9th progress report for the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot

With only 2 months left in the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot – which will end on April 30th, 2017 – another progress update is due.

FP7PostGrant_OA_Pilot_9th_progress report.

By now, we have passed the 800 request mark (You’ll notice that the statistics section on our website mentions 687 publications – these are the fully approved and processed ones. For the purpose of these reports, we add the records with status ‘conditionally approved’ as well, as these usually have a quick turnover).

Some remarkable numbers:

  • On March 1st, 799 requests have been processed. 743 have been for research articles, and 43 have been for books and monographs. The remainder concern conference proceedings and book chapters
  • On March 1st, and on a total of 677 approved requests (with invoice), the total amount spent on APCs  is 950,933 EUR, with an average of 1,623 EUR per publication (note that, while article processing charges have a cap of 2000€, book processing charges have one of 6000€).  The median APC, however, is  1429.12 EUR. The report shows a distribution of APCs per price interval – showing two peak numbers for APCs in the 1100 – 1199€ range and in the 2000 – 2099€ range (the last one can be explained by the price cap of 2000€ – all partial fundings would be in this range). Between those two numbers, there is a fairly equal distribution per interval. This distribution graph demonstrates how a large majority of the APCs reimbursed remained well below the 2000€ cap. 
  • If we take a look at the distribution of requests per country and how much that number has grown over the last 12 months (since March 1st, 2016), we see that the same 5 countries remain on top of the list. Spain, UK, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands divide the lion’s share of the requests amongst each other (462 or 58%), followed by a block of 7 countries with each between 20 and 40 requests or another 23% of the total.
  • The top 10 most popular journals are:
    • Scientific Reports (NPG): 89 publications
    • PLoS ONE (PLoS):  68 publications
    • Nature Communications (NPG):  40 publications
    • Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (Copernicus): 23 publications
    • Sensors (MDPI): 22 publications
    • Optics Express (OSA): 17 publications
    • Biogeosciences Discussions (Copernicus): 13 publications
    • Frontiers in Plant Science (Frontiers): 12 publications
    • Cell Reports (Elsevier): 11 publications
      Frontiers in Microbiology (Frontiers): 11 publications
    • Environmental Research Letters (IoP Publishing): 10 publications


There will be a final progress report released after the pilot ends, in the first weeks of May.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Gwen Franck, Open Access Policy officer at LIBER. gwen.franck@kb.nl



Gwen Franck

Open Access Programme Coordinator at EIFL - Electronic Information for Libraries / Open Access Project Officer at LIBER - Association of European Research Libraries

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