Overview

Career Stage(s): PhD Candidate (with Masters), Postdoc & Junior Researcher, Established Researcher, Leading Researcher,

Funding Type(s): Support for scientific events & science communication,

Deadline: 20-10-2021 14:00 CET

Call launch: TBC

PROGRAMME SUMMARY

The aim of the OPEN ACCESS FUND is to promote the free access to research results from FNR-(co)funded projects.

The programme provides financial support to cover article processing charges that may arise through the publication of peer-reviewed research results in Open Access.

An Open Access publication is one that is made freely available to any potential reader or user with access to the internet, with the only limitation that the work is properly attributed to its author(s).

Open Access publications contribute to a more efficient and effective use of research results, maximises the potential for innovation, increases the visibility of researchers and their research institutions and provides the conditions for a bigger return on invest of public money.

The OPEN ACCESS FUND also helps FNR-(co)funded researchers to comply with the FNR Policy on Open Access (funded before 2021) and the revised FNR Policy on Open Access (projects funded from 2021)

New: Which open access policy applies?

If an FNR (co)-funded grant falls under an Open Access Policy, all peer-reviewed scientific articles resulting from this FNR (co)-funded grant must be published Open Access.

The date on the acceptance letter defines which Open Access Policy applies to your research publications:

Grants accepted before 1 January 2017

No policy applies 

Publishing fees can be paid by the grant budget

Grants accepted between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2020 and all PRIDE grants until 31 December 2020

Research results must be published Open Access, APC payment by FNR can be done through the Open Access Fund: 

  • Articles published in 2020: retrospective reimbursement via the last Open Access Fund Call in October 2021 (see FNR Open Access Policy for projects funded before 2021)

Grants accepted after 1 January 2021

Research results must be published Open Access, direct payment can be done through the Open Access Fund: 

  • Articles published in 2021 and thereafter: direct payment via ChronosHub (see FNR Open Access Policy for projects funded from 2021)

Plan S Policy applies 

FUNDING SPECIFICS

Eligible beneficiaries:

Beneficiaries of FNR-(co)funded projects for which positive funding decisions were taken after 1 January 2017 in the framework of the following instruments: CORE, OPEN, INTER, INTER Mobility, PEARL, ATTRACT, NCER, BRIDGES, JUMP, PRIDE, IPBG and FastTrack Covid19. The date of the funding decision counts, not the date of the signature of the convention. 

Not eligible are AFR INDIVIDUAL and Industrial Fellowship beneficiaries who carry/carried out their research abroad or spend/spent > 50% on an employment contract with a host institution abroad.

Eligible publications:

  • Open Access peer-reviewed scientific articles or monographs published in 2019 in the scope of FNR-(co)funded eligible projects (i.e. for which funding decisions were taken after 1 January 2017). The date of publication counts, not the date of acceptance for publication.

Eligible costs:

The FNR reimburses costs associated with publishing peer-reviewed scientific articles or monographs in Open Access up to a certain ceiling, provided certain conditions are fulfilled (see guidelines for details).

Types of costs eligible for reimbursement through the Open Access Fund:

  • Article processing charges (APCs) – for articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals (both full Open Access journals (“Gold”) and traditional journals (“Hybrid”)
  • Production costs and costs of simultaneous Open Access publication – for peer-reviewed scientific monographs

Not eligible are:

  • Submission fees (charges levied on articles submitted for publication)
  • page charges
  • charges for colour figures

The level of the FNR contribution depends on the type of publication and the type of journal:

Gold Open Access Article:

Up to €2.500

Only APCs are reimbursed. Additional costs for publications in subscription venues which are not related to Open Access (e.g. submission fees, page charges, colour figures) are not eligible for funding.

Hybrid Open Access Article:

Up to €1.500

Only APCs are reimbursed. Additional costs for publications in subscription venues which are not related to Open Access (e.g. submission fees, page charges, colour figures) are not eligible for funding.

Open Access Monographies:

Up to €2.000

FNR funding covers production costs and the costs of simultaneous Open Access publication. Printing costs are not eligible for reimbursement via the FNR Open Access Fund.

Authors are encouraged to choose journals with lower APCs where possible. In any case, the FNR contribution for a given publication may not exceed the costs incurred by the applying institution/individual.

SUBMISSION AND SELECTION PROCEDURE

To simplify the processes related to the 2017 and 2021 FNR Open Access Policies and the Open Access Fund, the FNR has partnered with ChronosHub, an Open Access management platform. This collaboration will facilitate the compliancy check with the FNR Open Access Policies and the direct payment of Article Processing Charges (APCs) for authors and institutions and will replace the FNR Open Access Fund Call, starting for peer-reviewed articles published in 2021 and thereafter. 

Consequences for 2021 and thereafter

The Open Access Fund Call in 2021 will be the last and will be open for all peer-reviewed articles published in 2020. All FNR (co)funded grants, for which an Open Access Policy applies, that publish a scientific article in 2021 and thereaftermust submit their manuscript through ChronosHub to have the eligible amount of APCs directly paid by the FNR. 

ChronosHub

ChronosHub is an Open Access management platform for researchers, institutions, funders, and publishers. Their mission is to transform the publishing process by maximizing automation to let researchers focus on the research and not the process of publishing research. Since the launch in 2017, ChronosHub is managing over 20 thousand grants and ten thousand Open Access articles along with over 15 million dollars in APCs. For more information, please visit: https://chronoshub.io/. 

To log into ChronosHub, please visit: https://fnr.chronos-oa.com/. Through ChronosHub, it is possible to directly check if journals are compliant with the FNR Open Access policy. Once a journal is selected, ChronosHub will take you to the journal’s submission page, or enable you an easy submission directly to the journal through Chronos. Upon acceptance, ChronosHub will take care of checking the compliancy and paying the respective amount of APCs for you to the publisherAfter payment, if remaining APCs are still left to be paid, you will receive an invoice by ChronosHubIf you have additional questions on the workflow to follow or have received an APC invoice for an eligible publicationplease send a mail tsupport@chronoshub.io.

Info Material 

Additional material can be found here

This folder includes the following files 

  • Introduction to ChronosHub 
  • Video tutorials on how to use ChronosHub 
  • Different organised webinars 

An up-to-date FAQ on the Open Access Fund and ChronosHub can be found on fnr.lu/fnrwebinar.

 

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