Alternative Funding Mechanisms for APC-free Open Access Journals: results of the first call

In 2016, within the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot, a sub-project focused on Alternative Funding Mechanisms for APC-free Open Access Journals was launched. Approximately one year later, we would like to share the main results of this workline with the public – as we believe these findings can be of interest for other initiatives and publishing platforms.

Out of 17 applications, 11 initiatives have been funded, for a total of €200 000. The approved initiatives planned technical improvements on specific areas such as OpenAIRE compliance, providing article-level information to the DOAJ, systematically collecting and exposing the funding information whenever it’s made available by authors, producing XML versions of the published articles and implementing ORCID IDs. While almost all platforms worked on the above, some also ventured into data integration (for linking, reviewing, sharing and archiving), altmetrics, advanced statistical analysis and DOI integration. During a workhop in December 2016, all bidders got together to share experiences and provide mid-term reports. The table below is based on the final reports provided.

The detailed report of all 11 bids can be consulted here. Contact details of the initiatives are available upon request.



OpenAIRE OAI harvesting ORCID HTML- JATS-XML Article level metadata ingested in DOAJ OJS upgrade Funder information in metadata
Internet Policy Review x x x
Annals of Geophysics x x x
Hrčak x x x x
SCIndeks: The Serbian Citation Index x x x x
Scientific Journals Online x x
Revistas CSIC x x
Information Bulletin on Variable Stars x x x
Open Praxis x x x x
EKT ePublishing x x
Hungarian Educational Research Journal (HERJ) x x x
International Journal of Digital Curation (IJDC) x x x x

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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