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OA funding and LU's publishing deals

OA funding and LU’s publishing deals

There are many possible reasons for you as a researcher to publish Open Access. Publishing OA increases the visibility and impact of your research, and opens it up to a wider readership. If you have received research funding, it might be mandated by the funding body that the results are published Open Access.

Lund University supports OA publishing and has a number of funds and publishing deals in place that might be a good fit for your next publication. If the information here is not enough or if you have any questions regarding OA publishing, please contact librarian Jon Eriksen.

LU’s APC fund and offsetting deals

If you publish in a pure Open Access journal (Gold OA) that charges an article processing charge (APC) you can apply for funding from LU’s APC fund. 

You can read about the fund and how to apply here.

LU also has a number of offsetting agreements (also called “Read & Publish” deals) with individual publishers. These agreements do not all work the same way, but they do have in common that APC charges are bundled with subscription fees and are prepaid by the university. This means that it is possible for you as a researcher to publish your research in a large number of hybrid OA journals without having to make the APC payment yourself. 

You can read more about LU’s currently active publisher agreements here.

The offsetting agreements are much discussed and are meant to be a temporary solution during a much larger shift in the academic publishing ecosystem, where financial streams are redirected from paying for access to paying for publishing services.

If you want to follow the progress of Swedish OA, The National Library provides a good starting point.

OA monograph fund

LU has a time-limited fund for OA monographs and OA anthologies. The fund is open for applications for a wide range of publication formats and publishing models.

You can read more about the fund and how to apply here (in Swedish only).


Jon Eriksen

Research Support Coordinator
jon [dot] eriksen [at] jur [dot] lu [dot] se (jon[dot]eriksen[at]jur[dot]lu[dot]se)
+46 46 222 10 53