The Society has adopted its name after Lars Salvius, a leading 18th-century scientific writer and publisher. He was among other, a publisher at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and editor of the journal Lärda tidningar (Academic Papers).
Grants, project grants and an annual prize
The Lars Salvius Society distributes grants and project grants to science writers, translators, and publishers. The Lars Salvius Society also distributes an annual prize to one or a few that have made significant achievements in research communication.
An enormous amount of copies
An enormous amount of photocopies and digital copies are made each year at universities and higher educational institutions out of copyright protected material from Swedish and non-Swedish books, teaching materials, the press, digital publications etc.
Remuneration for the copying activity is collected by Bonus Copyright Access, an economic association consisting of 15 professional, interest and trade organizations representing authors, publishers and editors.
A small percentage of the collected remuneration from the copying of content in scientific journals and other works is jointly administered by the Swedish Writers’ Union, the Swedish Publishers’ Association and the Swedish Magazine Publishers’ Association. The organizations have formed a separate society tasked with distributing the remuneration in the form of grants, project grants, and an annual award. Writers and publishers who are not members of Lars Salvius' founding organizations are also eligible for grants and project grants.
The Lars Salvius Board
The board of the Lars Salvius Society consists of four members and four deputy members. The board is appointed by the founding organizations. An expert jury appointed by the board distributes grants, project grants and the Lars Salvius Prize.
Grants and project grants are announced each spring. Applications should be submitted no later than September 30 each year. The jury makes its decision later in the autumn.
The annual prize is given to one or several persons who have made significant achievements, primarily within the fields of popular science, scientific research or journalism.
The grants are awarded to persons who have published extensively in the scientific field and whose texts are used, i.e. copied, at universities and other institutes of higher education. The purpose of the project subsidies is to strengthen external communication processes within the scientific community, for example, in connection with the universities' "third task", which involves the development of methods and tools, providing communication skills training and organizing forums through which research scientists and the general public can meet.