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Open Access Publishing Fund

University Libraries supports Open Access publishing

How to Apply

An individual who is otherwise eligible (as specified in this guide) and whose article has been accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed open access journal (as defined in this guide) in which the article is immediately available online, is eligible to apply.

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.  The invoice must show "University Libraries" or "George Mason University" as the party being invoiced (e.g., not the author and the author's Mason affiliation).  This last requirement is driven by state auditors and we have no flexibility to modify the requirement.   If an invoice cannot be generated that shows the amount the OAPF fund is reimbursing and lists the University as payee, we offer the option of inter-departmental transfer of funds to the author's department if that unit pays the publication fee.

Note: Please read through this entire guide before filling out the OAPF application form.



Funding Awards

Applicants will be notified of funding approval. Payment will be made either (a) directly to your publisher, or (b) to your department. The University Libraries cannot reimburse an individual author. For more information, see "Requirements > Reimbursement Requirements" from the left-side menu.

Turnaround: a minimum of two weeks, and depending on the publisher, the applicant, and the capacity of the OAPF staff.