KUG-Phaidra is an innovative digital asset management system of the entire university (tool for the administration of digital objects) with digital preservation features allowing to archive valuable data university-wide, to save it permanently, to capture it systematically, to add multilingual metadata (“data over data”) and to make it indefinitely available worldwide.


Open Access

Open Access refers to the free, barrier-free provision of scholarly information via the Internet. This concerns monographs, as well as journal articles, research data, meta data and academic material in multimedia form. Depending on the license, the user can read, use, download, print and distribute the scientific material as long the author is named. 

The „Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities“ is considered to be one of the most important position papers on Open Access and was signed in 2004 by the Austrian Rector's Conference.

There are various options to make publications publicly available:

Gold Open Access:
This concerns the initial publication of a contribution in an Open Access journal (also OA compilation or conference volume) or a OA monography.

Green Open Access:
The green way refers to a second or subsequent publication of a already published article or monography after the Open Access principle, this can be done simultaneously with the publication in the publishing house or subsequently. Publication takes place on a digital institutional or disciplinary repository. For members of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz KUGscholar can be used for this purpose.

Another term that arises in the connection with the Open Access strategies is the "Hybrid Open Access". Although publication occurs in a fee-based journal, the affected article is however made freely available to the publisher against payment of a fee. This method is controversial because the publisher benefits from both subscription fees and additional publication fees for Open Access ("Double Dipping").

Information about Open Access is available in the Universtiy Library, by phone or by e-mail:
Robert Schiller
+43 316 389 2262

Open Access Policy of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz

The University of Music and Performing Arts Graz supports the open access paradigm and sees it as a public institution as its social responsibility to make the results of research and art, which was generated at this institution, fully accessible to the public via the Internet, if possible.
In July 2017, this acknowledgement became official by through an Open Access Policy adopted by the Rectorate. 

Link to the Policy

Open Access Survey

Results of the survey „Publizieren und Open Access an der Kunstuniversität Graz“ ("Publishing and Open Access at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz"):

To give an overview of the current publication activities of the employees, as well as about the information needs and level of knowledge about Open Access, an online survey with the title "Publishing and Open Access at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz" was performed in December 2016 using the survey platform SurveyMonkey. 

Link to the survey results (in German):