Results of the 2nd call for funding for non-author fee based publishing initiatives

After a successful first round of funding for 11 non-author fee based open access publishing initiatives who wanted to apply technical improvements to their platforms, OpenAIRE is happy to announce the results of the second call, launched last autumn. This call was mainly focused on supporting initiatives that want to experiment with alternative business models, as OpenAIRE wants to acknowledge the efforts that are being made, within the OA publishing landscape, to develop, pilot, and apply business models other than author fee based  supporting ongoing and new initiatives that put an effort in investigating or experimenting with sustainable and scalable alternative business models.


The six initiatives that will be funded are the following:

  • Mattering Press: a consortium of 6 scholar-led open access book publishers will investigate how to transition away from charging book processing charges by developing a single platform for open access books that will experiment with alternative means of funding.
  • IBL PAN:The Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences will design a sustainable open access business model for their journals, starting with a pilot for the most prominent journal in their portfolio ‘Teksty Drugie’ .This will happen in collaboration with the OpenEdition platform.
  • SciPost: The SciPost Foundation will implement its consortial funding model, recruit Fellows for its editorial colleges and create a portal template that will be reusable beyond the field of physics.
  • FAOO: support the ‘flipping’ of journals in Linguistics and Mathematics according to the Fair Open Access principles
  • Language Science Press: creation of a manual for community based open access publishing initiatives, together with the business data and business model – in order to provide an evidence-based business model canvas for start-up initiatives in linguistics and other disciplines
  • Open Library of Humanities: OLH wants to solidify and scale-up their already successful business model, in order to ensure long-term sustainability by increasing the number of libraries and consortia participating

OpenAIRE and the selection committee hope that with this selection we’ll be able to support a broad range of initiatives and activities, and we are very much looking forward to the results of the work.

The initiatives that have received funding will conduct their work during the first half of 2018.

There will be mid-term reporting at the end of March and during a workshop on the subject of alternative business models that will be organised by LIBER  on April 5th and 6th in The Hague.

We will keep you in the loop via this blog!

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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