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Open-access pilot ‘shows funders’ role’

An EU-project paying article processing charges to open-access journals for Framework 7 research is demonstrating that funders can take a bigger role in open access, despite low uptake, the pilot’s coordinator has said.

The OpenAIRE pilot won €4 million from Horizon 2020 to contribute to the APCs. A progress report published on 27 June said that it had funded 421 publications in its first year and allocated about €1m in grants.

Just over half of this money has been spent on APCs, with block grants amounting to €300,000 also being awarded to publishers and institutions as pre-paid funds. Around €200,000 has been allocated to support open-access journals that do not charge APCs.

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