Open Access has become an established practice for scientific articles. But this is not yet the case for scientific books. NWO has recently launched a funding instrument for NWO researchers who wish to publish their books Open Access. WUR researchers Bernice Bovenkerk and Jozef Keulartz have already received funding.
Call to publish books Open Access
NWO wants to give more impetus to Open Access availability of scientific books that emerge from its funding. To do so, NWO has launched a special funding instrument to reimburse book processing charges (BPC). As BPC are not included in the project budget, the charges are reimbursed independently of the project timing.
Researchers who wish to publish a book or edited collection Open Access can apply for this funding. To be eligible researchers must show that their research was funded by NWO and that their book went through peer-review. A maximum of 10,000 euros is available for each project to pay the BPC. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.
First NWO-funded WUR Open Access book
The first applications have already been funded, including “Animals in Our Midst: The Challenges of Co-existing with Animals in the Anthropocene”. The book is edited by Dr Bernice Bovenkerk and Prof. Jozef Keulartz and will be available online in spring 2021.
More readers, greater reach
The advantages of Open Access for scientific books are essentially no different to those for articles. It is widely known that Open Access books have a greater reach, are downloaded more often and are cited and quoted up to 50% more than books published non Open Access (Springer Nature, 2017).
- More information on the application procedure & criteria can be found on the NWO website. Please note that due to a hack of the NWO network servers the application process has been suspended until further notice. Please consult this NWO webpage for updates.
- Open Access Publishing. Intranet Group (for WUR staff)
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