Following the great example of the Austrian Science Fund the Swiss National Research Foundation will fund the publication of Open Access monographs beginning on July 1st. Apparently this forthcoming shift from granting printing subsidies to supporting digital editions was not received positively by many stakeholders in the Swiss scientific community as Caspar Hirschi discusses in his thoughtful NZZ article. However, creating funding opportunities for publishing books in Open Access is an important step in the right direction. This leaves me wondering when the German Research Foundation and other research funding organizations in Germany will finally introduce similar funding instruments.
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