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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.

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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.

Fund Updates (last updated October 6, 2021):

  1. The Fund is active and accepting applications for fiscal year 2021-2022. Due to a reduced budget, changes to eligibility for applications will be introduced in the second quarter of the fiscal year. The changes will be announced here as soon as possible.
  2. As of July 1, 2020, the sponsor for open access journal article funding requests must be the corresponding author on the article. 
  3. As of October 1, 2020, the maximum amount for reimbursement for new applications for qualifying journal articles is $1,000. Due to a significant increase in applications to the Fund in 2020, it was necessary to decrease the amount from $2,000 to $1,000. The new maximum will help us sustain the fund through the fiscal year and ensure that funding goes to more UCSF authors.
  4. Be sure to check out the UC-publisher agreements that include open access publishing for UC corresponding authors, as well as other OA publishing discounts. Payments for OA articles with these publishers will be handled by the publisher and not through this fund.

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. 

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.