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Funding available for fully Open Access publishing

As we approach Semester 2 we thought it would be a good opportunity to remind St Andrews authors who choose fully Open Access (OA) journals of funds available to support their publishing.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) block grant If you're funded in whole or in part by any of the 7 UK Research Councils and your chosen journal is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (https://doaj.org/) you can access the block grant to pay the article processing charge (APC).

Wellcome Trust and the Charities Open Access Fund (COAF) COAF funds fully OA publication and, until January 2020, continues to support OA in subscription journals (hybrid publication).
COAF will only pay for Open Access and won't pay other publication charges.

Library Open Access Fund Since 2013 this fund has been made available to St Andrews authors who don't have any other source of funds and who choose fully OA journals. 

Provided the submitting or corresponding author is a member of staff, the journ…

14th Berlin Open Access Conference

Last month the 14th Berlin Open Access Conference was held, with the title ‘Aligning strategies to enable Open Access’. Over 170 participants from 37 countries and 5 continents attended the event, and delegates came from a range of organisations including universities, libraries, research funders, and government agencies. This diverse spectrum and the resulting consensus on the conference outcomes clearly shows the strength of the current drive for Open Access. The international appeal of the event is a clear sign too that the concerns around subscription pricing and the slow progress to open access are global and international.

“As it became clear from statements made by representatives from Japan, the United States, South Africa and others, that readiness to adopt this approach is now extending beyond Europe, where it originated, and is currently being adopted in several countries; in particular, this was emphasized in a bold statement from China, the nation with the largest share o…