- A maximum of €2,000 funding will be provided for covering the Open Access publication fees for research articles, book chapters and conference proceedings. A maximum of €6,000 will be allocated for publishing Open Access monographs. Where VAT is charged, the funding caps will apply to the total invoiced amount.
- The €2,000 maximum funding above only applies to fully Open Access journal titles. Publications in hybrid journals (i.e. subscription-based journals offering the option of making individual articles Open Access upon payment of Article Processing Charges) will not be supported by this Pilot.
- An APC-equivalent funding mechanism will be devised to support the publication of research articles in non-APC-based Open Access journals provided they meet the technical requirements described above. Requirements for setting up this alternative funding mechanism will be identified during the first months of the Pilot and its implementation will be considered at the early 2016 policy review.
- No extra page/colour fees will be funded besides the APCs (or APC-equivalent fees).
- For quality assurance purposes, eligible journal titles must be listed in standard directories like the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Scopus, Web of Science or PubMed. For recently released journals that haven’t yet been included in such directories, publishers must provide a clear description on their website of the peer-review process they perform.
- In case an output is co-funded with other research funders, fair sharing of publishing funding is encouraged where applicable. Details and examples on how to handle this co-funding process will be provided as an appendix to this document.
- Funding by this post-grant OA Pilot will solely be made available for APC payments to publishers, and will not cover staff expenses or internal system development at institutions. Additional details on invoicing will also be provided in the above-mentioned technical appendix to these guidelines.