OA for researchers with funding from 2013


Every project grant from RJ is accompanied by a grant for publication with open access (OA). With effect from the grants awarded in 2013, the rules were changed. The size of the OA publication grant is now SEK 50,000 for all grants of up to three years' duration that fund positions corresponding to up to 75% of full-time employment. For larger projects, the size of the grant is calculated in proportion to the volume of working time for the researchers funded by RJ. For programmes, costs of OA publication must be included in the programme budget applied for.

Researchers are required to publish their peer-reviewed work in academic journals and conference publications so that it is freely accessible on the Internet. As for monographs and book chapters, RJ urges and encourages researchers to publish these too with unrestricted online access.

  • If the researcher opts for parallel publishing, the article must be deposited in an open archive immediately after its publication in the journal. The article must then be made freely available as soon as possible, or within a maximum of six months.
  • If the publisher does not allow parallel publishing or has a time limit exceeding six months before OA publishing may take place, the researcher must ask the publisher for an OA addendum to the publishing contract or else choose another journal. (For a sample letter and a sample contract addendum to use as starting points, for example, see the templates used by the National Library of Sweden.)
  • If this is unsuccessful, the researcher should ask RJ for an exemption from the OA rule and, in so doing, provide an account of attempts made.
  • If the researcher opts to publish work in an OA journal, the article should also be deposited in the host HEI's open archives.
  • In conjunction with the final financial and academic reports, the researcher must state whether OA publishing has taken place and, if so, specify the publications concerned. If the researcher has had no work published with OA, the reasons must be specified.