Open access


Researchers financed by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond are to publish their results using open access, meaning openly available online. The exception to this is monographs and book chapters, though RJ urges and encourages researchers to publish these using open access as well.

Researchers with grants from 2010 are to publish their research results using open access. This applies to peer-reviewed journals and conference publications. This can take place either through publishing in a web-based journal that uses open access (gold open access) or through what is known as parallel publishing.

The latter means that after publication in a traditional journal, the published material is made available in an open digital archive, such as a university's open digital archive, as soon as possible, but no later than 12 months after the original publication (green open access). RJ also accepts what is known as hybrid publication.

Publications published through open access are to use the Creative Commons license CC BY.

RJ recommends that research data used as the basis for the publications be openly available. At the time of final reporting on grants, the publication list is to clearly indicate which publications have been published using open access and how open access has been ensured.

RJ provides grants for open access publishing

For each grant given within the Projects support form, RJ adds a standard grant of SEK 50,000 for a three-year project that finances up to a 75 per cent position. For larger projects, the grants size is calculated in proportion to the volume of working hours for the researchers that RJ finances. Applications can be submitted for support for open access publishing during the project period. Applications can also be submitted for support after the final report is submitted, but at most two years after final reporting. For grant applications for open access publishing during and after the project period, contact the responsible research officer. For the Programme support form, the costs for open access publishing are to be included in the budget submitted with the application for the programme. For targeted initiatives, please contact the responsible research officer.

If you have question about open access publishing or need practical help, contact your higher education institution.

RJ's other grants for open access publishing

RJ promotes increased publishing with open access not just by requiring OA publishing, but also by supporting different platforms and through collaborating with other organisations.

RJ supports:

  • Kriterium, a platform for the review, publication and dissemination of high-quality academic books, in accordance with the principles of open access.
  • Open Library of Humanities, a publication platform that supports scholarly journals within the humanities.

RJ collaborates with other research funding bodies and with the National Library of Sweden (KB) and its programme KB has been tasked by the government to coordinate Swedish efforts for open access to scholarly publications.

Why does RJ require open access publishing?

Increasing numbers of research funding bodies, both Swedish and international, require that research that they fund be published using open access. There are several reasons for this. Open access publishing increases visibility and dissemination of the research. By more researchers more easily and more quickly gaining access to research results, the research can advance. Researchers outside of academia can access research results without paying expensive fees. This could include researchers active within, for example, health care and education, but open access publishing also contributes to global access to research results. The general public also gains access to research results.