signatures have been added to the initiative.
Grants for Institutional Memberships to BioMed Central
A pilot fund to support publication of research from institutions in developing
and transition countries.
The Information Program of the Open Society Institute
(OSI) is pleased to announce a pilot project inspired by the principles of the
Budapest Open Access Initiative (http://www.soros.org/openaccess/).
To support open access to international research and scholarship, OSI will provide
funding to support 50 BioMed Central Institutional memberships for institutions
in countries where the Soros foundations network is active (please see the attached
list of 67 countries). BioMed Central (http://www.biomedcentral.com/)
currently publishes 75 open access journals. The Institutional memberships will
provide the following benefits to the recipient institutions:
- The right for any of the institutionís research
staff or students to automatically qualify for an article-processing charge
waiver when their manuscript submitted to any of the BioMed Central journals
is accepted for publication.
- The right to list all the relevant publications
generated at the institution on a special page on the BioMed Central web site,
customized with the institution's name (including publications in journals
not published by BioMed Central, if those are available in Open Archive Initiative
(OAI) compliant format on a server at the institution).
- The right to a 15% discount on any of the subscription
products BioMed Central publishes (such as review journals and databases).
- The Institutional membership grants will be for
Guidelines for funding:
- Institutions must be engaged in biomedical (biology and/or medicine)
- A geographical balance will be sought in funding.
Institutions interested in applying for a grant for
Institutional membership should submit the following information to Melissa
- brief description
of institution, including size of biomedical (biology and/or medicine) departments
- contact name
- list of biomedical
on funding will be made according to the following schedule:
due September 9, 2002; Awards announced September 23, 2002
Grants for Open Access Journals
A pilot fund to support publication of research by authors from developing and transition countries.
The Information Program of the Open Society Institute (OSI) is pleased
to announce a pilot project inspired by the principles of the Budapest
Open Access Initiative (http://www.soros.org/openaccess/).
To support open access to international research and scholarship, OSI
will provide $100,000 in funding to support the publication in open access
peer-reviewed online journals of articles by authors residing and working
in countries where the Soros foundations network is active (please see
the attached list of 67 countries).
Guidelines for funding:
- Journals that have adopted an open access up-front payment business
model will be eligible for funding (please see http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/boaifaq.htm#journals
for more information about open access funding models). Open access
is defined as free and unrestricted online availability of current content.
Funding will be provided directly to the journal to subsidize the up-front
- Funding will cover the fees for processing of articles that are accepted
for publication in 2002. A maximum of two articles per author per year
will be eligible for 100% funding of the processing fee, while an additional
two articles will be eligible for funding at 50% of the processing fee,
with the additional 50% coming from the institution supporting the research,
the authors affiliated institution, a government agency, etc.
- As this program is targeting international scholarship, journals
published in the following languages will be supported: English, French,
Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
- Funding will only apply to peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly
online journals; other forms of online material, such as databases,
newspapers etc. will not be eligible for funding under this
- The authors must be residing and working at institutions in one of
the 67 countries in which the Soros foundations network is active. If
an article has multiple authors, the majority of authors must meet this
- Scholarly journals from all academic disciplines are eligible for
Publishers of journals interested in applying for a grant should submit
the following information to Melissa Hagemann (firstname.lastname@example.org):
- URL of journal
- brief description of the journals open access business model
- contact name at journal
- list of articles with names of authors and their affiliated institution
- amount of funding being requested
- decisions on funding will be made according to the following schedule:
- Applications due June 14, 2002; Awards announced June 28, 2002
- Applications due September 9, 2002; Awards announced September
Countries where the Soros foundations network is active:
Bosnia and Herzegovina