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The OpenAIRE2020 FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot: Implementing a European-wide funding initiative for Open Access publishing costs

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      In the first half of 2015 the European Commission launched a new funding initiative to cover the Open Access publishing costs of publications arising from finished Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) projects. This article addresses the opportunities and challenges faced by this FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot and discusses early project findings six months into this two-year initiative. This new and wide-scoped funding initiative arrives at a timely moment when a number of Gold Open Access funds are already in place at institutions in different European countries, which offers opportunities for promoting a gradual technical alignment of Article Processing Charges (APC) management practices. At the same time, there are rather large differences across Europe in the attitudes and researcher culture towards this emerging Gold Open Access business model which will need to be addressed within a swiftly evolving publishing landscape.

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      Stichting LIBER , The Hague, The Netherlands
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      IOS Press (Nieuwe Hemweg 6B, 1013 BG Amsterdam, The Netherlands )
      19 April 2016
      : 35
      : 4 , ELPUB 2015 – Scale, Openness and Trust: New avenues for Electronic Publishing in the Age of Infinite Collections and Citizen Science – The 19th International Conference on Electronic Publishing – Valletta, Malta 1–2 September 2015
      : 235-241
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