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Open Acces Book Fund - closed

The UG/UMCG Open Access Book Fund is now closed and it is no longer possible to submit applications. The fund is discontinued until further notice. The fund was introduced as pilot within the framework of the UG’s Open Science Programme (2021-2023).

Open access bookfund in a nutshell
The fund was launched in February 2022 and to support the publication of monographs or edited volumes by UG authors. Authors could apply for a maximum of €8,000 to support the open access publication of their books. The fund was initially supposed to run until August 2023 but, given its popularity, the budget ran out earlier than expected.

Statistics about the fund’s usage
In total, 66 applications were received, of which 47 were granted, 19 were rejected (due to ineligibility or lack of funding) or withdrawn by the applicants.

The fund was greatly popular with the humanities and social sciences disciplines:
Faculty of Arts (26 applications); Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences (9); Faculty of Religion, Culture and Society (8); Faculty of Law (5); Campus Fryslân (4); Faculty of Spatial Sciences (4); University College Groningen (3); Faculty of Philosophy (2); Faculty of Science and Engineering (2); University Library (2); UMCG (1).

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OAPEN - infrastructure for open access books

The OAPEN Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to open access, peer-reviewed books. Its core mission is to increase the discoverability of open access books and to build trust around open access publishing.

OAPEN operates three platforms:

OAPEN relies on contributions from research institutions, funders, and publishers to carry out its mission. In exchange for their financial support, sponsoring institutions receive benefits in the areas of hosting, dissemination, discovery, metadata support and reporting.


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