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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. The right to a 15% discount on any of the subscription products BioMed Central publishes (such as review journals and databases).
  4. The Institutional membership grants will be for twelve months.

Guidelines for funding:

  1. Institutions must be engaged in biomedical (biology and/or medicine) research.
  2. 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 Hagemann (mhagemann@sorosny.org):

  • brief description of institution, including size of biomedical (biology and/or medicine) departments
  • contact name at institution
  • list of biomedical faculty

Selection process:

  • Decisions on funding will be made according to the following schedule:
  • Applications 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:

  1. 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 fees.
  2. 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 author’s affiliated institution, a government agency, etc.
  3. As this program is targeting international scholarship, journals published in the following languages will be supported: English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
  4. 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
    pilot project.
  5. 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 condition.
  6. Scholarly journals from all academic disciplines are eligible for funding.

Publishers of journals interested in applying for a grant should submit
the following information to Melissa Hagemann (mhagemann@sorosny.org):

  • URL of journal
  • brief description of the journal’s open access business model
  • contact name at journal
  • list of articles with names of authors and their affiliated institution
  • amount of funding being requested

Selection process:

  • 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 23, 2002

Countries where the Soros foundations network is active:

Afghanistan
Albania
Angola
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Benin
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Bulgaria
Burma
Burkina Faso
Cambodia
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Chad
Cote d'Ivoire
Croatia
Czech Republic
Estonia
Gambia
Georgia
Ghana
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Haiti
Hungary
Indonesia
Kazakhstan
Kosovo
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia
Lesotho
Liberia
Lithuania
Laos
Macedonia
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Moldova
Mongolia
Montenegro
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Nigeria
Peru
Poland
Romania
Russia
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Slovakia
South Africa
Swaziland
Tajikistan
Thailand
Togo
Turkey
Ukraine
Uzbekistan
Vietnam
Yugoslavia
Zambia
Zimbabwe

 

 

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