» German funder DFG: Why the sudden inconsistency?

“Given this long and consistent track-record, now complemented by two major official statements, one could be forgiven to think that applicants for funding at the DFG now feel assured that they will not be judged by their publication venues any longer. After all, journal prestige is correlated with experimental unreliability, so using it as an indicator clearly constitutes “inappropriate use of journal-based metrics”. With all this history, it came as a shock to many when earlier this year, one of the DFG panels deciding which grant proposals get funded, published an article in the German LaborJournal magazine that seemed to turn the long, hard work of the DFG in this area on its head….”

Conference “What do we want (or not want) from publishers?”, April 18, 2024 | Universiteiten van Nederland

Looking beyond the current Dutch contract with Elsevier

UNL, NFU and NWO are delighted to announce a one-day conference entitled “What do we want (or not want) from publishers? Looking beyond the current Dutch contract with Elsevier” that will take place on Thursday, April 18 2024 in the Domstad Conference Centre, in Utrecht.


Update on UKRI open access policy and fund for books | UKRI

From 1 January 2024, UKRI’s open access policy will apply to monographs, book chapters and edited collections that need to acknowledge UKRI funding.

The policy aims to ensure that findings from the breadth of research UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funds with public money can be freely accessed.

This will enable findings to be more easily built on by the research and innovation community and wider society.

The policy also seeks to support wider community development of open access for long-form research publications.

UKRI is providing a £3.5 million dedicated fund to support open access costs for long-form publications within the scope of the policy.


Webinar: UKRI open access policy for longform publications. Nov 08, 2023 | UK Research and Innovation

UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) new open access policy for monographs, book chapters, and edited collections that need to acknowledge UKRI funding starts on 1 January 2024.

This event will share the latest information about the policy and its implementation. It will also provide an opportunity for participants to ask questions and share experiences about supporting open access to longform publications.

The event is for UKRI-funded researchers and staff that manage open access at UKRI-funded research organisations.

The event will include a webinar and question and answer session, which will be recorded and made available online. There will also be an opportunity to join smaller breakout discussions to share experiences. UKRI may manage attendance of these discussion sessions depending on demand.

Incorporating open science into ANR projects: a practical guide | Zenodo

This guide is available to researchers submitting an ANR project, or those considering it. It aims to help project coordinators plan ahead to comply with open science requirements and guidelines, as it can sometimes be too late to start reflecting on this once a project has been awarded funding. It can also be used to support project coordinators throughout their projects’ lifecycles, providing answers to questions that may crop up along the way. Used at a project’s planning stage, it aims to improve feasibility in projects that are submitted and awarded funding, to facilitate collaboration between partners in the field of open science, to help hone a water-tight, ambitious open science strategy, to plan ahead for risk management, and to budget (data storage and any potential APCs for example). Finally, it is a time-saving tool, in that it raises a certain number of questions as early as possible in the project’s lifecycle, rather than as the project progresses.

Webinar #2 on collective funding models for open access books, 19 July 2023, 2pm (BST) | Jisc

This is the second event in the series where library colleagues will discuss how their libraries are adapting policies and practices to meet the challenges of supporting open monographs.

In August 2021, UKRI launched a new open access policy, which for the first time includes a provision for long-form scholarly works including monographs, book chapters and edited collections published from 1 January 2024. In preparation for policy implementation, Jisc and the Open Access Books Network have come together to hold a series of online events which will focus on different publishing models for Open Access books. This online event is the second in the series, and in it, three library colleagues working in scholarly communications and open research will speak about how their libraries are at various stages of success in adapting policies and practices to meet the challenges of supporting open monographs.


New UKRI monographs policy is evolution, not revolution, of OA landscape | Jisc

by Caren Milloy

On 1 January 2024, a new UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) policy comes into force. It takes the UK’s research sector further along the path towards a wider and more inclusive open access (OA) research landscape. It affects longer forms of research and aims to set broad guiderails for publishers and authors that will be refined and developed over time.

UKRI has funded Jisc to support the implementation of its policy. Our teams are working with the sector to develop new ways to approach longform research, leading to the wider adoption of open access for monographs and book chapters.




UKRI updates guidance for open access policy

From 1 January 2024, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)’s new open access policy will apply to monographs, book chapters and edited collections

The open access policy applied since April 2022 for peer-reviewed research articles acknowledging UKRI funding.

The policy aims to ensure that findings from research UKRI funds with public money can be accessed and built on by the research and innovation community and wider society.

New guidance

UKRI has published the following information to support UKRI-funded authors and research organisations to follow the new policy:

guidance for researchers about our long-form open access requirements
updated UKRI open access policy, including new guidance on using long-form policy exemptions
information about UKRI’s dedicated long-form open access fund and other open access implementation updates
updated guidance on accessing long-form open access funding before 2024
updates to frequently asked questions about the policy, including the use of UKRI open access funding for transformative journals

Open access is less established for books and while open access is preferred there may be instances when open access publication is not feasible. Please refer to the guidance about when and how to apply one of the defined exemptions.



UKRI’s open access policy, a year on | Research Information

Caren Milloy outlines the policy’s impact and the work that made it happen

The launch of the UKRI’s OA policy in April 2022 marked an important waypoint on the journey to open access.

The policy provided a steer for how publicly funded research should be shared, reused, and built upon for the benefit of wider society. For Jisc, it aligned perfectly with our work with the sector to enable open access to UK research and to save the sector time and money.


Laakso & Multas (2023) European scholarly journals from small- and mid-size publishers: mapping journals and public funding mechanisms | Science and Public Policy

Mikael Laakso, Anna-Maija Multas, European scholarly journals from small- and mid-size publishers: mapping journals and public funding mechanisms, Science and Public Policy, 2023;, scac081,

Abstract:This study investigates the relationship between scholarly journal publishing and public funding, specifically concerning the context of small- and mid-sized journal publishers in European countries. As part of the movement towards open science, an increasing number of journals globally are free to both read and publish in, which increases the need for journals to seek other resources instead of subscription income. The study includes two separate components, collecting data separately for each European country (including transcontinental states): (1) the volume and key bibliometric characteristics of small- and mid-sized journal publishers and (2) information about country-level public funding mechanisms for scholarly journals. The study found that there are 16,387 journals from small- and mid-sized publishers being published in European countries, of which 36?per cent are already publishing open access. There is a large diversity in how countries reserve and distribute funds to journals, ranging from continuous inclusive subsidies to competitive grant funding or nothing at all. – Your Gateway to U.S. Federal Science

“Open Science is the principle and practice of making research products and processes available to all, while respecting diverse cultures, maintaining security and privacy, and fostering collaborations, reproducibility, and equity. Federal agencies are celebrating 2023 as a Year of Open Science, a multi-agency initiative across the federal government to spark change and inspire open science engagement through events and activities that will advance adoption of open, equitable, and secure science….”

“… is the U.S. contribution to, which provides access to science information from more than 70 nations…”

Portugal National Funder FCT Agrees Transformative Agreement with Elsevier

“Elsevier, a global leader in research publishing and information analytics has entered into a transformative agreement with b-on to enable continued reading access for researchers affiliated with b-on institutions and open access publishing. This is the first time Elsevier has signed a transformative agreement to support Portugal. It will benefit the member institutions with access to Elsevier’s extensive collection of journals on ScienceDirect. The cost of publishing open access is covered under the terms of this agreement up to a pre-set annual cap. When publishing open access in hybrid journals, eligible corresponding authors do not have to pay an article publishing charge (APC). The new three-year contract will run until 31st October 2024.

Joana Novais, Manager of the b-on Consortium said: “This agreement lays an important stepping stone in the direction of Open Access in Portugal. It is a great honour for b-on to be able to contribute to this transition to OA by providing the authors of its member institutions the possibility to publish an annual average of 2000 OA articles in hybrid journals without incremental costs.”

The b-on Consortium was founded in 2004 and represents 64 institutions, mainly higher education and research institutions across Portugal. It is managed by FCCN, a unit of FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology….”