an author you have two main options for making your publications open access:

  1. publishing open access directly under an open license (e.g. self-publishing, open access journals and open access publishers)
  2. and/or using open access repositories, like pub.mdw.

Publishing content as open access directly is called "gold open access".

Open Access repositories are used to manage digital copies of published research outputs. These include gold OA publications and piublications where the author is granted the right to deposit the publication by the respective rights-holder. in 2003, the RoMEO project introduced a color scheme to show the different open access options available

Color Definition
Gold open access publishing
Green can archive pre-print and post-print
Blue can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing)
Yellow can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing)
White archiving not formally supported

Read more on open access see at the ub.mdw website.

At the beginning of 2018, the Rectorate adopted the mdw's Open Access policy (PDF document in German) in order to ensure the widest possible access to research outputs.

Open Access is also an integral part of the mdw's Research Data Management Policy (PDF document in German). The aim of this guideline is to provide basic principles of the research data management at the mdw and to ensure that the University undertakes appropriate steps to support its researchers, staff and students to adhere to good data management practice and to meet the requirements of the main funders.

For further details, please contact the Research Support unit of the mdw (

Most research funders have introduced their own Open Access policies, incl. Open Access to research data, e.g.

  1. The Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
  2. EU – Horizon 2020.

For further details, please contact the Research Support unit of the mdw (

The 'FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship' were published in 2016 introducing guidelines to improve the findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reuse of data.

  • Findable: both humans and computers can easily find and uniquely identify data using standardized metadata,
  • Accessible: data is stored for long term use and can easily be accessed with well-defined access conditions for the metadata record and the actual data itself,
  • Interoperable: data and metadata can be exchanged and related with other data easily by both humans and computers using standardized metadata sets and controlled vocabularies, taxonomies and ontologies,
  • Reusable: data is available to be used by the respective audiences, e.g. researchers, students, or musicians; thus new research can build upon existing research and outputs; this requires content to be available under open licenses and provenance information (ensuring the usability of the data).

pub.mdw's goal is to provide Open Access publications according to the FAIR guidelines. Together with rdm.mdw publications and their underlying data can be shared FAIR.

Please consider FAIR principles from the very start of your research project.

For further information on the FAIR principles please see the Go FAIR website.

The European Comission also provides Guidelines for FAIR data management within the H2020 programme.

For further details, please contact the Research Support unit of the mdw (

General advice on Open Access
University Library
1030, Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1

Michael Staudinger
T: +43-1-71155-8100

Advice on the research data management and funding for Open Access publications
Research Support Unit
1030, Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1

Vitali Bodnar
T: +43-1-71155-6114