Because this fund is limited, please only apply for funds if you have no alternative funding source such as grant or departmental funds to cover the open access (OA) publishing fee. This fund is made available to help defray OA publication charges to UCSF faculty without other funding.
Current UCSF faculty in the following series are eligible to apply for funds, provided they do not have another source for paying open access publication charges. See the Faculty Handbook (pp. 1-6) for series descriptions:
Faculty may be at any rank within the series (Instructor, Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor).
UCSF personnel in all other categories (e.g. students, postdocs, and staff) may apply on behalf of a faculty co-author. Each application must have a sponsor from one of the six series listed above. An awarded application will constitute that faculty member's allocation for the year (journal article) or for two years (book). See amounts covered below.
UCSF researchers are encouraged to include open access article processing charges (APCs) in their grant proposals. Many funders, including the NIH, cover such costs.
Only one author per publication may apply for funds. Eligible faculty may be awarded funds toward one open access article per calendar year, or towards one OA book every other year, so long as funds are available. OA books costing $2,000 or less may be funded once per 12 months.
Publications that otherwise meet the publication criteria below but that charge to download file formats other than HTML will be funded at up to half the amount in the respective category.
Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Note 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.
*Change effective February 5, 2016.
Journal Article Criteria
See this page for more information on assessing publishers.
Names of award recipients and information about publications funded will be included on this web site and in reports and announcements about the fund. Your feedback about this fund is invaluable to our evaluation, so we will send a brief survey to all participants.