UO Libraries Open Access Article Processing Charge (OA-APC) Award Fund, 2020-2021

During the 2020-2021 year, the University of Oregon Libraries, in collaboration with the UO Senate Subcommittee on Open Access, is offering an Article Processing Charge Award to all UO Researchers publishing in Open Access Journals.

As more high-quality journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences turn to an article-fee based Open Access publishing model, researchers are encountering a new financial barrier to publishing: the Article Processing Charge. Yet, Open Access publishing provides much greater access to research in a way that subscription-fee based publishing cannot, and the UO Libraries is pursuing many ways to support high quality Open Access publishing efforts, including this Article Processing Charge Award.

The OA-APC Fund is intended to support high quality open access publishing by the UO community.

Funding Available

  • Up to $2000 per UO Researcher per funding-year, until funding runs out
  • Requests for more than $2000 for an APC can be made if there are multiple UO Researchers listed as authors on the publication
  • UO Researchers may spread their potential allotment out over multiple requests
  • Funding is allocated for each of the Fall, Winter, and Spring terms to help distribute funding evenly

Applicant Guidelines

  • UO Researchers includes any current member of the UO Faculty, Student Body, and Staff pursing research for publication. Outside researchers may be co-authors, but not the primary/first author. In the case of an outside-researcher being listed as “first” author due solely to alphabetical-listing of authors, please include an explanation.
  • UO Researchers who are early-career will be privileged in the case that more requests are made than can be fully-funded. (e.g. Students, Pre-promotion/tenure TTF and NTTF, etc.) This includes early-career co-authors, but especially applies to early career authors who are the first/primary author of an article.
  • Articles must be accepted for publication in a qualifying publication before applying for the OA-APC Funds

Publication Guidelines

  • Journals must provide free, immediate, online access to the full text of research articles upon publication without restrictions
  • Eligible journals include those listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals, or publishers that are generally compliant with the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association’s (OASPA) Code of Conduct
  • Journals must be peer-reviewed
  • Journals must make their standard fee-schedules publicly accessible
  • Hybrid journals do not qualify (i.e. a journal must be entirely open access, rather than offering “optional-OA” fees as well as subscription-fees)

Process

  1. Submit the Article Processing Charge Application.
  2. The UO Libraries OA-APC Fund Committee will review applications as they are submitted.
     

More Information

For questions about the OA-APC Funds and application process, email Miriam Rigby, rigby@uoregon.edu

For more information about recent Open Access work at the UO Libraries, please see:


Acknowledgements

These guidelines were strongly influenced by APC Fund documents from many libraries. Thank you especially to Ally Laird at Penn State University for sharing some specific wording.