The Nordic Board for Periodicals in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOP-HS) invites proposals for funding of Nordic scientific journals within the humanities and social sciences. The NOP-HS supports open access Nordic journals of highest scientific quality that promote renewal within their fields and aim to promote the dissemination of qualified research results. NOP-HS is a sub-board to the Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS).

Type of grant NOP-HS Scientific journal grant 2016
Objective The aim of the grant is to promote the dissemination of qualified research results within the humanities and social sciences. The NOP-HS supports open access Nordic journals of highest scientific quality that promote renewal within their research fields.
Subject field Humanities and Social Sciences
Applicant status Editor or editor-in-chief, must hold doctoral degree
Grant period One year, from 2017-01-01 to 2017-12-31 or
three years, from 2017-01-01 to 2019-12-31
Grant amount Small grant: 30 000 SEK per year
Medium grant: 60 000 SEK per year
Large grant: 120 000 SEK per year
Transition to open access: max. 90 000 SEK once
Total call budget 4 000 000 SEK
Call deadline 2016-09-13, at 14.00
Grant decisions published Beginning of December 2016
Grant start 2017-01-01
Where to apply Prisma, the Swedish Research Council’s application system

Grant Application Requirements

The NOS-HS secretariat including NOP-HS is located in Sweden from 2015 to 2018 and will be subject to Swedish administrative law accordingly. This means that any application or applicant that does not fulfil the guidelines and criteria of the call may be rejected at any time and not processed further. The grant funding from the NOP-HS is subject to the availability of appropriate funds in the budget of NOP-HS.

The applicant

The grant is open for editors or editors-in-chiefs of open access Nordic journals within the humanities and social sciences. The editor/editor-in-chief must hold a Nordic doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree.

The journal

To be eligible for the NOP-HS scientific journal grant, your journal must:

  • Have a broad Nordic editorial board with members from at least three different countries represented in the NOP-HS: Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The editorial board must be responsible for the journal’s policies and all members must hold Nordic doctoral degrees or equivalent foreign degrees. The editorial board should be composed of scientific experts and be representative of the journal’s scientific domain.
  • Have a review system with external quality control. All submitted material must be reviewed by at least two scientific experts independent of the editorial team.
  • Be electronically accessible from the first issue of 2017.
  • Have abstracts in English for all published articles.

Your journal must also be open access:

The NOP-HS requires that the scientific articles published with its support are open access. It means, in brief, that the articles can be found via a search on the Internet and can be read by everyone, free of charge. Open access following the green model means that a traditional subscription-based journal allows that the author of an article publishes a copy of the article open access in a digital archive, after that the final version of the article has been published in the journal. Open access following the gold model means that the journal is published immediately as open access in the Internet.

  • Journals applying for a one year grant must as a minimum allow self-archiving of published articles in open digital archives following the Green open access model from the first issue of 2017 at the latest.  The maximum allowed publisher embargo period for maknig the articles open access is 12 months.
  • Journals applying for a three year grant must, in addition to above, be fully open access from the first issue of 2019 at the latest, following the Golden open access model.

Administrating organization

The grant must be administered by a Nordic university, a Nordic higher education institution or other Nordic public organization that fulfils the Swedish Research Council’s requirements for administrating organizations and have an organization account in Prisma. Register an organization account here.

Please note that you will not be able to submit your application unless your organization has been approved by the Swedish Research Council. Make sure you create an account in time as approvals may take up to two weeks.

Allowed costs

The grant may be used to cover all costs directly related to the journal, for example graphic production costs, electronic publishing and distribution costs, language revision costs and operation costs.

Grant period

The grant is awarded for either one year or for three years starting January 1st, 2017. Any remaining funds may be used for up to an additional six months after the grant period has ended.

For three year grants, priority is given to established journals with stable finances.

Financial report

For all grants funded by the NOP-HS, a financial report must be presented each year within the prescribed deadlines.

If you have received funding from the NOP-HS before, you can only apply for a new grant if your final financial report for the previous grant has been submitted within the prescribed deadline. Should a financial report be missing, your current application will be rejected.

Grant sizes

The grant is available in three sizes: small, medium and large. Your journal will be placed in a grant size depending on number of issues and pages published per year.

Small grant: 30 000 SEK per year

A starting grant for newly established journals that cannot yet show great impact, but make a convincing case of the journal’s quality and need for the journal.

Medium grant: 60 000 SEK per year

For journals publishing less than three issues and 300 pages per year. One issue is expected to contain a minimum of three refereed articles.

Large grant: 120 000 SEK per year

For journals publishing at least three issues and 300 pages per year. One issue is expected to contain a minimum of three refereed articles.

Transition to open access: maximum 90 000 SEK in total

In addition to the three grant categories, you may request for funding covering additional costs incurred in connection with transitioning to open access publishing for a maximum of 90 000 SEK in total. To receive this grant, your journal must become open access from the first issue of 2017.  You may also apply for this grant to transfer from green open access to gold open access. Your journal can only receive this grant once. You can apply for the transition to open access grant alone or together with the scientific journal grant.

Evaluation of applications

The evaluation of the applications is done by active researchers who are members of the NOP-HS committee. All applications will be assessed on their quality, impact and stability. Aspects considered in the evaluation include:

  • Does the journal have a Nordic or international orientation with a broad range of both Nordic authors and readers?
  • Is the journal regularly indexed in international databases?
  • What is the ranking level and impact factor of the journal?
  • What is the share of refereed scientific articles of all published content?
  • What is the accept rate for articles submitted on authors’ initiative?
  • How important is the journal in relation to other existing Nordic journals within that field?

The size of active readership must be documented by average number of downloads per article. Journals with a local focus are not financed by the NOP-HS.

Journals that receive funding from the NOP-HS are regularly assessed by independent experts. Some of the journals that apply for funding under this call will be subject to external assessment during the grant period. Especially journals that are applying for funding from NOP-HS for the first time, or have not received grants in the previous two years may be subject to external assessment.


The grant decisions of the NOP-HS committee will be made official in early December 2016, with a list of successful applicants being published on the NOS-HS website. Additionally, all applicants will get a notification on their decision through Prisma.

Instructions for applying

You will find all information needed for applying by following the links below. We advise you to familiarize yourself with the instructions and the grant application system Prisma in good time before the call deadline. Application addenda will not be accepted after the deadline has passed.

If you do not fulfil the terms and conditions or have not followed the instructions of this call, your application may be rejected at any time and not processed further.

Please note that both the applicant and the administrating organization must have accounts in Prisma for the application to be submitted successfully.

New administrating organizations must be approved by The Swedish Research Council, which may take up to two weeks.

NOP-HS general terms and conditions

Instructions for applying


Apply here – The call will open for applications on 17 August at 14.00!


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