New institutional Open Access Book Fund

As part of the Open University’s commitment to fostering an open and engaging research culture, a new pilot fund is being launched to support the costs of publishing open access books.

The Open Access Book Fund pilot will run for 2 years from 1st August 2024, and will be open for applications from 5th June 2024. The purpose of the fund is to enable books (that are not arising from externally funded research where the funder meets OA book publishing costs, e.g., UKRI) that are likely to be submitted to the Research Excellence Framework 2029 to be published open access. The fund is limited, and authors can apply for a maximum of £10,000 per book. Edited collections and book chapters are not eligible for the fund.

Full details on eligibility and selection criteria as well as a link to the application form can be found on the Open Access Book Fund pilot webpage on the Library Research Support Team’s website.

Please do get in contact with library-research-support@open.ac.uk if you have any questions or concerns. As this is a new area, we will be reviewing and adapting the processes as we work through them and in light of any feedback we receive.

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