This page collects information on funding for open access books and the cost of open access book publishing. It mainly lists funding agencies and universities willing to pay publication fees for the publication of OA academic books.
This list is based on two main lists, maintained by Ubiquity Press and by De Gruyter. We recommend consulting these lists alongside this list as all are updated at different intervals.
Ubiquity Press: List of funds for Open Access Scholarly Books https://www.ubiquitypress.com/site/oa-funding/
De Gruyter: Funds
We also recommend Jeroen Sondervan’s List of Funders and Institutes funding Monographs in Film & Media Studies: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ypQ6s-A8SayWsIoRqPmd1MS2FjixzWjiolKwjuP67ng/edit#gid=0
And the list maintained by Open Book Publishers (pp 22,23): https://www.openbookpublishers.com/shopimages/resources/OBP-Author-Guide.pdf
Literature on Publishing Finances
These articles explore the costs of open access (book) publishing and of running an academic-led press, ways of financing it and various approaches to resilience and sustainability:
- Eve, Martin, ‘How much does it cost to run a small scholarly publisher?’ (2017) Martin Paul Eve https://www.martineve.com/2017/02/13/how-much-does-it-cost-to-run-a-small-scholarly-publisher/
- ————— ‘Consortial funding and downward price pressure for open access’ (2017) Martin Paul Eve https://www.martineve.com/2016/06/16/consortial-purchasing-and-downward-price-pressure-for-open-access/
- Ferwerda et al. ‘A project exploring open access monograph publishing in the Netherlands’ (2013) OAPEN Foundation. https://pureportal.coventry.ac.uk/en/publications/a-project-exploring-open-access-monograph-publishing-in-the-nethe-2
- Fuchs, Christian and Marisol Sandoval, ‘The diamond model of open access publishing: why policy makers, scholars, universities, libraries, labour unions and the publishing world need to take non-commercial, non-profit open access serious’, tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society, 11 (2) (2013) pp. 428-443. ISSN 1726-670X
- Gatti, Rupert, ‘Introducing Some Data to the Open Access Debate: OBP’s Business Model’ (2015) Open Book Publishers Blog https://blogs.openbookpublishers.com/introducing-some-data-to-the-open-access-debate-obps-business-model-part-one/
- Hall, Gary ‘Open Humanities Press: Funding and Organisation’ (2015) Media Gifts http://garyhall.squarespace.com/journal/2015/6/13/open-humanities-press-funding-and-organisation.html
- Lawson, et al. ‘Opening the Black Box of Scholarly Communication Funding: A Public Data Infrastructure for Financial Flows in Academic Publishing’ (2016) Open Library of Humanities http://doi.org/10.16995/olh.72
- Ottina, David, ‘From Sustainable Publishing To Resilient Communications’ (2013) Triple C: Communication, Capitalism and Critique http://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/528
- Smith, Kevin, ‘OA beyond APCs: a conference report’ (2017), In the Open https://intheopen.net/2017/02/oa-beyond-apcs-a-conference-report/
Funding for OA Books
Last updated July 2017
COST Vademecum: 9.4. ELIGIBLE EXPENSES: 5. Publication expenses – which include Open Access licenses and / or expenses supporting the purchase, production and direct distribution of publications developed by Action Participants and produced by a renowned publisher. (p.39)
Also see 9.3 Publications (p.38-39) for further requirements.
EC post-grant Open Access Pilot
(extended until February 28th, 2018)
The European Commission has launched a Pilot to fund Open Access publications for finalized FP7-funded projects through OpenAIRE. Four (4) million Euros are being provided by the EC to support Open Access publications arising from FP7 projects finished no longer than two years ago at funding request submission time. A maximum of three (3) publications per project will be funded provided they meet the technical requirements described below. Funded document types will include research articles, monographs, book chapters and conference proceedings. Data papers and software papers are considered research articles for the purpose of this Pilot. https://www.openaire.eu/postgrantoapilot
The publisher engagement plans for the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot involve signing pre-payment agreements with publishers as a means of improving the dissemination of this funding initiative towards eligible researchers and projects. Moreover, pre-payment agreements will very much simplify the invoicing workflows, making the funding of APC payments much quicker and easier for authors. https://blogs.openaire.eu/?p=718
The Pilot team have been holding conversations with a number of publishers since mid-May to inform them about the new funding initiative and to discuss its requirements and technicalities – including the possibility of signing pre-finance agreements. These discussions have been held with both book and journal publishers, and among the latter ones, both fully Open Access publishers – who were reached out to via the OASPA association in early July – and “mixed” publishers for which fully OA titles are just a fraction of their journal portfolio.https://blogs.openaire.eu/?p=462
The Max-Planck-Gesellschaft outlines the key points of the pilot here: https://openaccess.mpg.de/2124131/FP7_Post-Grant_Gold_Pilot_Policy_Guidelines
ERC (European Research Council)
Under Horizon 2020, beneficiaries of ERC grants must ensure open access (free of charge, online access for any user) to all peer-reviewed scientific publications relating to its results.
Gold open access (open access publishing): The published work is made available in open access mode by the publisher immediately upon publication. The most common business model is based on one-off payments by authors (commonly called APCs – article processing charges – or BPCs – book processing charges). The costs of gold open access publications are eligible costs that can be charged against ERC grants, provided the costs are incurred during the duration of the project. (p.5)
HERA Uses of the Past
Recipients of HERA JRP UP funding are strongly encouraged to use Open Access publishing wherever possible (see section 6. Open Access of the HERA JRP UP Call). If publishing under “author pays” regimes is foreseen at the application stage, the related costs should be included in the budget. Costs must be plausible and justified/substantiated. As a rule, the costs per peer-reviewed journal article should not exceed 2,500 EUR. For proceedings, collections and monographs, the total budget can be up to 15,000 EUR per project. (p. 3)
(National funding requirements apply)
New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Co-operation in Europe (NORFACE) is a collaborative partnership of national research funding agencies from 19 European countries in the area of social and behavioral sciences. NORFACE has an Open Access Policy, and investigators are highly encouraged to publish in open access publications, and to purchase open access rights to the extent that their budgets will permit;
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) – UK
Following the publication of the revised RCUK policy on access to research outputs, and the decision to provide research organisations with block funding for publication costs, the Arts and Humanities Research Council will no longer provide funding in research grants for any publication costs associated with peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers. Publication costs associated with research outputs other than journal articles and conference papers, such as books, monographs, critical editions, catalogues etc. may, however, continue to be included in grants as a Directly Incurred Other Cost. Any request for such costs will of course need to be fully justified in the Case for Support (See Section 184.108.40.206 below) or Justification of Resources (See Section 220.127.116.11 below) attachments.
Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
In order to promote the publication of non-profit-oriented scholarly research, the FWF makes lump-sum grants available under the Stand-Alone Publications programme; these grants are intended to cover production costs, the costs of simultaneous open access publication as well as editing, foreign-language editing, or translation. The grants are exclusively project-based. The sole standard applied in funding decisions is the state of the art in research at the international level. In addition to conventional publication forms (e.g. monographs, collections), the FWF also supports new formats such as apps, wiki-based publications, annotated scientific databases, web-based publications enriched with various media (e.g. audio, video, animation), etc.
In the Stand-Alone Publications programme, applications may only be submitted by individual natural persons, meaning that institutes and institutions (and companies) are not eligible to apply. Funding is provided for stand-alone publications written by persons who conduct their research activities mainly in Austria or under the auspices of an Austrian research institution abroad. Publications submitted by authors (editors) who work outside of Austria are only funded if the work arises from an FWF-funded research project.
Innovative publication formats: a lump-sum grant of up to EUR 50,000 as a subsidy for production costs including foreign-language editing or translation and open access publication
Conventional publication formats such as monographs and anthologies need to be applied for in modules:
- Modul_1: Basis: The FWF provides a lump-sum grant of up to EUR 10,000 for production costs, for simultaneous open access publication and for the editing in the mother tongue of the author. Modul_2 and Modul_3 can be applied for if needed:
- Modul_2: Fremdsprachenlektorat_Übersetzung: instead of the editing in the mother tongue the FWF provides a lump-sum grant of up to EUR 4,000 for foreign-language editing or translation.
- Modul_3: Zusatzkosten: the FWF provides a lump-sum grant of up to EUR 4,000 for additional costs due to, e.g., a higher number of pages or an increase in expenses for layout and image rights. Surcharges have to be proven by a cost calculation.
Department for International Development (DFID) – UK
DFID has an open and enhanced access policy to help make the research we fund freely available and to increase the uptake and use of it. DFID’s Research uptake guidance and accompanying checklist provide information on DFID’s approach to research uptake and advice for designing a research uptake strategy.
DFID’s open and enhanced access policy covers the whole range of outputs produced by the research we fund. However, projects may well produce more outputs than will be of value to others, for example because those outputs are draft, poor quality, incomplete or better considered rough cuts or ‘inputs’ to a final ‘output’ (for example the complete video recordings that are later cut to produce a short video). Similarly, the project may produce materials that are not research outputs as such, for example brochures, flyers for events or promotional material for books.
The Access and Data Management Plan asks for an estimate of the resources required to support open access activities. Any resources requested for open access activities should be reasonable and fully justified. They will be subject to value for money considerations in the same way as other directly incurred costs. Recognising that these are just estimates, revisions may be discussed as the project develops.
Leverhulme Trust (UK)
The Trust Board is monitoring debates about, and developments in, Open Access Publishing. In keeping with its view that researchers themselves are best-placed to judge how and where to disseminate their findings, the Board has resolved to make no stipulations regarding either mandatory archiving, or open access publication. The Board has also agreed that open access charges should be a permissible expense. These should be included either within the 25% associated costs allowable on Research Project Grants and Research Programme Grants or within the research expenses category for Fellowships. However, open access charges should only be incurred during the period of a Leverhulme award, rather than being built into a budget but with anticipated expenditure after the research and award has concluded. If these costs are not incurred during the life of the grant, the funds cannot be switched to any other budget heading, and must be returned to the Trust.
Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research / Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO)
NWO encourages the publication of research results in ways that make these accessible to third parties. A budget is available that is specifically intended for funding Open Access publications. With the Incentive Fund Open Access – Publications, NWO encourages the publication of research results. Until 1 January 2018 researchers have the opportunity to submit requests for this fund.
Researchers from a research project funded by NWO can submit a proposal for a contribution towards an Open Access publication. This can be used for a scientific publication; a journal, book, volume or monograph. Articles that have already been published can still be added to the open domain using the contribution from the fund. The fund has a total budget of 2.5 million euros. For each research project a maximum budget of 6,000 euros is available.
Research Council of Lithuania
Financial support for the publication of research results
The support is intended for Lithuanian researchers to publish their scientific articles in high level scientific journals as well as independent scientific books. The goal of this measure is to encourage Lithuanian science development, to promote it internationally and to level a playing field for all Lithuanian researchers, enabling them to publish their works regardless of financial situation.
Further information and related document forms are available in Lithuanian language only. Please contact Loreta Steponėnaitė (+370 5 261 8539, email@example.com) for assistance or reload the page in LT version.
Research Council of Norway / Forskningsrådet
The Research Council of Norway seeks to promote the dissemination of research in the humanities and social sciences to research and specialist communities both nationally and internationally. To achieve this objective, the Research Council may award funding for the publication of scientific results produced by humanities and social science research when market conditions make this otherwise difficult.
Grants may be sought to cover expenses related to:
- Production of scientific books for publication by Norwegian and international publishing houses.
- Sample translations, translation and copyediting of manuscripts for international publication.
Applications will be accepted from recognised, scientific publishing houses in Norway and abroad, cf. the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institution’s register of authorised publication channels (http://dbh.nsd.uib.no/kanaler/). Grants are not restricted to the publication of projects funded under the Research Council.
What do the grants cover?
Funding may be sought for the first-time publication of scientific books in the humanities and social sciences.
Funding may be awarded for any of the following:
- Costs incurred by the publisher in connection with the publication of a scientific book – a monograph or anthology – that will be published nationally or internationally. Anthologies must consist of a thematically unified compendium of articles of high scientific quality. The compendium must include an introduction that discusses the cohesiveness of and connection between the articles.
- International publication of a doctoral thesis by a recognised international publishing house. The thesis must be adapted into book form.
- Expenses for the translation of a scientific book which, for scientific reasons, should be published internationally and which has been accepted for publication in an international language. Grants will normally only be awarded for translation into a single foreign language, preferably one of the major world languages.
Funding may be sought for expenses related to the editorial, translation and copyediting, and design and layout processes according to the rates found in the Research Council’s Form for Calculating Funding for a Scientific Book. If publishing the manuscript requires additional equipment, illustrations and the like due to the scientific content, this may be calculated according to the rate for “illustrated publication”. Funding may also be sought in connection with illustration rights and the like. The science-based need for additional equipment, etc. must be explained in the project description.
Funding is limited to the first 500 copies. The grants do not cover author’s royalties or other costs incurred by the author(s) in connection with the preparation of the manuscript. The minimum grant amount that may be sought is NOK 25,000.
Research Councils UK (RCUK)
In June 2012 the report from the National Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings (the ‘Finch Group’) – Accessibility, sustainability, excellence: how to expand access to research publications was published. The report sets out an encouraging and challenging road map to improve open access to scholarly literature and the Research Councils have used the findings of the group to further develop the policies that they have had in place since 2005.
In order to help the implementation of the policy, the Research Councils introduced (from April 2013) a new funding mechanism – a block grant to universities and eligible research organisations to cover the cost of article processing charges (APCs).
(ii) The RCUK OA block grant is intended principally to support the payment of APCs. However, Research Organisations may use the block grant in the manner they consider will best deliver the RCUK Policy on Open Access, as long as the primary purpose to support the payment of APCs is fulfilled. The payment of colour charges and page charges may also be taken from the block grant at the discretion of the managing research organisation which should keep in mind the overall purpose of the block grant which is to support the payment of APCs.
Allowable costs within Research Applications (i) From now on research grants and fellowships, with start dates on or after 1st April 2013, will not include provision for Open Access publication or other publication charges in respect of peer‐reviewed research papers. This does not affect grants already awarded. Any funds specified for APCs within already awarded grants should be used before using the RCUK OA Block Grant. (ii) It remains permissible for grant proposals to request publication costs associated with the production of other types of research outputs that are not covered currently by the RCUK OA policy. Publication costs for outputs such as monographs, books, critical editions, volumes and catalogues may be requested but, as with any cost, they will still need to be fully justified within the application.
Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences / Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)
To enable researchers to publish their results with open access, RJ awards publication grants.
Researchers who receive grants from RJ must publish their peer-reviewed work in academic journals and conference publications so as to make it freely accessible on the Internet. As for monographs and book chapters, RJ aims to encourage researchers to publish these, too, with unrestricted online access. For this reason, RJ provides a publication grant for open access (OA) publishing. This was raised in 2013.
Every project grant from RJ is accompanied by a grant for publication with open access (OA). With effect from the grants awarded in 2013, the rules were changed. The size of the OA publication grant is now SEK 50,000 for all grants of up to three years’ duration that fund positions corresponding to up to 75% of full-time employment. For larger projects, the size of the grant is calculated in proportion to the volume of working time for the researchers funded by RJ. For programmes, costs of OA publication must be included in the programme budget applied for.
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) / Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung (SNF) / Fonds National Suisse (FNS)
In support of the principle of Open Access, the SNSF expects grantees to make the results of the research projects it has supported accessible to the public. Within the framework of the SNSF’s OA policy, grantees are required to publish the results of their research in the form of Open Access publications, either as articles in scientific journals or as books. This commitment may be fulfilled by following one of the two main versions of OA, i.e. the “Green Road” (self-archiving in an institutional or discipline-specific repository after publication by a publisher) or the “Gold Road” (direct publication in an Open Access journal).
Book publications whose production is directly co-financed by the SNSF must also be freely accessible in an institutional or discipline-specific repository no later than 24 months after initial publication by the publisher (Green Road). In this context, the SNSF makes a distinction between two types of funding for the publication of books:
- Eligible costs relating to digital books resulting from a SNSF grant; these costs must be claimed in the application under eligible costs;
- Financing the publication of digital books relating to research results that were not generated within the scope of a SNSF grant (independent publication grants); applications for these grants must be submitted to the SNSF separately.
Please note that if the Open Access publication of a book whose production is directly co-financed by the SNSF would be disproportionately expensive (for example image rights in art studies), the SNSF may waive the Open Access requirement upon request.
The Academy of Finland
The Academy of Finland is committed to promoting and implementing Finland’s national Open Science and Research Roadmap 2014–2017. The goal is to make research publications, data and material, metadata and methods widely available for reuse. The principles of open science must be pursued with due attention to good scientific practice and law. We require that Academy-funded projects commit to open access publishing. The guidelines are best suited for open access publishing of refereed articles, but they may in some cases also be applied to other publication types, such as monographs
The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (Canada)
Based on the Federation’s commitment to Open Access and the clear direction of international policy and practice towards Open Access for scholarly books benefiting from public funds, it is the Federation’s position that it is desirable to facilitate Open Access for ASPP-funded books.
The ASPP is a key activity of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. It is a competitive funding program designed to assist with the publication of scholarly books on topics in the humanities and social sciences. Under the program’s mandate to support books of advanced scholarship in the humanities and social sciences that make an important contribution to knowledge, the ASPP has supported the publication of over 6,000 books that have helped to enrich the social, cultural and intellectual life of Canada and the world. Each year, the ASPP offers 180 Publication Grants of $8,000 and five Translation Grants of $12,000, contributing 1.5 million dollars to the dissemination of Canadian research. The ASPP is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. http://www.ideas-idees.ca/sites/default/files/oa-aspp-policy-position-en.pdf
Volkswagen Foundation / Volkswagenstiftung (DE)
Along with the customary publication of books or in magazines, the Foundation also subsidizes digital publications (e.g. CD-ROM, DVD, open access). To this end, the Foundation may make an appropriate flat-rate funding amount available after a grant request and estimation of the preliminary costs by the grant recipient. The Foundation is to be presented with a voucher copy after publication and the final bill within the framework of the audit of allocated funds. The Foundatition subsidizes other formats of the communication of science and research which are preferentially tailored towards a broad public only in compliance with the types of costs specified in the grant letter. The recipient of the grant may apply seperatly for these costs if they were unstated and therefore not considered within the first grant letter. The Foundation expects the research results funded by it not only to be published in the traditional print media but also to be made available on the internet via open access. When entering into publishing, contracts scientists participating in Volkswagen Foundation-funded projects should reserve a none-exclusive right of exploitation for electronic publication of their research results for the purpose of open access. Here, discipline-specific delay periods of generally 6-12 month can be agreed upon, before which publication of previously published research results in disciplinespecific or institutional electronic archives may be prohibited.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is committed to information sharing and transparency. We believe that published research resulting from our funding should be promptly and broadly disseminated. We have adopted an Open Access policy that enables the unrestricted access and reuse of all peer-reviewed published research funded, in whole or in part, by the foundation, including any underlying data sets. As of January 1, 2015 our Open Access policy will be effective for all new agreements. During a two-year transition period, publishers will be permitted to apply up to a 12 month embargo period on the accessibility of the publication and its underlying data sets. This embargo period will no longer be allowed after January 1, 2017.
Publication Will Be On “Open Access” Terms. All publications shall be published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Generic License (CC BY 4.0) or an equivalent license. This will permit all users of the publication to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format and transform and build upon the material, including for any purpose (including commercial) without further permission or fees being required.
Foundation Will Pay Necessary Fees. The foundation would pay reasonable fees required by a publisher to effect publication on these terms.
UNCLEAR WHETHER THIS INCLUDES BOOKS. BOOKS GET NO SPECIFIC MENTION.
The Carleton University Research Impact Endeavour (CURIE) fund was initiated in 2011 as part of Carleton’s overall strategy to support Open Access and Scholarly Publishing. The fund was to assist in the payment of article processing charges (APC) for open access articles authored by Carleton researchers. As the fund moves out of the pilot phase, modifications to the terms of reference have been necessary in order to keep the fund viable.
- The CURIE fund will now support open access publication in journals AND monographs
- Priority will be given to research with mandated open access requirements
- Allocations will occur ONCE PER SEMESTER. Deadlines will normally be Nov 30th, March 30th and July 30th. Due to technical problems on campus the current deadline is extended to August 10, 2017.
- There will be a maximum allocation of $500.00 CDN per application (per article)
- There will be no more than 1 allocation per researcher per year
Any Carleton University faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students or professional staff who is named as author of a research article or monograph is eligible to apply for CURIE funding. (The article must indicate the Carleton affiliation. )
The Cornell Open Access Publishing (COAP) fund underwrites reasonable publication charges for articles and books written by Cornell faculty, students, and staff, and published in fee-based open access journals when other funding sources are not available.
Eligible Authors: The COAP Fund is available to any faculty member, post-doctoral researcher, staff member, or student author affiliated with Cornell’s Ithaca campus.
Eligible Publication Types: COAP funds apply to publication and processing fees for scholarly, peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and books.
Eligible Publication Venues: COAP funds may be used to pay processing fees associated with publishing peer-reviewed scholarship on an open access basis. Eligible open access publishers may operate on a not-for-profit or a commercial basis, but the entire publication where the COAP-supported work appears must be freely available online, with no charge to readers or readers’ institutions for access.
Because the open access environment for books is still evolving, eligibility will be decided on a case-by-case basis. In general, books supported by COAP funds should be openly accessible immediately upon online publication. In the case of contributed chapters to a multi-author volume, the entire volume must be published on an open access basis in order for individual chapters to be considered for COAP funding.
Per-work Reimbursement Cap: The most that the COAP Fund will reimburse for a single article, chapter or book is $3,000.
Delft University of Technology / Technische Universiteit Delft (TU Delft)
TU Delft faculties or research groups are primarily responsible for funding the open access publications of their academic staffs. If this is not a possibility TU Delft Library can assist by financing all or part of it from the Open Access Fund, that was founded in 2008.
- Corresponding authors must have a demonstrable relationship with TU Delft and must also have published the related piece in affiliation with this university.
- The compensation for the costs applies to books and bookchapters, published on the business model of Open Access.
- The compensation for the costs is maximized at €2.500 per publication. Additional costs are charged to the applicant.
Emory University’s Open Access Publishing Fund provides funds to make it easier for Emory authors to publish in eligible open access (OA) journals and books when no alternative funding is available, thereby fostering the exploration of new and innovative publishing models across research communities.
Who is eligible to receive funds? Emory University faculty, post-docs, researchers and currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to apply for funds for open access fees for articles and books connected with their research activities at Emory. Preference is given to authors who have not been previously funded. Due to limited funds, any given author is limited to one fund reimbursement per fiscal year.
What publication venues are eligible? The article or book must be published with an open access publisher that does not charge readers or institutions for access to the publication. To be eligible, journal publishers must be listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and book publishers may be listed in the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB). Also, a publisher must be a member of Open Access Scholarly Publisher’s Association (OASPA) or meet its Code of Conduct.
What fees can the fund reimburse? Open access publishing funds are awarded on a first come, first serve basis to a maximum reimbursement of $1,500.00 per article or book and up to $100.00 for data archiving costs. Funds may be used for open access publishing and processing fees, including open access page charges. Funds may not be used for reprints, color illustration fees, non-OA page charges, permissions fees, web hosting for self-archiving, or other expenses not directly related to open access fees. Articles or books published after September 1, 2012 are eligible for this fund.
Gustavus Adolphus College
The Kendall Center for Engaged Learning and the Folke Bernadotte Library are committed to supporting the ability of our faculty and researchers to participate more fully in the open access scholarly publication movement. Who is eligible to receive funds: Tenured, tenure-track, visiting, adjunct, and special appointment Gustavus Adolphus College faculty. Authors with grant support or external funding to cover publishing fees are ineligible. Due to limited funds, any author is limited to one fund reimbursement per fiscal year.
What publication venues are eligible? The article or book must be published with an open access publisher that does not charge readers or institutions for access to the publication. To be eligible, journal publishers must be listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals and book publishers may be listed in theDirectory of Open Access Books. Also, a publisher must be a member of Open Access Scholarly Publisher’s Association or meet its Code of Conduct.
What fees can the fund reimburse? Open access publishing funds are awarded on a first come, first serve basis to a maximum reimbursement of $300.00 per article or book. Funds may be used for open access publishing and processing fees, including open access page charges. Funds may not be used for reprints, color illustration fees, non-OA page charges, permissions fees, web hosting for self-archiving, or other expenses not directly related to open access fees.
International Development Research Centre (IDRC) / Centre de Recherche pour le Développement International (CRDI)
IDRC’s open access policy is based on the belief that full social and economic benefits of research in support of development should be available to everyone who could use it – and build on it – to improve people’s lives. The policy applies to all outputs resulting from proposals received after the policy takes effect on July 20, 2015. Books and journal articles generated by the grantees and sub-grantees of IDRC-funded projects will be made accessible free of charge to the end user;
What routes to open access can researchers consider for books? Open access for books can be provided in one of two ways:
- “Gold” open access, which IDRC encourages, entails publishing with an open access book publisher that will make the book freely accessible immediately at the time of publication.
- “Green” open access, also called “self-archiving,” makes a book available on the publisher’s website or in a reasonably well-established and high quality repository. IDRC requires that books be available within 12 months of publication.
Will IDRC cover monograph processing charges for publishing open access books? Yes. Reasonable costs for publishing open access books are eligible expenses budgeted under active IDRC grants, subject to IDRC’s review and approval.
Nord University’s Open Access fund is intended to cover author costs of publishing in pure Open Access journals and can from November 29 2016 also cover costs for Open Access-books; see the section “The OA fund” below for more information. The main criteria for support are:
- The corresponding author must be affiliated with Nord University.
- Funding is granted to pure Open Access monographs or articles/chapters in pure Open Access anthologies.
- The monograph/anthology must be published under a Creative Commons license.
- The publisher must be ranked level 1 or 2 in NSD’s Database for Higher Education.
- The publication – the monograph or the article/chapter in an anthology – must be peer reviewed.
Maximum fee: The maximum fee which can be covered by the fund, is limited to a) 100.000 NOK (including VAT) + up to 50% of the additional fee for a scientific pure Open Access book (i.e. per anthology or monograph) b) 25.000 NOK (including VAT) for an article/a chapter in a scientific pure Open Access anthology (the anthology must be Open Access in its entirety).
Norwegian University of Science and Technology / Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet (NTNU)
NTNU has a publishing fund where authors with a NTNU affiliation can apply for funding to cover article processing charges, both in Open Access journals and books.
Publishing Open Access books and book chapters. Procedures and conditions for support:
- The fund covers processing charges for Open Access books only. The books shall be accessible for all and be available with a Creative Commons license.
- The funding is based on the cost of the publication and the proportion of NTNU authors.
- The publisher must be at level 1 or 2 in DBH´s register of publication channels.
- Funding will not be given if the book has already been published.
- The anthologies or monographies must be peer reviewed.
- The applicant should be author of a monograph, editor of an anthology or the author of chapters in an anthology. The applicant must be a corresponding author and be affiliated with NTNU. This affiliation must appear in the author information of the publication.
- The fund does not normally provide support for articles that arise from externally funded projects that have funding to cover the costs of OA publishing.
- The funded OA book or chapter must be registered in Cristin and the published version uploaded in Cristin immediately after publication.
- Apply for funding by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org at an early stage, before publishing.
- Rector adopts the guidelines and the NTNU Library put them into effect.
- The guidelines may be amended without prior notice, but changes will not be retroactive.
- Decisions by the fund are final, with no opportunity for appeal.
Oslo and Akershus University College
HiOA Open Access Processing Charge Funding
- Application form for funding (in Norwegian)
- Application criteria (in Norwegian)
- NSD Overview of Publication Channels
HiOA has set aside a fund to support Open access to the institution’s research results.
The fund cover processing fees for Open Access publications and open research data in fully Open Access journals, Open Access books or open data repositories.
Funding is eligible to current HiOA affiliates. This includes faculty, research scientists, postdocs, graduate students, staff, and other authors currently affiliated with HiOA
University College London (UCL)
UCL’s policy is that the accepted manuscript of all outputs must be uploaded to UCL’s Research Publications Service (RPS). Manuscripts will be made open access through UCL Discovery, UCL’s institutional repository, according to the publisher’s copyright permissions (usually after a delay period). UCL encourages Green open access, but limited Gold funds are available for UCL corresponding authors who are full UCL staff or research students.
University of Agder
Financial support for publishing Open Access books
The applicant may be an author of a monograph or the editor of an anthology. For articles in anthologies the applicant must be the corresponding author. By “corresponding author” is meant the author who is responsible for submitting the manuscript and the follow-up of the manuscript with the publisher. The applicant must be affiliated with the University of Agder as a member of staff, and the affiliation must be made clear in the publication.
The size of the grant for publication support must be seen in relation to the total cost of the publication and the extent of the contribution of UiA authors.
The publication fund covers the publication fee only for books which are fully in the Open Access category, i.e. the book will be openly available on the net without limitations. The book must also have a Creative Commons license. The publisher must be at level 1 or 2 in the DBH registry of publishing channels, see http://dbh.nsd.uib.no/kanaler/ Applications for financial support will not be accepted if the book has already been published.
Publications receiving financial support must be registered in CRIStin and the published full text must be uploaded in CRIStin without delay.
After being published, publications receiving financial support must also be registered in The Directory of Open Access Books (doabooks.org). This is to be done by the publisher.
In order to know the outcome of the application as early as possible, it is necessary apply for financial support as soon as possible in the publication process. The application must be submitted to the author’s faculty for evaluation, and the faculty’s proposal will be forwarded to the University’s central research committee for the final decision. After a possible decision of financial support, further dealings in the case and payment will be dealt with by the University library. For contact persons at the faculties, see below. The University of Agder, by the central research committee, may in well-reasoned single cases grant financial support even if the applicant is unable to meet all the requirements.
University of Bergen
Researchers from the University of Bergen can apply for funding to cover Article Processing Charges (APC) to publish Open Access. The publication fund may cover author payments to publish Open Access books. Applications will be granted based on the complete guidelines.
The main principles for support are:
- Only corresponding authors that are affiliated to UoB as employees, PhD candidates or master students can apply for funding.
- The article/book must be accepted for publication.
- The article/book must be a peer reviewed academic publication and count in the Norwegian funding model.
- The publisher must be registered on level 1 or 2 in the Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers.
- The article/book must be published with a Creative Commons-license.
University of California, Berkeley
The Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII) provides funding to Berkeley authors (current faculty members, post-docs, graduate students, researchers) and publishers (Centers, Organized Research Units, and Departments) to make their publications free to all readers immediately upon publication. There is a limited pool of money in the BRII program; should BRII funding be depleted during the course of the year, the program will be suspended for the remainder of the year or until further notice.
- Any current UC Berkeley faculty, post-doc, academic staff, or currently enrolled graduate student who has had an open access article, chapter, or scholarly book accepted for publication, and does not have other sources of funds to pay author processing charges.
- The BRII program especially encourages applicants from the humanities and social sciences; graduate students and assistant faculty are also encouraged to apply.
- UC Berkeley-based Center, Organized Research Unit or Department publishing an open access book or journal on the eScholarship platform.
BRII will provide funding to pay Berkeley authors’ OA article processing charges (APCs), or OA scholarly book (monograph) or chapter subvention fee (collectively, “Fees”) as follows:
- One application per individual per calendar year.
- Fees will be subsidized only for fully open access journals or books (that is, the entire journal or book must be freely available to the public without a subscription or access fee). BRII will finance Fees for OA scholarly books that also sell print copies, provided the publisher makes an online version of the book entirely free.
- For OA scholarly books: BRII will fund up to $7500 in Fees. Please note: These OA book subventions are being piloted in 2017, and are expressly capped at funding three monographs in total for this first year.
Publishers: BRII will provide the following levels of support for UC Berkeley-based Publishers: up to $3000 for per OA book, per calendar year
University of California, San Francisco
The UCSF Open Access Fund is active and accepting applications again as of January 16, 2017 (see the announcement). To apply for funds, read through the Eligibility & Guidelines and Application & Payment pages then fill out the application form. The UCSF Open Access Publishing Fund helps cover open access publication fees for faculty who do not have grant or other funds available to cover them.
Open access books: Up to $5,000 for author or institutional charges to publish a monograph as open access.
Only one author per publication may apply for funds. Eligible faculty may be awarded funds toward one open access article per calendar year, or towards one OA book every other year, so long as funds are available. OA books costing $2,000 or less may be funded once per 12 months.
Publications that otherwise meet the publication criteria below but that charge to download file formats other than HTML will be funded at up to half the amount in the respective category.
Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Books must be peer-reviewed and edited.
- The book must be made freely accessible at the time of initial publication. Embargo periods for open access will not be covered.
- Book publisher must apply policies and practices consistent with the OASPA’s Code of Conduct.
University of Iowa
To encourage the University community to publish their research in Open Access platforms, the Office of the Provost and University Libraries have established a fund to pay the processing fees related to open access publishing. The fund, administered by University Libraries, will pay publication fees (APCs) up to $3,000 for the open access publication of journal articles or book chapters, and up to $5,000 for monographs. The article or book must be published with an open access publisher that does not charge readers or institutions for access to the publication. When reviewing applications, Libraries’ staff will work to determine the credibility of the publisher by consulting resources including, but not limited to, the following: the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), the Open Access Scholarly Publisher’s Association (OASPA), and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
- Current UI faculty, post-doc, resident, or staff member who has had an article, book chapter, or book accepted for publication.
- Currently UI-enrolled student or graduate student who has had an article, book chapter, or book accepted for publication.
- The publications must be peer-reviewed, and allow free and immediate access to all the content upon publication.
- Journals or books with a hybrid model (some content by fee and some content open access) or delayed open access are not eligible for this fund. Articles and books must be fully available open access at the time of publication.
University of Minnesota
Funds are available to UMN authors from all campuses who have no other available funding, to cover the costs of making their publications available to the world. We believe that free online access to published research benefits authors, other researchers, the University, and many people around the world. In order to be eligible for support, a work must be:
- A peer-reviewed journal article, scholarly monograph, conference proceeding, or data set
- Created by a University of Minnesota author (any faculty, researchers, post-docs, graduate students, or staff)
- Fully open and available immediately upon publication (no “hybrid” access, no time-delays)
- Already accepted for publication at the time of application for funding support
Author fees for open access journals (as determined by listing in the Directory of Open Access Journals, membership in the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, or adherence to Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association Code of Conduct) will be covered in full. Author fees for “hybrid” journals will be covered up to 50%.
UNCLEAR HOW MUCH FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR OA BOOKS
University of Northern Colorado
The Fund for Faculty Publications addresses growing demand from UNC faculty for support of publication fees for books, journals, and conference proceedings. Certain book publishers and open access journals are outlets that typically assess these fees, but other traditional journals, especially in the sciences, do as well, and increasingly faculty are paying such charges out of personal funds.
$10,000 is allocated for the fund for fiscal year 2018. The source of funds is the Provost’s pool of dollars for faculty research (the same source of funding for Faculty Research and Publications Board projects). Awards will be made in amounts up to $2000 to reimburse charges for publication fees paid by faculty members related to books and peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. Requests for application fees may not exceed $100. Awards will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.
Eligible books will meet the following criteria:
- It must meet tenure and promotion eligibility in the program area.
- It must be published by a reputable publisher (not a vanity press).
- It is an original work (no edited volumes).
University of Oklahoma
Open Access Subvention Fund
Who Is Eligible?: Any current University of Oklahoma-Norman regular faculty member, post-doctoral researcher, staff member, or student author.
What is Eligible?
Books: Processing fees for scholarly, peer-reviewed books published open access. Publishers may be listed in the Directory of Open Access Books. Publisher must be a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association or adhere to its Code of Conduct.
The fund is to support open access to research articles or books created without grant/gift funding. Articles or books for which other publication funding is available will not be eligible. Authors may receive funding up to $1,500 per fiscal year for publishing and processing fees, including open access pages charges; unused amounts will not roll over to future years. In the case of an article or book with multiple authors, each eligible author may apply for reimbursement for a prorated portion of the eligible fees.
University of Saskatchewan
Research Services and Ethics Office Publications Fund
Purpose: To support the publishing of scholarly and creative works of University of Saskatchewan faculty as well as to assist in supporting scholarly journals on campus.
Value: An applicant can submit one request in either of the following categories:
- up to $5,000 for a formal Book Publication Subvention;
Deadline: May 1, September 1 & January 1
Eligibility: Tenured or tenure-track University of Saskatchewan faculty members (excluding adjunct and emeritus) as well as University of Saskatchewan Professional Librarians are eligible to apply. Faculty in term positions are eligible but at a lower priority. Only one application per applicant per fiscal year will be accepted. Only one scholarly and creative work can be requested for support per fiscal year.
Eligible Expenditures: Publication costs associated with the direct act or process of publishing are eligible, but all requests must be accompanied by a copy of the receipt or invoice from the publisher outlining the costs associated with the following:
- Book Publication Subventions will only be considered if the application includes an explanation for how the funds requested will be utilized, and a letter from the publisher indicating the detailed budget for the book. Requests for publishing subventions without a copy of an agreement to publish will not be funded.
University of Tromso
As part of the work to make the research from the university as accessible and reused as possible, UiT The Arctic University of Norway is making allocations in the budget to cover author-side payments for Open Access publishing.
The fund can cover author-side costs as Article Processing Charges (APCs), Article Submisson Charges and similar charges in Open Access publications. The fund will at the outset cover the whole cost, but if the number of applications are greater than the fund can finance, the fund can cover a percentage of costs or put a cap on how much it can cover per application.
From January 1st 2016 the fund can also cover costs for chapters/articles in OA anthologies, and for OA monographs. For anthologies and monographs we have no application form – send us an e-mail where you present your project or need. Each such application is treated individually, and we cannot promise support until we have evaluated the publication and the proposed costs thoroughly.
University of Salzburg
Requirements for the publication of monographs and edited volumes:
- The applicant must be employed at the University of Salzburg as a member of research staff.
- The publisher guarantees a peer-review that is adequate to the subject.
- The publisher is listed in the Directory of Open Access Books or a member of OASPA or adheres to verifiably equivalent criteria.
- The fund will cover a maximum of 8000€. If the fees are higher, the sum may be split between several parties.
- The embargo period must not exceed one year.
University of Zurich
Since 2012 the Main Library of the University of Zurich supports Open Access publications from the humanities and social sciences with a publishing fund. Combined with the current institutional memberships this is a way to support all research areas when publishing with open access.
The fund has been running since 2012 and could be extended every year. Each year the prolongation of the fund will be considered. Eligible authors are entitled to a maximum of CHF 2,000.- from this fund in a calendar year, to cover open access publication charges for one or more publications. Since the budget is limited, the principle “first come – first served” applies. In order to be eligible for financial support the author must be sure to comply with the funds guidelines. This is the authors’ responsibility.
As an author, in order to be eligible for benefit from the fund, please make sure to comply with the following criteria:
(1) The author is an employee of the University of Zurich. For multi author publications, either the first or the last author must be an employee of the University of Zurich with the implicit understanding that the work was mainly created there.
(7) The fund covers maximal publications costs of 2‘000 CHF per author, research group (last authorship), publication and year for: Articles published in an Open Access journal Monographs that are published with Open Access Book chapters that are published with Open Access (provided the whole work is OA) Edited scientific works that are entirely published with Open Access
- The corresponding author is employed by Utrecht University or the University Medical Center Utrecht.
- You do not receive a publication grant from NWO or other parties.
- Open access books must meet the demands as made in the Directory of Open access Books (DOAB). This means that the book is published under an open access licence (such as a Creative Commons licence) and that peer review has taken place before the publication.
- The full text of the publication must be placed in the Utrecht University Repository as soon as possible after its publication
You can appeal to the Utrecht University Open Access Fund. Till further notice invoices for Open Access publishing will be processed and 50% of the costs will be refunded to the faculty/department where the (corresponding) author is employed.
Texas A&M University
The Open Access to Knowledge Fund (OAKFund) at Texas A&M University underwrites publication charges for scholarly journal articles, book chapters, and books published in fully Open Access publications. Eligible authors include current members of the Faculty or Full-Time Research Staff at Texas A&M University. Eligible works include peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and scholarly monographs approved for publication after September 1, 2016. In order to be eligible, the publication venue must be fully Open Access. The publisher must make their entire publication freely available online; meaning that the publisher distributes all articles in a journal, or chapters in a book, as Open Access. “Hybrid” Open Access publication venues and publication venues with delayed Open Access models are ineligible.
Eligible authors may receive a maximum of $3,000 per fiscal year.
- This is a cumulative total, it may be split across multiple applications so long as funds are available.
- This is a yearly cap, it applies to the fiscal year in which an application is submitted. In no way does the cap roll over to future years.
The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
To promote Gold Open Access, the Academy provides funds for any publication costs incurred (article processing charges, APCs in short, or book processing charges, BPCs in short). The choice of publications funded rests with the Vice-Rectorate for Art/Research.
Further additional criteria for monographs available here (p.2):
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Requesting a book publishing subvention:
- Contact the Faculty Book Publishing committee chair.
- Submit the required documentation via email to the committee chair (see below).
- The committee meets and makes a recommendation to Jack Finney, Associate Provost for Faculty
- The provost’s office contacts the faculty member with the decision.
- Funding is contingent on the author agreeing to reimburse Virginia Tech from received royalties, up to the amount of the subvention with each reimbursement divided proportionally according to the proportional contributions made by department, college, and provost’s office. After the amount of the subvention has been repaid, royalties belong to the author.
Evaluation criteria used by the committee:
- Academic merit of the project.
- Quality and suitability of the publisher.
- Commitment of financial support from the author’s department.
- Commitment of financial support from the author’s college.
- Description of the project.
- Letter from the publisher stating the subvention amount requested and how it will be used.
- Information about the publisher and explanation of why the publisher is suitable for this project.
- Written confirmation (with amount) of financial support from the department and from the college.
Wellcome Library (UK)
Wellcome Library has made funds available to pay the open access publishing costs for research papers, monographs and book chapters that result from research based on the Wellcome Library’s collections.
To be eligible to apply for these funds:
- the Wellcome Library’s collections must have substantively informed the work
- the research article, monograph or book chapter must have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication
- the researcher must not already be in receipt of funding that could be used to pay the open access publishing costs.
If you have a peer-reviewed, accepted monograph, book chapter or research article, and would like to apply for funds to pay the open access publication charge, please read our guide to the Open Access Fund.
What publication types can the Library Open Access Fund be used for?
The Fund can be used to make the following kinds of peer-reviewed publications open access:
- research articles
- book chapters
- scholarly monographs.
Books and book chapters must be published by a recognised academic press. Self-published or privately published books or book chapters are not eligible. Books and book chapters should preferably be made available under a Creative Commons attribution licence (CC-BY 3.0), but more restrictive open access licences will also be accepted.
All applications to the Open Access Fund are considered at the discretion of the Wellcome Trust, and we reserve the right to turn down applications which we consider do not meet our eligibility criteria and conditions.
Wellcome Trust (UK)
Our open access policy applies to all original, peer-reviewed, research publications that have been supported, in whole or in part, by Wellcome.
Complying with our open access policy
Our open access policy applies to all original, peer-reviewed, research publications that have been supported, in whole or in part, by Wellcome. If you’re funded by Wellcome and want to make an unsolicited review article or a study protocol open access, we will meet the cost of the Article Processing Charge (APC) where the publisher provides a Wellcome-compliant paid open access option. Since 1 October 2013, our open access policy has included scholarly monographs and book chapters authored and co-authored by Wellcome grantholders that arise as part of their grant-funded research. The policy does not apply to PhD theses by Wellcome-funded students. But we expect PhD theses to be made freely available from the EThOS repository(opens in a new tab) as soon as possible.
Ensuring compliance for monographs and book chapters
We recognise that key research findings may be published as scholarly monographs or book chapters. We want the visibility and impact of these research outputs to be maximised.
What’s covered by our policy
In 2013, we extended our open access policy to include monographs and book chapters, specifically:
- The policy change applies to all original scholarly monographs and book chapters authored or co-authored by Wellcome grantholders as part of their grant-funded research. The policy does not apply to textbooks, ‘trade’ books, general reference works or works of fiction, or to collections edited, but not authored, by Wellcome grantholders.
- In line with our existing open access policy, grantholders are required to make these research outputs available through PMC Bookshelf(opens in a new tab) and Europe PMC(opens in a new tab) as soon as possible, with a maximum embargo of six months.
- We will make funds available for the payment of publishers’ open access monograph processing charges.
- Where a publishing fee is levied, such works must be available without embargo, and be licensed in ways which support their re-use. Although the Creative Commons, Attribution licence (CC-BY) is strongly preferred, we will accept non-commercial and/or no-derivatives licences (ie CC-BY-NC, or CC-BY-NC-ND).
The author or publisher of research funded by Wellcome should deposit the monograph or book chapter for inclusion in PMC Bookshelf and Europe PMC using the monograph and book chapter deposit form. This extended policy came into effect for all grantholders in October 2014 and now applies to all grantholders, past and present.