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Open Access Publishing Fund

The Open Access Publishing Fund helps UCSF authors cover open access publication fees when other funding is not available.


Fund Updates (updated 30 November 2021):

  1. The Fund is active and accepting applications for fiscal year 2021-2022. Due to reductions in the budget, modifications have been made to who is eligible to apply for funding, effective 1 December 2021:
    • Journal articles: students, postdocs, and staff (see all job series) who are first authors on journal articles
    • Books and book chapters: all UCSF personnel and students, including faculty, may continue to apply for up to $5000 towards publishing an open access book or $2000 for a book chapter
  2. Faculty and all authors are eligible to receive open access funding support through UC-publisher agreements that include open access publishing for UC corresponding authors. See a complete list of OA publishing discounts available to UCSF authors. All UC authors may also share a version of their published articles through UC's open access policies

Please contact us if you have questions about these changes or to find out more about what funding support is available to you. 

About the Fund

The UCSF Open Access Publishing Fund helps cover open access (OA) publication fees for UCSF authors who do not have grant or other funds available to cover them. It is funded and run by the UCSF Library. To apply for funds, read through the Eligibility & Guidelines and Application & Payment pages then fill out the application form.

Funding source

The UCSF Academic Senate provided funding from 2015-2019, supplemented by the Library since 2017. As of 2020, the Library is the sole source of funding. See the 2017 announcement for the Fund's background since Academic Senate funding was provided in May 2015. 

Program goals

  • Provide grants to UCSF authors to defray open access publishing charges when other funding is not available
  • Foster greater dissemination of the work of UCSF scholars
  • Encourage author control of copyright through OA publishing
  • Provide opportunities for the UCSF community to engage in discussion about OA publishing models and wider scholarly communication topics
  • Support UCSF's commitment through the OA2020 Initiative to repurpose subscription expenditures towards OA publishing

See also the frequently asked questions as well as the publications funded.

Contact Us

Have a question about the availability of funds, eligibility of an open access journal, or otherwise about the Open Access Fund? Contact the Scholarly Communication team at the Library.