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Support to the OAPEN initiative (2020-2021)

Project description

Improving ERC researchers’ open access awareness

The OAPEN Deposit Service supports open access policies of research funders and practitioners (research institutions, universities and their libraries). It provides an institutional uploading service for researchers and publishers and is adapted to the specific demands for academic books, making use of the existing metadata standards, classification schemes and distribution channels for academic books. The EU-funded ERC-OAPEN-2019 project will work to boost the existing cooperation between the OAPEN Deposit Service and the European Research Council (ERC). Specifically, it will support the maintenance and further improvement of the existing OAPEN services and infrastructure and support its sustainability.


The OAPEN deposit service for OA monographs was set up to support funders' OA policies. It was launched in 2014 and has been implemented for the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), the Wellcome Trust, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), and the ERC. Through the deposit service, new publications - funded by these funders - are disseminated through the OAPEN Library.
ERC-OAPEN-2019 is a continuation of the existing cooperation with the ERC. The aim of ERC-OAPEN-2019 is to support the maintenance and further improvement of the existing OAPEN services and infrastructure and to support its sustainability, as well as to help OAPEN strengthen its engagement with publishers and with researchers in support of the ERC's Open access strategy.
OAPEN will engage with publishers to improve awareness of open access requirements, to Improve support for ERC researchers, and to grow self-archiving policies for books and chapters.
OAPEN will engage with ERC researchers through e-mail campaigns and supporting communication material, to increase awareness of open access requirements among researchers, to increase adoption of good practises, and to grow the number of deposits.
OAPEN will engage with funders to develop an alternative funding model to sustain OAPEN services.

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€ 60 000,00
Prins willem-alexanderhof 5
2595 BE Den haag

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West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Agglomeratie ’s-Gravenhage
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