Making Norwegian SSH Research Open Access
In 2017 a selection of key Norwegian language journals in social sciences and humanities was flipped to Open Access. A consortium has been established to select and provide funding for journals on a three year basis.
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A publishing committee, consisting of three deans of research from social sciences and three from the humanities, will review applications and select journals based on quality, impact and financial considerations. The consortium is organised by CERES with support from the Norwegian Research Council and the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions.
The Norwegian Research Council announced in 2015 that its block grants for research journals published in Norwegian language would from 2017 onwards only be awarded to Open Access journals. These grants now form part of the funding, while the rest is provided by converting the previous subscription costs of the largest Norwegian Universities and a transitory contribution from the Ministry of Education and Research. The Ministry, however, has requested that other higher education institutions also contribute funding equivalent to that of their previous subscription costs.
Publishers and journal owners have been requested to apply in accordance with a set of conditions related to quality, openness and availability. These conditions contain terms for licences and reuse, as well as being listed in the DOAJ among other things. Based on the quality and importance of the journals and data from the Norwegian research information system CRIStin, the publishing committee will arrange a prioritised list of journals recommended for funding. Which journals, and how many, permitted to join the consortium will depend on the level of funding and the financial costs of each journals.