With Open Access publishing on the rise, new business models emerge. Some journals choose to charge the author a fee to cover publishing costs. Although not all Open Access Journals ask an Article Processing Charge (APC), researchers may have to pay for the publication of their article. Because articles are often published after the research project is finished, this cost is generally not covered by funding.
To overcome this problem, the European Commission launched a pilot to enable projects to reimburse Open Access publishing costs for publications of finalized FP7-funded projects.
The pilot first aims at APC’s (article processing charges) of peer-reviewed publications in full Open Access Journals or monographs and is open to all FP7 projects that ended no longer than 2 years ago. To ensure a balanced funding distribution across eligible FP7 projects a maximum of 3 publications per project can be funded.
OpenAIRE has been asked to manage this pilot and will provide information on the specific criteria for eligibility. The OpenAIRE central service will collect requests to cover APC’s. This central systems will ask for registration, information on the FP7 project and the basic metadata of the publication. Researchers can provide the information themselves or their institutions can request funding on their behalf. The pilot will run until the funding is exhausted, but no longer than two years.
For full details check the pilot guidelines