The new policy on Open Access pursued by the British government still raises a lot of controversy and inspires fierce debate. Nevertheless, it is impossible not to notice that the action taken by the government has borne fruit in the shape of newly launched funds for scientific publishing in OA model. Recently, one such fund was launched at the University of Warwick in collaboration between its Library and Research Support Services.
The fund is intended for young researchers who want to publish in the Open Access model. It was announced a couple of weeks ago and will be available until the end of March 2013. Its aim is to support the publication of articles in OA journals and cover the APCs associated with Gold OA.
What will be funded with this money? As it can be read on the official website of the library:
- Any University of Warwick research;
- Any journal which offers a Gold OA option;
- Any journal articles accepted for publication by the end of March 2013;
- Any journal articles already published which the researcher would like to retrospectively make Open Access;
- APC costs can be reimbursed for any articles already published via Gold OA from October 2012.
Funding is available on a first come, first-served basis, and the money must be used by March 31. It is worth checking out the process of applying for funding, which can be found here [link].
The opening of a new fund for researchers willing to publish in Open Access is very good news. This model is becoming increasingly prevalent and is moving slowly into the scientific mainstream.
Although discussions continue on the form of Open Access, the freedom of choice for scientists, and the roles played by universities in promoting OA, as well as the fact that governments are increasingly turning to the introduction of specific policies for OA, allows this model to expand even faster. With the new financial resources, scientists are able to choose an alternative to the traditional model of publishing. Without this opportunity, the move from a “closed door” to an open access model could not be possible.