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Open Access Publishing Fund

University Libraries supports Open Access publishing

Criteria used to select an OA journal in which to publish mimics those to vet a traditional, subscription-based journal. That is, research the journal’s review process, reputation in the discipline, impact factor (or similar metric), and acceptance rate. In addition to the appropriateness of the subject content, these criteria may have bearing on your decision to submit to a particular journal.

Learn more about what factors to consider when selecting an open access journal to publish in.

Journal Requirements

Requirements must be met by a journal for an individual to apply for OAP funds. The journal must:

The plethora of open access journal titles, and attendant indiscriminate manuscript solicitations, invites caution before entrusting one’s research and reputation with a publisher.   Here's a site that can help you identify reputable publishers:


Hybrid Journals

Authors may wish to publish in a journal that offers the option of paying a fee to make a subscription-based article immediately and freely available online (i.e., the “hybrid” model). Support for a hybrid journal’s optional open access fee will be considered if:

  1. the publisher is a non-profit society or institution,
  2. access to the journal’s proprietary content is available only through subscription with the society or institution and not through a for-profit aggregator like Proquest, Ebsco, or Elsevier,
  3. the fee and its use are clearly indicated on the journal or publisher website, and
  4. the fee is waived for authors from developing nations or those with demonstrated financial hardship.