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Open Access Publishing Fund

The Open Access Publishing Fund provides funds to UCSF faculty for publishing journal articles and books under an open access model.

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 by the UCSF Academic Senate and the UCSF Library, and run by the Library.

2019 update: The Fund is active and accepting applications. The Library is supplementing the Fund on a trial basis in 2019 in order to support publications without a faculty author.

To apply for funds, read through the Eligibility & Guidelines and Application & Payment pages then fill out the application form.

Since 2017, the UCSF Academic Senate has dedicated at least $95K annually towards open access (OA) publishing and open science (see 2017's announcement). In 2018 and 2019, the amount was increased to $110K and $120K respectively, with a portion of the funds earmarked for faculty workshops in partnership with the Library's Data Science Initiative.

The goals of this program are to:

  • Provide grants to faculty and other academic 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 faculty, other scholars, and librarians to engage in discussion about OA publishing models and wider scholarly communication topics
  • Support the efforts of UCSF to promote new and transformative open access publishing in lieu of subscription journals, in alignment with the OA2020 Initiative, of which UCSF is a signatory

This fund went into effect May 1, 2015. See also the frequently asked questions as well as the publications funded.