We recently launched our new sponsorship program at the PKP 2011 Conference in Berlin. This program will help to ensure the ongoing progress and development of all of our software, including OJS, OCS, OHS, and OMP. We'd very much appreciate your participation!
Business models for open access are still evolving, and advertising is one possible option to bring in funds (or increase readership through cross-promoting related journals or conferences).
Jan Erik Frantsvåg of the University of Tromsø has conducted a study of advertising and OA journals and shares the results in the latest issue of First Monday. From the abstract:
German journal managers can apply to the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) for funding for expenses arising from the creation, expansion, transformation and operation of scholarly electronic publications. Among other costs, the DFG can finance contributions to PKP software.
Detailed information about the funding program as well as DFG's other Open Access financing opportunities can be found here:
The open access journal Communications in Information Literacy has published The Economics of Open Access on their decision to use the online print on demand service lulu.com and their belief "that a new path of scholarly communication is presently being established by new ideas, innovative technologies, and creative publishing models".
If your journal is located in Canada, and is in the social sciences or humanities, you'll want to check out SSHRC's Aid to Scholarly Journals page -- with up to $30,000 in annual funding!
If you are using OJS and are awarded some SSHRC funding, we'd love to hear about it.