As one of the first Austrian universities of applied sciences to do so, St. Pölten UAS recently signed the "Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities".
With the Berlin Declaration, universities commit themselves to free access to knowledge and publications in order to make them more available to society.
Access to knowledge sources and cultural heritage
Open access means unrestricted and free access to scientific information on the Internet. Universities, researchers and people interested in science can thus access insights and knowledge without expensive subscriptions to professional journals.
The Berlin Declaration seeks to promote the internet as a tool of a worldwide basis for scientific knowledge and human reflection and to formulate the necessary measures that decision-makers, research organisations, funding institutions, libraries, archives and museums need to consider. The declaration sees open access as a comprehensive source of human knowledge and cultural heritage.
Initiative at St. Pölten UAS
"Open access is an advantage not only for users but also for authors who can thereby reach a larger audience and be quoted more frequently. St. Pölten UAS supports its researchers and students through its service facilities for free publishing", said UAS Executive Director Gabriela Fernandes.
Cooperation with publishers
St. Pölten UAS also participates in open-access initiatives by publishers. The publishers Emerald and Springer offer Austrian research institutes the possibility of simple open-access publishing via a license agreement with the Austrian Academic Library Consortium (Cooperation E-Media Austria/KEMÖ) and the Austrian Science Fund FWF. Through the consortium, St. Pölten UAS is also involved.