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Funds for Open Access fees

According to recommendations reported in the new “National strategy for Open Science” ( ENCA) and commitment of the “Open Science working group” of the SOMM alliance, the Maria de Maeztu Programme at ICTA-UAB is willing to cover OA fees for those publications (i.e., research papers, reviews, comments) accepted or published in Gold Open Access Journals (check ).  

In 2023-2024, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and funding approved at the end of each month (until 31st August 2024). For each publication, a maximum of 3000 euros will be refunded.  

Remember that UAB researchers can publish in Open Access (OA) without paying Article Processing Charges (APCs) for several hybrid journals OR with discounts for selected gold OA journals, thanks to transformative agreements with major publishers.



  • The journal should be in the top decile (D1) or first quartile (Q1) of the correspondent subject area.    
  • The lead author must have ICTA-UAB as primary affiliation.   
  • The article must have acknowledged the María de Maeztu funding (for example, “This work contributes to the María de Maeztu Programme (CEX2019-000940-M) for Units of Excellence of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation or the former MdM Programme 2015-2019).    
  • The article must contribute directly to one of the five strategic challenges of the María de Maeztu programme at ICTA-UAB.     


Fill in the application form and attach the following documents:   

  • A COPY of the published or accepted MANUSCRIPT   
  • A COPY of the article’s ACCEPTANCE LETTER;   
  • The corresponding INVOICE/document describing the publication fee.      


Applications will be considered by the MdM Steering Committee. As many papers as possible will be funded (or re-funded) either totally or partially based on budgetary considerations and the information provided in the application form. In case there are more applications than funds available for a given call, articles will be ranked according to the following scoring criteria:    

  • The article is led by an ICTA-UAB PhD fellow (3 points), a post-doc (2 points), a senior (1 point). 
  • The article involves three or more ICTA-UAB authors (3 points), two (2 points), or only one (1 point).    
  • The article is led by a young researcher funded by a competitive grant scheme with limited funding for research/fieldwork/publication strategy, etc. (e.g. FPIs, FPUs, FI, BdP, JdC-for/inc) (1 point).    
  • The lead author, or any of the other ICTA-UAB co-authors, is/are NOT involved in a large research project that can cover publication fees (e.g., ERCs, Horizon, etc.) (1 point).    

Note: the ranking will also consider if the author(s) have already received funding from previous calls, during MdM-1 and MdM-2.

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