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Open Access Publishing Fund

University Libraries supports Open Access publishing

How to Apply

An individual whose article has been accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed open access journal in which the article is immediately available online is eligible to apply. To apply, an author must complete and submit:

As you complete the application form, you'll be asked to upload these additional items:  

  •  letter of acceptance from the publisher,
  • a copy of the manuscript indicating affiliation of each author on the paper, and
  • a copy of the publisher’s invoice for the article processing fee (may not be immediately available).  The invoice must show "University Libraries" as the party being invoiced (e.g., not the author).  This last requirement is driven by state auditors.

Funding Awards

Applicants will be notified of funding approval. Payment will be made directly to your publisher within five working days, or as soon as possible, upon receipt of an official invoice from the publisher. The University Libraries cannot reimburse an author.

Fees are pro-rated for multi-authored articles. That is, if more than one author from Mason applies for funding support for the same article, the article processing fee will be divided equally, up to the $3,000/article cap. Authors not affiliated with Mason are not supported. Consequently, a publisher’s invoice must indicate what portion of the fee George Mason University will be paying on behalf of the submitting Mason author; this is a Virginia state accounting requirement.

Payment of article processing charges to BioMed Central require a different payment scheme. If publishing with BMC, please contact Wally Grotophorst ( for more details.