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Information on the call for “Open Access Transformation Contracts”

As part of a call for proposals, the German Research Foundation is supporting the signing of contracts with publishing companies in order to remunerate Open Access publishing jointly with licence charges. Any process adjustments required in consortia or at institutions for open access transformation agreements can also be supported.

Academic institutions can also submit proposals to develop model workflows for the collection of article fees for hybrid journals spent by their staff. Solutions for the integration of open access and procurement budgets or the development of distribution mechanisms for open access funding are also eligible. In addition to this, institutions can apply for funding for process adjustments to enable participation in transformation agreements. Consortia can receive additional funds for the evaluation of transformation agreements.

As part of this call, in addition to agreement projects mainly organised by consortia, proposals may therefore also be submitted by individual institutions to meet structural challenges at universities in connection with the open access transformation.