In France, the Fonds National pour la Science Ouverte (FNSO) announced a selection of 22 projects that will be supported to shape and consolidate the French open science publishing ecosystem. Focused on platforms, infrastructures, and editorial workflows, the total budget foreseen will be 2.675.000 EUR.
The FNSO launched its first call for projects in December 2019, receiving 105 submissions, including 10 for the research infrastructure part, 39 for the editorial platforms component, and 56 for the editorial content segment. Around one-third of the submitted projects regarded STEM disciplines, and about a half was focused on HSS. Moreover, 86% of the submitted projects were managed by a public sector organization and 14% by a private initiative.
Given the quality of the projects presented, the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation decided to increase the available budget with an additional 500.000 EUR; a critical effort to support 22 projects in total, 5 of which involve research infrastructures, 7 editorial platforms, and 10 editorial content.
In particular, the granted support will make possible a real qualitative leap for essential infrastructures in the French open access scientific publication ecosystem. Furthermore, it supports journals that choose to turn to open access, strengthens open peer review initiatives, and encourages experimentation with new publication formats, linking text and data.
FNSO announced that a similar call, again focused on open science publishing, will take place at the end of this year. Besides, there will be another call in 2021 focused on research data.