8th progress report for the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot

With just five months to go for this EC FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot, this is a new progress report based on the figures collected as of Nov 30th. At this point, this funding initiative has already funded 700 Open Access post-grant publications arising from 534 completed FP7 projects . The dataset for the APC payments made thus far that was recently shared with OpenAPC provides revealing graphic snapshots for the project and allows its current results to be compared to those arising from ini...
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Implementing the FP7 Post-Grant OA Pilot pre-payment agreements

As mentioned in previous posts , the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot has now started implementing pre-payment agreements with a number of publishers: BioMed Central, Copernicus, Wiley and BMJ. This requires a new set of workflows to be tested. So far we have usually been receiving funding requests for accepted manuscripts in fully Open Access journals via the OpenAIRE system . This is of course still the standard and recommended procedure to apply for funding. But from the beginning of June, we...
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7th progress report for the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot

15 months into the project, this FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot has already funded well over 500 Open Access publications arising from finished FP7 projects. The 7th progress report shows its evolution with data as of Aug 31st, 2016. As stated in the previous report , the start of the implementation of the pre-payment agreements with publishers has had a significant impact on the initiative. Some of the areas where the influence is felt are: Nearly 40% of the funding requests processed in the ...
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Pre-payment agreements with publishers start to be implemented

After funding over 400 Open Access publications during its first year of operation, the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot is now moving onto the pre-payment agreement implementation stage. OpenAIRE has recently signed agreements and deposited a pre-paid fund with a number of publishers – BioMed Central, BMJ, Copernicus and Wiley – in order to be able to fund eligible manuscripts upon acceptance. This means a much simpler workflow for authors, since no invoice will be required anymore to receive t...
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The FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot one year into the initiative: 6th progress report

The FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot has recently completed its first year of operation since its launch on May 30th 2015. This sixth progress report looks into the results for the period. Most figures shown in the report are however dated June 15th, as this marks an important milestone for the project: as of mid-June, the pre-payment agreements that OpenAIRE has signed with publishers like Copernicus, BioMed Central and Wiley are starting to be implemented. This means a new set of additional wo...
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FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot: Fifth Progress Report

This is the 5th bi-monthly progress report for the EC FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot. Ten months into the project, the number of approved funding requests has already reached 300 , which already makes this Gold Open Access funding initiative one of the largest of its kind. The average APC fee paid for the 283 approved requests for journals articles (which currently make up 95% of the total funded publications) is €1,432 . This is nearly the same value that was collected for the previous report...
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4th FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot progress report

Eight months into the initiative, this is the 4th progress report for the EC FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot , with figures as of Jan 31st, 2016. The report is a complement to the live reporting module whose release was announced a week ago and provides a snapshot of the progress of this funding initiative with up-to-date figures on average APCs and funding request distribution by document types, countries, publishers and journals. The progress report series and the live reporting module in the...
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FP7 Post-Grant OA Pilot report 6 months into the initiative

The third progress report for the EC FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot is already available with figures as of Nov 30th. Six months into the project, the number of approved funding requests is sharply rising following an early October direct communication from the European Commission to every FP7 project coordinator with information on the initiative. The number of funded applications has again more than doubled since the last report and currently amounts to 119. Besides including an updated dist...
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Funded journal titles by the EC FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot

The policy guidelines for this new post-grant funding initiative state that "The FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot provides an additional instrument to improve access to research results from FP7 projects, but does not affect authors' choice on how their project publications are made Open Access ". Some questions have arrived via the Pilot helpdesk asking whether this actually means that hybrid journals are supported by this funding initiative, which is of course not the case , as specifically me...
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Second FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot progress report

       The second progress report is already available for the EC FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot providing information on the first four months of the project with data as of Sep 30th. The results show that the initiative is gradually taking up, with more than double funding requests having been granted in this  4-month period than in the first two months of the Pilot. The rhythm of growth is however slower than initially expected, due to both the season which the initiative has been launched ...
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Publishers and the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot

At the moment, when an author gets an approval for a funding request from the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot s/he is asked to tell the publisher to please issue the invoice for the APC payment to Athena Research Centre and then to upload such invoice in the central system in order for the payment to the publisher to be processed by the project. This is a time-consuming, suboptimal procedure that could be significantly simplified if the Pilot had pre-finance schemes in place with publishers in ...
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“Not Just APCs”: the FP7 Post-Grant OA Pilot's alternative APC-equivalent funding mechanism

The identification of Gold Open Access with the payment of Article Processing Charges (APCs) is a widespread misunderstanding that has often led this alternative route for OA implementation to be dismissed as commercial publisher-friendly and prone to double dipping. However, Gold OA means publishing in any Open Access journal, and it's a well-known fact that over two thirds of the OA journals hosted in the DOAJ charge no APCs to their authors. This is the reason why when discussing the way the ...
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First FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot Progress Report

This post shows the main results of the first report on the FP7 Post-Grant OA Pilot initiative. The report examines the project progress during its first two months of operation, based on the data for approved funding requests for Open Access publishing fees for research articles and monographs collected until July 31 st , 2015. The parallel project workline for implementing an APC-equivalent funding mechanism for non-APC-based Open Access journals and platforms will be summarized in an independ...
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FP7 Post-Grant OA Pilot Q&A with NOADs in the OpenAIRE South Region

Following an invitation from Universidade do Minho, an update on the FP7 Post-Grant OA Pilot was delivered on July 28 th at the monthly coordination meeting for the OpenAIRE NOADS in the South Region, including Portugal, Spain, Italy, Malta, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey. This included a short presentation and a 30 mins Q&A session where different aspects of the initiative were discussed with the NOAD representatives. Lists of eligible FP7 projects were shared prior to the event with the NOADs f...
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FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot Workshop at the LIBER Conference 2015

A well-attended 3-hr FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot workshop was held on June 24th at the University of London Senate House within the LIBER Annual Conference 2015 . Over 60 attendees made it to the event, which was no small feat with five additional workshops being simultaneously held in a parallel session. A quick hand-raising survey at the start of the session showed attendees were mainly representing universities and research centres, with approximately one third of them being UK-based, an...
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EC Gold Open Access Pilot Workshop at the LIBER Annual Conference 2015

A Workshop on the OpenAIRE2020 FP7 post-grant Gold Open Access Pilot will be held on June 24 th at the LIBER Annual Conference in London. This workshop will provide a key opportunity for the dissemination of this initiative, whose success will heavily rely on an effective outreach strategy towards eligible researchers and FP7 projects. The main aim of this event is to provide more information on the progress of the initiative to the institutions attending the LIBER Annual Conference and to share...
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OpenAIRE NOADs and the EC FP7 post-grant Gold Open Access Pilot

A first webinar on the EC Gold Open Access Pilot was delivered to OpenAIRE National Open Access Desks (NOADs) on May 19th following the release of the Pilot policy guidelines on May 7th. The main aim of this dissemination activity was to provide an update on the current state of the Pilot to the OpenAIRE node institutions across the EU that will collaborate with LIBER in further disseminating the initiative in their respective countries. The webinar, which was hosted by EIFL, had 32 attendees fr...
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