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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 are essentially the same as those to vet a traditional, subscription-based journal, with the added criterion of open access. The research should understand 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 OAPF support.  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.   The following 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). The OAPF program does not support publication in hybrid journals although some of our discount programs do include such publications (see below).  Our OAPF program's core purpose is to stimulate and support truly open access publishing.


Publishing Discounts

Our Open Access Publishing Fund isn't the only support University Libraries provides in the interest of Open Access publishing.  We also are able to offer discounts and subvention support for several specific publishers (based on agreements the library or our consortial partners have secured).

Publisher Discount Based on Information for Authors
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 100% VIVA Read/Publish Agreement Information for Authors
BioMed Central (BMC) 15% Institutional Membership Discount on APCs
Ergo: An Open Access Journal of Philosophy 100% Institutional Membership

Waives $20 submission fee

Rockefeller University Press 100% VIVA Read/Publish Agreement Information for Authors
Wiley 100% VIVA Read/Publish Agreement Wiley Agreement FAQ