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OpenAIRE have now signed pre-payment agreements with BioMed Central, BMJ, Copernicus and Wiley on behalf of the EC FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot. These will allow APCs for eligible articles published in any of their fully Open Access journals to be charged to the pre-paid account upon manuscript acceptance. No invoice will then be required anymore in order to get these APCs funded. The 383 eligible journal titles are listed at the bottom of this post

In order to tell the publishers which manuscripts they should move under the pre-payment accounts, the post-grant pilot needs to collect two identification elements for the submitted manuscripts: the manuscript ID assigned by the publisher and the submission date. These are non-sensible elements that will preserve the confidentiality around the manuscript and its publication process.

Two additional requirements must be met upon submission of a pre-paid funding request: (i) that fewer than the maximum 3 eligible publications have been funded for the specific FP7 project and (ii) that the eligible FP7 project coordinator agrees with funding this specific manuscript on behalf of the project if/when it gets accepted. The first one can be checked by the post-grant pilot team upon submission of the request, and the second one should be verified by the submitter, either by CC-ing in the project PI in the funding request email or by directly checking with the PI before submitting the funding request.

Some publishers share information with us on submitted manuscripts which have acknowledged FP7 projects, but not all of them are able to do it. This is why it's advisable to send us a notification about any submitted manuscript to these journals whose corresponding author would wish to get pre-paid upon acceptance under this post-grant funding initiative.