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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.

When to Apply for Funds

Requests for funding will be accepted after a submitted manuscript has been accepted for publication by the publisher, but before it has been published.

Note that we no longer accept applications for manuscripts that have not yet been submitted or accepted, for administrative reasons. If you would like to check the status of available funds at any time during your manuscript submission process, please contact us.

To find out whether a publication meets the criteria for funding before submitting your manuscript, please contact us. Reimbursements can not be granted for previously published works.

Open access publication discounts are available through the university for some publishers - please include the discounted amount if applicable in your application.

We request acknowledgement of the UCSF Open Access Publishing Fund in your publication if funding is granted.

Application Form

To request funds, click the hyperlinked button below and fill out the form. Please review all information in the Eligibility, Amounts & Criteria section before completing your application to ensure your publication meets the criteria.

The Library will review your application and provide you with a funding decision as quickly as possible. After completing the application, a copy will be emailed to you with email contacts at the Library in case you have any questions about your application.


The Library can reimburse a payment made by the author or author's department:

  • Reimbursement to the department is through campus recharge.
  • Reimbursements to the author are handled through MyExpense and require coordination through the payee's MyExpense approver.

Reimbursement/payment will only be honored for the publication matching an approved application. For approved awards that are not claimed within three months, the Library will contact you to determine if the funds are still needed.

The Library can not pay invoices directly to the publisher. Note also that sales tax does not apply in California to open access publication charges (non-tangible property; see under Paying Sales or Use Tax). This fund will not cover them if the publisher mistakenly charges them.

Ongoing Funds

The UCSF Open Access Publishing Fund is subject to the ongoing availability of funds through the Academic Senate. Based on demand, the Academic Senate and the Library reserve the right to revise the funding caps for any unapproved applications. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

N.B. The Academic Senate has reviewed and consented to the guidelines and the application process outlined on this guide.