100th granted funding request from the EC FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot
As of Nov 12th, i.e. roughly six months into the EC FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot, the hundredth funding request has been granted by this funding initiative to a manuscript submitted by a researcher in chemistry at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem and accepted for publication at NPG/Macmillan's 'Scientific Reports'.
It has taken a quarter of its 2-years running time for the project to collect its first 100 accepted funding requests, but the number of accepted requests is now steadily growing, especially since a letter with information about the initiative was sent early October from the Directorate-General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology to every FP7 project coordinator. Scientific Reports, the NPG Open Access journal with an €1,165 APC fee is in fact the journal which funding is most frequently being applied for, closely followed by PLoS ONE.
A detailed report on the distribution by countries, institutions and publishers of these first 100 accepted funding requests will be shared at the forthcoming OpenAIRE workshop in Ghent next week. For the time being it's worth mentioning that although two countries – the UK and Spain – are clearly topping the classification by countries with around 20 accepted funding requests each, the number of countries in the list keeps growing too and it now includes nearly all EU Member States plus a few neighbouring countries. Moreover, the project is receiving a significant number of messages of appreciation for the funding initiative from researchers.