The cost of Open Access (OA) is one of the famous stumbling blocks for more academics considering to share their research publications. The continuous support for promoting and expanding OA is creating a diversified landscape with various tools supporting researchers who are willing to publish their research results in paid OA.

The differences in the costs and policies related to Article Processing Charges (APCs) are confusing. Currently, academics might seek for support for covering the costs of their OA publications on project level, institutional level, and in specific cases they can benefit from waiving APCs from publishers.

Open Access funding guide for researchers

Six helpful hints for tapping into financial support for paid OA.

Step 1
Select the right journal(s)
Before looking at sources of funding check which OA journals match the topic of your publication best. A free OA journal of good reputation may cover your topic.

Step 2
Support for publications resulting from FP7 research
Have you ever worked on a FP7-funded project? You have time until 30 April 2017 to request support for OA publications resulting from the project.

Step 3
Budgeting projects to reflect policies of project funders
If you are currently involved in a project funded by an external body, check the requirements on OA and the budget provisions of the project.

Step 4
Institutional support for OA in higher education
Check with your UM Open Access consultant Ron Aardening what the provisions for paying OA fees are and/or whether Maastricht University pays a membership fee to specific publishers.

Step 5
Support on a national level
Check the national policy and identify organisations that support publishing in paid OA.

Step 6
Check the publishers’ provisions
Do a search on the website of the publisher for “APC waiver and discount policies”.


Source: Open access funding guide for researchers (Open Science)

Read more:  FP7 post-grant Open Access publishing funds pilot (Coen van Laer, 6 November 2015, Library Wall post)


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