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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 and run by the UCSF Library.

2020 Updates (updated June 30, 2020):

  1. The Fund is active and accepting applications.
  2. The Library plans to continue providing funding for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020. We will update this information if the availability of funds changes due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. As of July 1, 2020, the sponsor for open access journal article funding requests must be the corresponding author on the article. 

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 background on the availability of the Fund since its inception on May 1, 2015. 

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

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