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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

ERC will pay fees at fee-based OA journals

From Matt Cockerill on the BMC blog

Some good news for researchers applying for grants from the recently launched European Research Council (ERC).The council's grant application guidelines confirm that publication costs (such as BioMed Central article processing charges) can be included as part of the direct costs of the grant. ERC funding also includes an indirect component, and  BioMed Central encourages institutions to consider allocating a fraction of this to a central fund to support open access publication by ERC-funded authors.

PS:  For details, see the ERC grant application guidelines at pp. 12, 35.

The ERC is one of the first public funding agencies (after the NIH) willing to pay publication fees at fee-based OA journals.

Update (3/31/07). The March 30 version of the guidelines is now online. The policy is unchanged and still appears on pp. 12 and 35.