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. It also lists a selection of presses and organisations of presses that do not charge BPCs (Book Processing Charges or fees) for books (sometimes known as Diamond OA). If you want your organisation or press listed on this page, please contact us here: https://radicaloa.disruptivemedia.org.uk/contact/
This list is based on two main lists, maintained by the OAPEN OA Books Toolkit, and by Springer Nature. We recommend consulting these lists alongside this list as all are updated at different intervals.
OA Books Toolkit: List of Funding Sources for Open Access Books https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TXICDiNRDXlB0SXdB6Ok5-KiDmS666YhicRbcTSAKWc/edit#gid=1207651249
Springer Nature: Funding for open access books https://www.springernature.com/gp/open-research/funding/books
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:
- Barnes, Lucy, and Rupert Gatti. ‘The Cost of Open Access Books: A Publisher Writes’. Open Book Publishers Blog, 28 May 2020. https://doi.org/10.11647/OBP.0173.0143.
- 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
- Nordhoff, Sebastian, ‘Calculating the costs of a community-driven publisher’ (2016) Language Science Press Blog https://userblogs.fu-berlin.de/langsci-press/2016/04/18/calculating-the-costs-of-a-community-driven-publisher/
- Nordhoff, Sebastian, ‘What’s the cost of an open access book?’ (2015) Language Science Press Blog https://userblogs.fu-berlin.de/langsci-press/2015/09/29/whats-the-cost-of-an-open-access-book
- 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/
- van Gerven Oei, V. W. J., Joy, E., & Rudmann, D. (2020). We Got the Receipts: The Punctum Books Financial and Activity Report 2016–2019. Punctum Books. Retrieved from https://punctumbooks.pubpub.org/pub/punctum-books-financial-activity-report-2016-2019
- van Gerven Oei, V. W. J., & Joy, E. (2021). Punctum Books Financial and Activity Report 2020. Punctum Books. Retrieved from https://punctumbooks.pubpub.org/pub/punctum-financial-activity-report-2020
- Willinsky, John and Matthew Rusk, ‘If Research Libraries and Funders Finance Open Access: Moving Beyond Subscriptions and APCs’ (2018), College and Research Libraries https://crl.acrl.org/index.php/crl/article/view/16992
Book Publishers that charge no BPCs
Also see Penier, Izabella, Eve, Martin Paul, & Grady, Tom. (2020). COPIM – Revenue Models for Open Access Monographs 2020 (1.0). Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4011836
A partnership led by the Latin Americanist Research Resources Project (LARRP) in collaboration with the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), JSTOR, and Latin American bookseller García Cambeiro has expanded a sustainable Open Access pilot (Publish as Open) for monographs developed and supported by the library community. This is the second phase of a project to expand Latin American OA ebooks accessible through Books at JSTOR and to explore further opportunities for developing this model with other university presses.
Platinum Open Access. Lever Press is a fully open access press: all works will be freely available to readers on the web immediately upon publication. Uniquely, Lever Press is committed to what we’re calling “Platinum OA,” in which all the costs of acquiring, editing, developing, and producing the work are borne collectively by our supporting institutions—not by individual authors or their sponsoring departments or institutions. Platinum OA means Lever Press can consider works with regard to scholarly merit only. Because we take on all the costs of producing the work we select, Platinum OA means one thing more: that the work we produce is of the highest quality, and has been selected exactly because it is worth the investment.
MIT Press Direct to Open (D2O)
A New, Collective Action Open Access Business Model for Scholarly Books. Direct to Open harnesses collective action to support open access to excellent scholarship. Developed over two years with the generous support of the Arcadia Fund, in close collaboration with the library community, the model will:
- Open access to all new MIT Press scholarly monographs and edited collections (~90 titles per year) from 2022 via recurring participation fees.
- Provide participating libraries with term access to backlist/archives (~2,300 titles), which will otherwise remain gated. Participating libraries will receive access even if the model is not successful.
- Cover partial direct costs for the publication of high-quality works that are also available for print purchase.
Open Book Collective
Over the course of the COPIM project, Work Package 2 has been in the process of developing a new online infrastructural intermediary that can sit between scholarly libraries and OA publishers and other initiatives, to deliver new and more sustainable sources of revenue. As mentioned in our last report, the organisation that will support this intermediary now has a name: Open Book Collective (OBC).
The OBC will respond to the need for new forms of collaborative interaction between publishers, researchers, universities, and scholarly libraries by offering a contextual platform that supports the promotion of open access publishing activities and facilitates collective funding support. OBC will be a non-profit incorporated entity legally founded in the UK and we expect soon to be able to confirm its precise organisational form.
OBC will act as a collector of revenues accrued for new membership packages from institutions – primarily academic libraries – with this revenue then passed on to OA book publishers and infrastructure providers. A portion of the revenue will be retained to cover the platform’s administrative overhead costs.
Open Book Publishers
As a non-profit, academic-led Open Access publisher our priority is to ensure that high-quality academic books are freely available to readers worldwide. We believe that access to academic work should not depend on ability to pay. Therefore, we do not require authors to pay an Open Access fee for publication. We encourage those who are able to apply for grants from their university and elsewhere to do so, in order to defray the costs of publishing their book and enable us to accept more authors who do not have funding, but the decision about whether or not we will accept a manuscript for publication depends entirely on the outcome of our peer review process and not on the availability or otherwise of funding. Authors without any funding regularly publish with us.
Depending on a number of factors including, for example, the length of the manuscript and number of images, it typically costs us £5,000 to produce and market a book. If a book is unusually lengthy or contains a very large number of images, we may charge a production fee to cover the extra costs, as detailed in Appendix Three of our Authors’ Guide. We ensure that we do not need to charge authors a mandatory Open Access fee thanks to our sustainable mixed model of funding, including: revenue from the sale of affordably priced digital and paper copies alongside our Open Access editions; our innovative and long-standing Library Membership Programme; and the grant funding that some authors are able to source to support the publication of their books. We provide information on possible sources of publishing grants for Open Access books and support our authors throughout the application process. For more information on available grants and how to apply, see our Authors’ Guide.
Opening the Future
Opening the Future is a collective subscription model that, through its membership scheme, makes library funds go further: achieving the dual objectives of increasing collections and supporting Open Access. Opening the Future launched in October 2020 with the Central European University Press coming forward to pilot the model, and it expanded in June 2021 with Liverpool University Press adopting a version of the model for two of their book series.
Unlike other publishers and OA initiatives that charge author-facing fees to publish open books (Book Processing Charges, or BPCs), Punctum believes these fees aggravate deeply entrenched inequities in the scholarly publishing landscape, and we also believe that print editions of scholarly work should not be cost-prohibitive. At the same time, the average cost of making an academic book, according to the majority of well-established university and commercial academic presses, can range from $15,000 up to $30,000 per title, and making digital ebooks available in open-access form, utilizing all of the best practices for the curation and preservation of digital objects and their integration into universal research records, and with no economic or technical barriers to authors and readers worldwide, necessitates rethinking the traditional business models for academic publishing, to include developing new protocols that will assist us in streamlining workflows and reducing costs in ways that are fully transparent to the communities invested in more transformative models of open scholarly communications (the average cost of a Punctum title is $5,500).
ScholarLed is a consortium of five academic-led, not-for-profit, Open Access book publishers. Individually we comprise Mattering Press, meson press, Open Book Publishers, Open Humanities Press, and punctum books, and collectively we are developing powerful, practical ways for scholar-led Open Access presses to grow and flourish. We publish in a wide range of subjects in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. In our online and offline presence, we strive to provide clear information about our mission, ethos, people involved, ownership and governance models, production and review process, funding models, and any author-facing charges; We are key partners in the Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM) project, a major international partnership of researchers, universities, librarians, open access book publishers and infrastructure providers that is building community-owned, open systems and infrastructures to enable open access book publishing to flourish.
Funding for OA Books
Last updated October 2021 (in progress)
Costs related to open access — Costs for open access to publications (including monographs) and to research data are eligible if incurred during the action duration. This includes costs charged by data repositories or data centres for the storage and maintenance of the research data generated by the action. With explicit agreement by the Agency, it can also include fees levied for a membership scheme (if this is a requirement for publishing with open access or if membership is a pre–condition for significantly lower
article processing charges) (page 386).
Publishing fees (including page charges or colour charges) for publications in other venues, for example in subscription journals (including hybrid journals) or in books that contain some scholarly content that is open and some that is closed are NOT eligible costs. Publishing fees for open access books may be eligible to the extent that they cover the first digital open access edition of the book (which could include different formats such as html, pdf, epub, etc.). Printing fees for monographs and other books are NOT eligible (page 158).
ERC (European Research Council)
Publication fees in full open access venues (such as full open access journals, books, or platforms), including APCs, BPCs and other publishing fees (such as colour charges or page charges) are in principle eligible for reimbursement. The costs must be incurred during the lifetime of the grant and you must also comply with the other conditions of your grant agreement. Note that fees for publications in hybrid or subscription journals are not eligible for reimbursement from your ERC grant. This includes so-called ‘transformative journals’, for which no exception applies. On the other hand, so-called ‘mirror journals’ or ‘sister journals’ of subscription journals are considered to be full open access journals; publication fees in such journals are in principle eligible for reimbursement. Transformative agreements may help you to publish in hybrid journals without having to worry about how to pay the related publishing costs.
Note that publication fees for books that are not fully open access (or for chapters in such books) are not eligible for reimbursement from your ERC grant. Publishing fees for open access books are in principle eligible to the extent that they cover the costs of the first open access digital edition. Printing fees for monographs and other books are NOT eligible.
Grantor will fund actual costs of open–access publication of Results, up to one year after the end of the Grant period set out in the Award Letter, subject to a maximum of five–thousands euro (€5,000) in total, if such amount is included in the Grant budget.
Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
For peer-reviewed book publications such as monographs, edited volumes, etc., the Open Access guidelines as formulated in the application guidelines for the Stand-Alone Publications programme apply.
Promotion of stand-alone publications. In addition to conventional publication forms (e.g. monographs, anthologies/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. Promotion of the establishment or modernisation of scientific/academic journals with the aim of meeting the minimum requirements for publication formats of Plan S of cOAlition S.
Presentation of results of basic research of international relevance
- Innovative publication formats and journals: a lump-sum grant of up to EUR 50,000.00 as a subsidy for production costs including open access publication
- Conventional publication formats: such as monographs and anthologies/collections need to be applied for in modules. The FWF provides lump sum grants that include funding for production costs; editing, foreign-language editing, or translation costs; and the costs of simultaneous open access publication. The maximum amount that can be requested is EUR 22,000.00.
Accepted continuously, no application deadline
By the FWF Board based on an international review process
Approx. 4-6 months (or 2 months for applications involving FWF-certified publishers)
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FC&DO) – UK
DFID (Department for International Development) and the Foreign & Commonwealth office (FCO) merged to form the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FC&DO) in September 2020. Grants made under the DFID continue to be subject to the OA policy. 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.
Israel Science Foundation
The program assists in publishing research results in book format in the areas of arts and humanities, discourse analysis and quality communications. The Israel Science Foundation (ISF) will help fund the publishing as well as assist with pre-publication, including translation, editing and illustrations. Submitted material may be the conclusion of long-term research or a collection of papers published for the first time. In this case, the names of the authors (name and institution) should be included.
A book published under the auspices of this program should not be part of a larger anthology series; commemorative works or proceedings are not suitable.
Planning and Budgeting Committee (PBC) of the Council of Higher Education (CHE)
The applications for this program are handled by the department of Humanities
- Eligibility: Open to researchers from all types of institutions according to the terms and guidelines for submission and the eligibility guide
- Areas of research: Humanities, interdisciplinary research involving humanities and arts, discourse analysis and quality communications
- Amount of funding: Up to 50% of the cost of publication, and up to 100% of the costs of translation/editing
- Number of grants per cycle: Unlimited
Proposals will be judged by a professional committee aided by external input received by the publishers
Decisions will be communicated to the applicant upon completion of the review process
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Grant-in-Aid for Publication of Scientific Research Results
Subsidy for publication and/or international dissemination of research achievements of high academic values executed by academic associations and other organizations. Enhancement of International Dissemination of
Information Subsidy for efforts by academic societies and other scholarly organizations to strengthen international dissemination of academic information for the purpose of international academic exchange.
Scientific Literature Subsidy for academic publication of research results (books) authored by an individual or a group of researchers (p2).
Leverhulme Trust (UK)
Does the Trust fund the cost of open access publishing?
Yes, this is a permissible cost and 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.
The Leibniz Open Access Monograph Publishing Fund supports and finances open access publication of previously unpublished academic monographs, edited volumes or chapters in edited volumes, for which publishing fees are charged – book processing charges (BPC) or book chapter processing charges (BCPC).
The Open Access Monograph Publishing Fund is funded by the Leibniz Association’s Strategy Fund. This publishing fund runs in a second funding phase from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.
Grants will be awarded through a pilot project, which also aims to collect experience and develop and test standards for open access books. The terms and conditions presented here may therefore change over the course of the project.
The pilot project is being run by the Leibniz Institute for the German Language (IDS) in collaboration with the DIE, DIPF, GNM, IfZ, TIB and ZBW.
The fund is centrally managed by the Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology University Library (TIB) in Hanover. The TIB registers the applications, the IDS deals with the invoices. The submitted applications are assessed by the project team. Applications may be submitted using our online form. For all monographs, collective works and chapters of collective works funded by the Leibniz Open Access Monograph Publishing Fonds, references are added to LeibnizOpen.
Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research / Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO)
Project leaders or co-applicants of awarded NWO research projects can apply for funding of the costs of Open Access publishing of academic books that result from NWO funding. This instrument has a short lead time (maximum 6 weeks) and the procedure is relatively simple. The aim of this funding instrument is to stimulate the Open Access publication of academic books that result from NWO funding by providing funds for the payment of Book Processing Charges. Open access means your book can be read, shared and cited digitally without readers having to buy it. Open access thus increases the chances of your work being widely read and having an impact. Open access publishing does not prevent a possible simultaneous publication of the printed book. Applications for the Open Access book publication fund can only be submitted by project leaders or co-applicants of awarded NWO research projects.
Per research project, a maximum of € 10,000 is available for the Open Access publication of a peer-reviewed academic book that is the result of a research project funded by NWO and published by an academic publisher. Following Crossick (2015), NWO defines an academic book or monograph as: a long-form academic work or book on a single research topic, typically written by one or sometimes two authors. This includes (peer-reviewed) edited collections as well as critical editions.
It is possible to submit an application up to 5 years after the completion of the project. Applications may be submitted at any time. There are no deadlines. Applications can be submitted as soon as there is a publishing contract between the author(s) and the publisher, the manuscript has passed the peer-review process and the manuscript is ready to be put into production by the publisher. Applications for books that have already been published will not be accepted.
Research Council of Lithuania
Article Processing Chargers (APC) Fund
APC Fund enables Lithuanian researchers to publish scientific articles in a prestigious international journals and supports publishing of books and monographs.
The aim of this fund is to encourage Lithuanian science development, promotion internationally and level a playing field for Lithuanian researchers, enabling them to publish their research findings regardless of a financial situation.
Further information and related document forms are available in Lithuanian language only. Please contact Loreta Kielaitienė, +370 676 18640, firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance or reload the page in Lithuanian version.
Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences / Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)
Researchers financed by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond are to publish their results using open access, meaning openly available online.
You can apply for support for open access from RJ if:
- you have/have had support from RJ from the funding call RJ Project or RJ Sabbatical
- your funding was granted until 2019
- you submitted your final report no later than 5 years ago
- the costs you apply for are reasonable
- you follow RJ:s guidelines for open access.
Send an application in word format to the research manager in charge. The application should include the following:
- The project’s reference number
- Current grant administrator
- Brief description of what you are seeking funding for (for example scientific article, monograph)
- Brief description of how peer review will be conducted
- Link to/information about the publisher
- Information about which license will be used, if different licenses are used (for example for illustrations and texts), please state this
- Information about what type of open access you are seeking funding for (gold, green or hybrid)
- Possible embargo time
- The total amount applied for in Swedish kronor with specification for each sub-amount, including any indirect costs (calculated according to the model used by the grant administrator).
- For all other research support, we use our own model for calculating indirect costs and costs of premises.
- RJ compensates for costs already incurred.
- Funds granted must be requisitioned for payment to a grant administrator.
- In all publications, it must be clearly stated that support from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond has been received. Links to the publications that have received support must be sent to RJ, we do not accept physical copies.
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) / Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung (SNF) / Fonds National Suisse (FNS)
The SNSF finances the publication of scientific books that are freely accessible without limitations or delays (gold open access). Researchers have the option to publish a printed book at the same time as the OA version.
Peer-reviewed monographs (including dissertations, habilitations, legal commentaries and editions) and anthologies qualify for funding. The cost of publisher services for quality control, book production and distribution are covered by a book processing charge (BPC).
If the SNSF OA commitment is fulfilled via the “green road”, the books and book chapters must be archived in an institutional or disciplinary repository no later than 12 months after their initial publication by the publisher. This is the case if the publication is the result of an SNSF project, but the publication costs are not funded via an SNSF grant.
The SNSF covers the cost of publisher services for quality control, book production and distribution. The costs are covered by book processing charges (BPCs) that can be applied for via the OA platform (mySNF).
The modular BPCs are structured as follows:
- Base module: Up to CHF 15,000 for an open access book publication of up to 750,000 characters (including spaces). Please provide a link to the publisher’s open access range on mySNF.
- Supplementary module “higher number of characters”:
- An additional lump sum of CHF 3,000 for up to 250,000 additional characters; or
- An additional lump sum of CHF 5,000 more than 1 million characters.
No proof of costs (e.g. quotation or costings) is required when applying for these two modules. Please specify the number of characters in the publication on mySNF (“Financial requirement” data container). The SNSF reserves the right to verify that the costs are reasonable.
- Supplementary module “layout and image rights”: An additional sum of up to CHF 5,000 in the case of demonstrably increased costs for layout and image rights. Evidence should be provided for the increased layout costs (e.g. due to design or the incorpo-
ration of numerous graphics, special characters, margins or similar) and/or image rights in the form of the publisher’s quotation or an invoice for the individual image purchases.
- Supplementary module “enriched e–book”: An additional sum of up to CHF 5,000. The SNSF considers an “enriched e–book” to be a digital book publication that offers additional functionality compared with a conventional PDF or ePUB (with a link to the table of contents and footnotes), such as audio or video files, links to external websites or lexicons and interactive elements. This additional functionality must also be available in the open access version. When applying for this additional module, the SNSF stipulates that the features of the digital book publication or the special functionality be described and its programming demonstrated in the form of a quotation.
- Supplementary module “foreign language proofreading”: An additional sum of up to CHF 5,000. When applying for this additional module, evidence must be provided that the publication is not in the author’s native language and that the publication’s visibility and the reception of its research findings are thereby increased.
The SNSF does not make any contributions towards the printing costs of monographs and anthologies. If the publication is also issued in printed form, the SNSF’s BPC grants must be used exclusively for the digital version (first digital copy).
The Academy of Finland
We also urge researchers to publish monographs with open access. We will prepare more detailed guidelines on the implementation and funding of open access to monographs in 2021.
The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (Canada)
The Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP), a key Federation activity, funds scholarly books in Canada that make important contributions to the humanities and social sciences. Established in 1941 by a group of scholars determined to promote original, Canadian research in the humanities and social sciences, the ASPP sponsored 33 scholarly books during its first decade. Since then, the Awards have supported the publication of over 7,000 works that have enriched the social, cultural, and intellectual lives of people across this country and the world.
Initial public funding for the ASPP came from the Canada Council for the Arts in 1957. Annual contributions from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), which began in the late 1970s, provide major support. The ASPP, run by the Federation, is a competitive program that awards 180 Publication Grants of $8,000 and five Translation Grants of $12,000 annually (April 1 to March 31). The Publications Committee, comprised of specialists in all primary disciplines of the humanities and social sciences, evaluate grant applications and issue funding recommendations continuously throughout the year.
The Academic Council, a six-member committee of experienced scholars, advises the Federation on matters relating to the ASPP’s policies and strategic direction. The council has special responsibility for Translation Grant applications. The Federation recognizes the best ASPP-funded books through its annual Canada Prizes.
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
If you expect to pay any costs to publish a research article within the scope of the research councils policy on open access (for example, an open access article processing charge), you should speak to your research organisation.
Research councils support open access publication costs for research articles through an open access block grant to research organisations. You cannot usually claim these costs from your grant.
You can ask for publication costs for books and other outputs when you apply for a research council grant.
Funding and policy implementation. UKRI will provide an Open Access Block Grant to support compliance with this policy for both research articles and in-scope longform publications. For research articles the use of UKRI funding is permitted for a wide range of costs, however the use of UKRI funds for publishing in an ‘hybrid’ journal that is not part of a transitional agreement will not be permitted. UKRI will publish further information on funding in due course, as outlined on our website at
Shaping Our Open Access Policy.
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 Foundation 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 separately for these costs if they were unstated and therefore not considered within the first grant letter.
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.
Freie Universität Berlin
Freie Universität offers funding to co-finance the publication costs (Book Processing Charges, BPCs) for open-access monographs and edited volumes that have not been published previously. The funding was drawn from Freie Universität Berlin budget resources; the fund is managed by the University Library. Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received until the allocated funds have been exhausted. In individual cases, the decision as to whether the funding is granted rests with the University Library.
- Funding will be granted only if a Freie Universität member is responsible for the settlement of the fee. The author or editor must be a Freie Universität member at the time when payment is made (§ 43 Berliner Hochschulgesetz).
- Funding provided during the pilot phase is limited to one publication per person.
- The FU affiliation of the author must be clearly identifiable in the publication.
- Due to fiscal reasons, the reimbursement of the cost can be transferred only to a department’s account.
- Publication costs will be reimbursed up to the maximum of 6,000 EUR (incl. VAT).
- The combination of funding with other sources is possible.
- The funding approval is valid for a period of 12 months. If the publication has not been published within that period, the applicant will have to submit a new application.
The pilot phase runs now from 12 September 2018 through 31 March 2019.
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.
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
The funding enables the (co-) financing of publication costs (Book Processing Charges, BPCs) for previously unpublished open access monographs and open access anthologies.The funding was established from budget funds of the Humboldt University in Berlin and is administered by the University Library. The processing and approval of the applications is carried out in the order of receipt. In some cases, the decision on funding is the responsibility of the University Library.
- Publications are financed in which the applicants are members of the Humboldt-Universität (according to § 43 Berliner Hochschulgesetz ) and as authors * or publishers * are responsible for the payment of the publication fees.
- Support under the pilot phase is limited to one publication per person.
- The HU membership (affiliation) of the authors must be clearly visible in the publication, the use of an ORCiD is expected.
- The publication has to be informed upon publication that it has been funded by the Publishing Fund of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
- Reimbursement is made for publication costs up to a certain maximum amount.
- The combination of funding by other means is possible. Publications that have arisen as part of third-party funded projects and for the full financing of which publication resources are available can not be funded through the central publication fund.
- The grant is valid for a period of 12 months. If publication has not taken place after the deadline, a new application for funding must be submitted.
The pilot phase for the promotion runs until 30.04.2019.
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.
KU Leuven Fair OA fund
All researchers who wish to publish an OA book with Leuven University Press are eligible to apply for funding:
- Authors affiliated with KU Leuven can apply for 2/3 of the BPC, the remaining 1/3 has to be financed by their own funds; authors who do not have access to such funds can apply for a fee waiver, thus effectively receiving financial support for the entire BPC.
- Authors not affiliated with KU Leuven can apply for 1/3 of the BPC and will have to provide the remaining 2/3 themselves.
Authors can apply for 1/3, 2/3 or even 100% of the BPC, depending on their affiliation (see above). The BPC is calculated separately for each book, based on its size (i.e. word count). The average cost for the publication of an OA book with LUP is € 7500 (excl. VAT), this includes the total production cost, covering pre-press services, English language editing, typesetting, layout, marketing, distribution and promotion, as well as hosting on digital library platforms. Not included are:
- Lithography and image corrections
- Copyright costs for images or text
- Purchase of high-resolution images
Alongside the OA ebook (pdf and epub), which will be freely available on JSTOR, Project MUSE and OAPEN, and also included in the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), LUP commits itself to ensuring that the print version remains simultaneously available for sale (print-on-demand). OA books also follow the same production and marketing trajectory as traditionally produced volumes.
- Only manuscripts that comply with the KU Leuven policy on authorship qualify for financial support.
- All manuscript will go through a single blind peer review process and a positive outcome is required. The Guaranteed Peer Reviewed Content (GPRC) label will be added to the colophon of these books and are proof of the applied procedure.
- The support of the KU Leuven Fund for Fair OA must be mentioned in the publication.
- (for authors affiliated with KU Leuven) The author needs to make sure that his/her KU Leuven affiliation is correctly cited in order to assure that the publication can be counted in the BOF-Key (distribution criteria of the “Special Research Fund”).
- (for authors affiliated with KU Leuven) The final version of the book (i.e. the e-book as published by LUP) must be archived, at the time of appearance, in Lirias, the institutional repository of KU Leuven.
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 email@example.com 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.
Technische Universität Berlin
The open access publication funds of the TU Berlin promote essays in magazines as well as monographs and anthologies. In addition, TU members can claim discounts on publication fees.
- Funding is provided for unpublished open access monographs and collections up to a certain maximum funding amount.
- Publications that have been created as part of third-party funded projects and for which funding is available for publication can not be funded through the central publication fund.
- Funded are scientific publications that appear under a Creative Commons license (preferably CC BY).
- Only open-access publication fees are promoted, a promotion of printing costs, typesetting costs, surcharges for color, size etc. is not possible.
- Excellent dissertations of the TU Berlin are eligible for funding by the Fund. Theses can not be funded by the Publishing Fund.
- Publications should receive a notice when published that they were funded by the Publication Fund of the TU Berlin.
- The TU affiliation of the author must be clearly recognizable in the publication.
- The publisher should be listed in the Directory of Open Access Books ( DOAB ) or be a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association ( OASPA).
- The open-access publication fees invoiced by the publisher must be based on a transparent, comprehensible calculation for the university.
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.
World Health Organisation
WHO’s open-access policy applies to:
- all original research or review journal articles or book chapters that are produced by individuals or institutions who are funded in whole or in part by WHO and that are not published by WHO;
- all original research or review journal articles or book chapters that are co-authored by WHO staff and that are not published by WHO.
It does not apply to editorials and conference proceedings.