Article Processing Charges (APC) are fees paid by the author, usually with grant money, for publishing Open Access content. Recently, they were a really hot topic, mostly due to the publication of raw data concerning spending by the Wellcome Trust. Data has shown that the average price per article, paid by this organization, which is one of the most prominent Open Access funders, is about 3000$. This amount is much higher than previous studies of the Open Access market have shown. The dataset led Ernetso Priego to suggest a “new (Open Access) serial crisis” – with the prices being raised […]
The launch of Horizon 2020 is probably the most important event in the academic world of the last few months (from an organizational point of view, of course – I’m not comparing it to the supernova blast in M82 or the discovery of the next species of river dolphin). Not only because of the huge amount of money that is going to be spent (€15 billion in the first two years only!), but also because of the strict Open Access policy enforcement. Application calls are open right now and probably some of you have already considered them. The program includes […]
Open Access publishing is becoming an alternative and increasingly popular model for disseminating research papers. It offers three distinct models: Gold, Green, Libre (and numerous variants of all three). In the Gold Open Access, in simple terms, the author publishes the paper in an OA journal or a book, supported by OA publisher. The terms of publication are the same as in the case of traditional publishers, except that the published paper is freely available to the public. The Gold Open Access does not charge the reader and assigns the costs (APCs) to the author, although it should be noted […]
The Wellcome Library is a part of the Wellcome Trust and specializes in medical history. It holds two and a half million titles, and a growing collection of contemporary biomedical information relating to consumer health, popular science, biomedical ethics and public understanding of science. And the good news is that it has just launched an Open Access fund for its users.
Gold Open Access as a publishing model requires funds. As the reader of the journal article has a free access to the content, someone has to cover the costs of publishing process. In this model it is commonly understood – the authors pay. To be published they need to cover APCs. However, it does not mean that they have to dig in their own pockets.
Funding, funding, funding! It is not important whether we talk about Green or Gold OA, since Open Access cannot develop without financial backing. At some point in the publishing process someone has to pay, and for authors looking to publish their papers in OA journals the matter of funding is absolutely crucial. That is why any information about new funds is worth mentioning. So today I have good news – more funding for Open Access, but where?